Mutual Aid During the COVID-19 Crisis

“We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.” -Gwendolyn Brooks

As we settle into the stride of this intense crisis, we invite you to continue to take action, to make movement habitual and stay connected across distance. We’ve got our ship in shape and hopefully continue to make the work we’re doing together easier to follow - and don’t hesitate to reach out.

Fundraisers for Solidarity during COVID-19

SURJB raised $22,228 for COVID19 relief efforts! We are deeply moved and excited by what we have been able to do together.

💵 Pledge your stimulus check here.

We want to highlight these 2 fundraisers and encourage you to give:

We raised $22,228!

SURJB COVID19 Mobilization

☎️ 📋 ✊ Action Hours

Wednesdays in April, 12-1 PM

Register here for action hours—this link is recurring, you can choose one or more sessions, and you can register again if you don’t know your schedule yet

SURJB members will guide participants through an hour of making calls, sending emails, signing up for volunteering, and signing petitions. We hope this helps combat isolation while building social solidarity!

☎️ Get Resources 2 Neighbors Phonebanks

Tuesdays, 6-8 PM: register here
Saturdays, 12-1 PM: register here

You can sign up for one or more sessions, and you can register again if you don’t know your schedule yet.

In partnership with State Rep Liz Miranda and Boston City Councillor Ricardo Arroyo, we are calling our elderly neighbors in Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester, and Roxbury to see how they are doing and if possible connect them to resources. SURJB will provide a quick training and materials! We’ll let you know which list we will be focusing on for each phonebank.

💵 Donate

Pledge your stimulus check - we will help match your donation to an organization or individual.

SWOP-Boston and MASWAN Fundraiser for front line workers who are ineligible for unemployment and stimulus money to counter systemic discrimination against sex workers. Donate via cashapp: $jlambe2, maswan@protonmail.com for questions.

Autistic People of Color Fund this fund has existed since 2018, and is inundated with requests from individuals who may not otherwise be able to access resources.

🚗 Driving

Deliver meals and groceries to seniors in Dorchester, Tuesday 4/21 and Friday, 4/24; arrive between 11:15-11:30am.

Deliver groceries and supplies in Dorchester, Sundays 1-3 pm (form is a general sign up, you will get direct information after signing up).

Deliver meals to BPS students in Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Dorchester, weekdays lunch and dinner shifts (general form, more info provided after signing up)

Deliver groceries with Solidarity Supply Distro, Mondays and Sundays (general form, more info provided after signing up)

✊ 💵 Critical Supplies

SURJB is helping to collect critical supplies for 12th Baptist Church in Roxbury and Cape Verdean Association of Boston. We're suggesting that folks drop off Tuesday before 8 PM and Friday before 8 PM. Please email back (surjbemergencyresponse@gmail.com) for porch drop off information in JP, Roxbury, West Roxbury, Dorchester, Allston/Brighton, Belmont, and Cambridge.

To get connected to more ways to help out, please fill out our community offers survey (if you haven’t yet).

Neighborhood Mutual Aid Networks

Neighborhoods are starting their own mutual aid systems where people can offer resources and request support. There are opportunities to volunteer, donate, and offer/request support at the links below.

Resources
Huge thanks to both the Asian American Resource Workshop and Massachusetts Jobs with Justice who have compiled Boston and MA specific resources in response to COVID-19. This includes everything from grassroots demands around COVID-19, how to teach an accessible online class, and local resources for supplies and support.

Get Involved

Stand with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe!

📋 SIGN THE PETITION: PROTECT MASHPEE WAMPANOAG RESERVATION LANDS

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the very tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims in the 1600s, is at risk of losing what is left of their homelands due to a determination made by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. Sign the petition today: tell Congress to protect Mashpee Wampanoag reservation land!

Public Education

✉️ SIM (Student Immigration Movement) is asking for folks to submit testimony for an April 15th School Committee Meeting as the Committee plans on introducing a rather weak policy to protect students from ICE. You can also attend SIM’s watch party on their Facebook page at 6 PM on the April 15th.

📋 Another way you can help fight to ensure that BPS has a transparent policy around sharing student information with ICE. Sign and share the petition (bit.ly/NoICEinBPS). They are close to 2,000 signatures. Spread the word!

📋 Boston Education Justice Alliance (BEJA) is asking that folks sign a petition supporting teachers, families, and students due to a new partnership with the state, a form of receivership in the way it takes away local power. Learn more and sign the petition here: https://btu.org/ourcityourschools/ (they have 2,118 names and are hoping to get to 2,500). Other ways to get involved:

The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) has helpful information on how COVID-19 is impacting Boston Public Schools (BPS). For the latest information and to learn about their Volunteer Corps, go to https://btu.org/coronavirus/

Housing Justice

☎️ Keep Up the Pressure: Sign the Housing Guarantee

The housing guarantee calls to:

  1. Ban evictions and foreclosures
  2. Cancel rent and mortgage payments
  3. Guarantee that in the aftermath of the crisis renters and homeowners will not face evictions/foreclosures
  4. Provide comprehensive support to people who are unhoused.

The House and Senate are working on a stronger bill to put in front of the Governor; we need them to know we want the strongest bill possible. Sign and share the Housing Guarantee to make our voices heard. If you know organizations who can sign, please share it with them as well. We need thousands of signatures.

Teach-in and building power

Saturday 4/25, 3 PM

Join the Housing Justice Action Partnership and the Allston/Brighton Base Group for political education and virtual community building to better understand the moment we are in and to how we will keep building momentum for rent control after the state of emergency has been lifted. If interested, please RSVP. More details to come!

Eviction Help

Are you, or someone you know, worried about getting evicted? Call City Life/ Vida Urbana's hotline:

Prison Abolition

#DriveHerHome Action

Thank you to everyone who participated in the car caravan and rally from MCI Framingham to South Bay. Over 60 cars turned up to say #FreeOurFamilies and #FreeHer. We heard from women and people inside both prisons that they could hear us and feel our support! Right now, there are 17 cases of novel coronavirus at MCI Framingham, producing a higher infection rate than Rikers.

✊ Week of Action #4 (look back to this link for updates to be posted by Mon am)

Building Up People Not Prisons is steering all that momentum to keep up the pressure on our targets for another week. Our officials are not acting fast enough!

Keep an eye out for facebook live updates each day.

📋 Free Raymond Gaines!

Sign this petitition to demand a retrial for Raymond Gaines who was wrongfully convicted of 1st degree murder and armed robbery in 1975. He has been wrongfully imprisoned for 44 years, stolen from his family, loved ones, and community.

✊ Black & Pink Volunteer Drop In

Black and Pink’s mission is to abolish the criminal punishment system and to liberate LGBTQIA2S+ people/people living with HIV who are affected by that system, through advocacy, support, and organizing.

These drop ins welcome any kind of abolitionist energy, whether reading and entering mail into the database, writing letters, playing cards, or just chatting. Formerly incarcerated and court involved people especially encouraged to attend. Cis, straight and/or free world allies are welcome!

Immigration Justice

☎️ AARW Weekly Phone Zaps

Wednesday 4/15 (12-1 PM) and Thursday 4/16 (4-5 PM)

Come together with AARW for a power hour to support campaigns they’re working on by taking action over social media and by phone. Check the link for more details to come!

✉️ Support Hunger Strikers at the Wyatt Detention Center

More than 60 people detained by ICE at the Wyatt Detention Center in RI have launched a hunger strike to demand release in the midst of the pandemic. Show solidarity by putting pressure on regional ICE officials—email scripts available in BIJAN’s post.

☎️ ✊ 📋 GE WORKERS NEED YOUR SOLIDARITY

Now GE workers in Lynn are standing up for their right to safety and the safety of our communities – will you stand with them?

  1. Sign and share this petition to the CEO of GE!
  2. Call GE’s Boston Headquarters at (617) 443-3000 to let them know you support the workers’ 5 demands.
  3. Take the Social Distancing Solidarity Challenge!

💵 Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund

Asian American Resource Workshop, along with their community partners, is raising funds to directly benefit Asian immigrants who are not otherwise eligible for public assistance and many government resources.Donate to their emergency relief fund! If you can donate over $750, there is a matching donation effort - make larger donations here.

☎️ Take (Remote) Action to Demand ICE Release All People from Detention!

In response to COVID-19, the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network calls for the following demands. Please amplify, share, and make calls to your elected officials as possible! #ReleaseThemAll

Childcare

✊ Volunteer with the Greater Boston Childcare Collective

GBCC supports local racial justice and intersectional organizing by providing free childcare during meetings, events, and actions so that caregivers and children can fully participate. We provide care for groups being led by folks most impacted by oppression and who are on the front lines of their movements. Find out more information about GBCC here and on Facebook.

The GBCC Planning Team is looking for people who want to volunteer as a carer and for those interested in volunteering as a member of the GBCC Planning Team. The Planning Team does all the behind-the-scenes work of partner relationship building, care coordinating, and future planning. As we enter our fourth year of existence, we want to grow our network, Planning Team, and sustainability. Join us if you are invested in racial justice and enjoy caring for kids!

Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form if you'd like to become a volunteer carer.

Contact Morgan at morganch93@gmail.com if you'd like to learn more about joining the GBCC Planning Team or with any questions.

Grab Yourself by the Bootstrap

Get Educated

Virtual SURJ Brunch with CCI anti-racism trainer Donna Bivens on Desegregation and the Boston Busing Crisis

Sunday, May 3, 12:30 PM, Online

Donna Bivens will lead a discussion on this important Boston history from the 1970s. This would be a good time to read J. Anthony Lukas's Common Ground. SURJ Brunches are open to all. Please invite others.

We'll be sending out the Zoom link closer to the time. Look for the link in a future SURJB Actions and Updates.

KNAPSACK ANTI-RACISM GROUP

Knapsack is a multiracial group hosted by Community Change Inc that is committed to challenging the system of racism in the United States and the world. We engage in dialogue, build community, and support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations. We are dedicated to the struggle for shared liberation.

White People Challenging Racism

Moving From Talk to Action: Find classes and sign up on the WPCR website

Community Change, Inc.

SURJ Boston is a project of Community Change Inc (CCI), a Boston-based organization shining a spotlight on the roots of racism in white culture with the intention of dealing with racism at its source.

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