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.

Pledge Your Stimulus Check

Redistributing our stimulus checks as an act of mutual aid is grounded in an understanding of the inequitable systems we all operate within and of the value of everyone in our community, individually and collectively. No-one is expendable; we need each other, and we must support and protect each other.

💵 If you have yet to pledge your check or a donation, you can pledge here.

Fundraising team members will be reaching out to pledgers individually to check when they receive their checks and help them direct their money to MA Redistribution Fund or to individuals referred to us by our partners such as Keep It 100 for Egleston and Mass Coalition of Domestic Workers.

We also want to highlight these 3 fundraisers which are in need of funds.

  • Chelsea Collaborative is supporting immigrant families in Chelsea which has been hit hard by this pandemic. Donate to support their efforts.
  • Autistic People of Color Fund has existed since 2018, and is inundated with requests from individuals who may not otherwise be able to access resources.
  • MASWAN and SWOP-Boston are raising funds for sex workers who will not receive financial support thru stimulus or unemployment.

SURJB COVID19 Mobilization

☎️ 📋 ✊ Action Hours

Wednesdays in May, 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.

🚗 Driving

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. City Life Vida Urbana has also published housing rights and resources during COVID-19.

Get Involved

Immigration Justice

💵 Student Immigrant Movement DACA Renewal Fund

The Supreme Court has yet to make a decision in regards to DACA. As the days pass DACA recipients need to renew their application and need community support to make that possible. Please donate to the SIM DACA Renewal Fund here.

☎️ ✊ Take Action in Solidarity with People in Bristol ICE Detention

On the night of May 1st Sheriff Hodgson carried out an attack against people detained by ICE in Bristol County House of Correction. Contact Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren and your state representative to ask that they visit Bristol and the people previously detained in Unit B. Follow the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network on Facebook for more updates and action alerts. Spread the word to #FreeThemAll!

✉️ #FREETHEMALL FROM ICE

Put pressure on regional ICE officials to demand the release of all people in detention! Read BIJAN’s COVID-19 calls to action for context, email scripts, and sample social media posts to take action with our community members locked up in immigration jail.

💵 SUPPORT THE MASSACHUSETTS UNDOCUFUND

The MassUndocuFund for Covid-19 Relief was launched by a coalition of immigrant service providers and advocates to provide direct assistance to undocumented victims of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Massachusetts. Donate today to support undocumented children, families, and communites affected by the pandemic to recover and rebuild.

Public Education

📋 #OurCityOurSchools Petition

Please join us in sharing the message on social with #OurCityOurSchools, and if you haven’t done so yet, please sign the BTU petition here: https://btu.org/ourcityourschools/.

📋 Student Immigrant Movement Petition

SIM (Student Immigration Movement) is asking for folks to help fight to ensure that BPS has a transparent policy around sharing student information with ICE. You can get more information about SIM’s demands, sign, and share the SIM petition demanding a clear and fair policy here: bit.ly/NoICEinBPS. They are just over 2,000 signatures. Spread the word!

Housing Justice

📋 Sign and Share the Housing Guarantee

It's going to take thousands of people to join the housing justice movement calling to:

  1. Ban evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery period
  2. Cancel rent and mortgage payments for all those unable to pay during the crisis
  3. Guarantee that in the aftermath of the crisis renters and homeowners will not face eviction, foreclosure, or pressure to repay impossible levels of housing debt from the crisis
  4. Provide comprehensive support to people who are unhoused or living in overcrowded conditions, including safe isolation for the sick and relocation of people in crowded shelters

Sign and share the Housing Guarantee at housingguarantee.org!

Teach-In and Building Power

Sunday, 5/24, time TBD

Join the Housing Justice Action Partnership for political education and virtual community building to better understand the moment we are in and how we can 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

✊ WEEK OF ACTION #7

Building Up People Not Prisons is holding another week of action to keep up the pressure on our targets. Our officials are not asking fast enough, and we will not stop until they #FreeThemAll!

This week instead of daily actions we will have several actions to do over the course of the week. Keep an eye out for facebook live updates each day. More information about can be found here: tinyurl.com/maweekofaction

Support Julio Coming Home!

#DeeperThanWater member and loved penpal of one of our organizers is coming home early on parole, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Help us raise $5000 to cover his housing and living expenses after 28 years in a cage: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8oLNY2Gtzd

📋 Free Raymond Gaines!

Sign this petition 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!

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.

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!

Grab Yourself by the Bootstrap

Get Educated

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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