May 31, 2020
Join a march today at 6:30 PM in Nubian Square for #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor #JusticeForAhmaudArbery!
Review some notes for white people at protests here (but please do not post photos of protest participants without their consent)
Read Stay Healthy So You Can Stay in the Streets (from Boston Area Liberation Medic (BALM) Squad)
"Black Boston is a community organization formed by young activists from Boston, in response to the unjust killings of Black people. We are calling members, friends, and allies, to join us in a protest on Sunday, May 31st, 2020 at 6:30PM EST."
SURJ Boston has been asked to hold a white affinity space during the Not One More action being organized by Violence in Boston Inc. and Black Lives Matter Boston on Tuesday, 6/2 from 7-9 PM. Registration required!
We will be using the space to lift up ways for white people to get plugged in to organizing against white supremacy for the long haul, as well as hold our own rage and grief in such a way as to not hinder Black, brown and indigenous organizers. Register for the affinity space and get more information here or on the Facebook event.
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.
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.
For this week we are also promoting three organizations who do an excellent job reaching out to their communities and ensuring that people get the help they need.
All of these organizations help people who might otherwise not receive assistance and generate a sense of community in these troubling times. Further, all three have been consistent partners with SURJB since the COVID-19 crisis began. We are once again asking folks to give to these organizations because of their steadfast commitment to their communities. Thank you!
Call on Governor Baker to follow baseline measures to protect public health in any reopening plan and ensure that all ongoing discussions of Massachusetts' COVID-19 response and recovery include robust representation of labor, communities of color, seniors, and public health experts from across the state.
Wednesdays in June, 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!
Solidarity Supply Distro: South End, 549 Columbus Ave. Sunday and Monday afternoons. Sign up to drive here.
Dot Not 4 Sale Groceries and Meals: Dorchester, 42 Charles Street. Tuesday and Friday, shift 11:15am-1:15pm; Thursday and Saturday, arrival time 4-5pm. Forms released on a rolling basis; email email@example.com to be referred to their driver pool.
Violence in Boston Meals: Dorchester, 651 Warren Street. Every week day, shifts stagger every half hour from 1-5pm. Time commitment varies, plan for 2-5 hours. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com) for porch drop off information in JP, Roxbury, West Roxbury, Dorchester, Allston/Brighton, Belmont, and Cambridge.
✊ 💵 Dorchester Grocery Distribution
DROP OFF ONLY AT THESE TIMES: Saturday, 11am-2pm; Wednesday, 4-6pm; Thursday, 1-3pm. VietAID boxes at 42 Charles Street, Dorchester.
SURJB is assessing whether or not we can include these in porch drop offs. Stay tuned. You can also support monetarily by donating here.
To get connected to more ways to help out, please fill out our community offers survey (if you haven’t yet).
✊ 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.
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.
This week will be focused on the demands of the Community Takeback action occurring on Wednesday (see below). We will focus primarily around budgets and cutting funding for police and prisons. We’re keeping going this week, making sure that Governor Baker and other powerbrokers don’t use the confusion and chaos of coronavirus to push through new jail and prison construction.
The doc will be updated by Tuesday! Keep checking back. As ever our weeks will feature:
(NEW DATE) Wednesday, 6/3, 4-6PM
Building Up People Not Prisons, in solidarity with Black and brown people calling attention to the most incarcerated corridor in MA - from Nubian Sq to Franklin Field - will be doing a car caravan this Wednesday. This car caravan is appropriate for all white allies, including suburban allies and people of color from outside Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. Register here, and please DO NOT share publicly on social media.
On Tuesday, 5/5, #DeeperThanWater comrades Wayland “X” Coleman and Jeremy Woodley were thrown in solitary confinement at NCCI Gardner for organizing a tray refusal as part of incarcerated people demanding proper, nutritious food, fresh air, and decarceration. They organized mutual aid to feed everyone in their unit as part of this simple protest, and have since been cut off from contact with DTW organizers and their commissary accounts. PLEASE CALL and demand they be returned to general population, in addition to providing all incarcerated people healthier, more substantial, and more varied food options.
#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.
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!
Dropbox folder with the video and caption text or watch on facebook. A big heartfelt thank you to those who donated (we were able to cover honoraria and most of the cost of captioning!) and participated.
Muslim Justice League is calling for an end to the Department of Homeland Security’s recently rebranded program- Targeted Violence and Terrorism Program (TVTP), formerly Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) which profiles, surveils, and criminalizes Muslims and people of color. Follow Muslim Justice League on Facebook to stay updated on the national campaign to stop CVE and end TVTP.
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 communities affected by the pandemic to recover and rebuild.
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.
On May 1st, guards at the Bristol County House of Correction, along with Sheriff Thomas Hodgson himself, attacked people being held in ICE detention. In solidarity with people at the Bristol County House of Corrections, Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network has put forth a list of demands. Please share their demands and follow BIJAN on Facebook to stay updated.
Our partner, Boston Education Justice Alliance, (BEJA) is asking for folks to sign a petition to stop BPS from laying off one of their exemplary teachers. You can sign the petition here.
In regards to the Our City Our Schools Campaign (fighting against the state partnership with BPS) if you haven’t done so yet, please sign and share the petition here: https://btu.org/ourcityourschools/. They are trying to get to 2,500 signatures!
SURJ Boston is raising money for the Maine Lobster Feed—going forward this year in a virtual format! Last year, we raised $2,000 to support incredible grassroots organizing in our communities. This year, we’re showing up by raising $2,000 again for eight organizations, many of whom SURJ works closely with: Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), Families for Justice as Healing, Haymarket People’s Fund, Muslim Justice League, New England United for Justice (NEU4J), Resist, Inc., and Student Immigrant Movement (SIM). Can you help SURJ Boston raise $2000?
It's going to take thousands of people to join the housing justice movement calling to:
Are you, or someone you know, worried about getting evicted? Call City Life/ Vida Urbana's hotline.
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!
The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute's 24th Annual (Virtual) Mother's Day Walk for Peace over $340,000 in online and offline donations. Let's get them closer to their $400,000 annual goal! This important organization serves families and communities in Boston and surrounding cities who have been impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss. Please watch this short video and donate what you can. Every little bit helps!
Sunday, 6/14 12:30PM
The SURJ B Prison Abolition Action Partnership formed about a year ago and has worked on multiple campaigns while deepening our relationships with one another and with the concept and work of abolition. At brunch we'll share about how we work as a group, about our partnerships, and about our projects, past and present. We'll discuss together what prison abolition means and why we are in this work. Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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.
Moving From Talk to Action: Find classes and sign up on the WPCR website
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.
Join Community Change Inc. in a series of conversations around what we, as people committed to racial justice, can do together in these unique and challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the deep inequities that are built into American society. We are faced with an opportunity to re-envision what a society centered on racial justice would look like and build that together. We are isolated from each other physically and finding new ways to connect, build community, and take action to create racial justice. CCI hopes you will join us on Zoom soon.
Calls will be offered on Thursday at 7:00PM (June 4, June 18, and July 2) or Monday at noon (June 1, June 15, and June 29).
To RSVP, you should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the dates you want to join the call in the subject line.
Commit to doing just one thing this week.
We can do this.