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⭐☎️ 📋 ✊ ACTION HOURS

Every Wednesday 12 to 1 PM
Want to host your own?

  • Trainings the last Wed of the month 1-1:30pm! (just stay logged in)

Register here for action hours and invite friends to action hours on Facebook. Now with extended dates through December!

Overwhelmed by the number of actions you see each week? SURJB Active Members guide participants through calls, emails, petitions, fundraisers and more as we build the movement for racial justice! We provide more context on the calls to action and insight on how our actions help to advance the struggles we are working on.

Training Ourselves and Supporting our Partners

💵 SURJ Boston Relational Uprising Training and Partners Fundraiser

This year SURJB has a cohort of five leaders attending four months of Relational Uprising trainings in an effort to expand upon and deepen our chapter's culture and practice of relationship-based organizing. We are hosting a fundraiser to help cover the costs of the training, and to match what we spend on our own leadership development with investment in BIPOC-led organizations that also work to bring up the next generation of leaders. Can you help us raise $7,000? Of that amount, $1,600 will help cover training costs, and $5,400 will be split evenly between Community Change Inc, Sisters Unchained, Student Immigrant Movement, and Dorchester Not For Sale. You can donate here.

SURJ National

☎️ Swing Georgia Left: Voter Outreach Work

Saturday, October 17th, 1:00 - 4:30 PM and every other following Saturday

SURJ National is organizing us to repeatedly call a set of 100,000 white voters in Georgia between now and the November election. These are voters who are not receiving calls from the Democrats or others, and we will be engaging them in deep conversation, with the goal to help them realize their common stake with people of color in making transformative change in our country.

You can sign up for any of the upcoming phone banks on SURJ National's website. You can also sign up to make calls to recruit phone bankers on Thursdays, or support these efforts by making a donation to both SURJ National and the New Georgia Project.

Indigenous Solidarity

SINKING COLUMBUS: BOSTON MARCHES FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY

Saturday, October 10, 12:00-2:00PM
Boston Common
Rally and march to demand that the City of Boston honors Indigenous People's Day and commits to NOT returning the Columbus statue to Boston's waterfront. More info here. If you want to connect with other SURJB members that will be attending, you can email SURJBindigenousSolidarity@googlegroups.com. Please share with your community!

Can't attend but want to support local Indigenous organizing in other ways?

⭐️🍎FILM DISCUSSION: THE CONDOR AND THE EAGLE

Friday, October 16, 2020 7-9pm

This award-winning documentary demonstrates the ongoing collective climate awakening and the imperative of urgent change, featuring Indigenous women leaders. Registrants for the film discussion will receive a link to watch the film prior to the event. The virtual event is hosted by the First Church in JP UU, and the panelists for the film discussion are Erika Perez, Mayans without Borders (Guatemala); Jean-Luc Pierite, NAICOB; Sherri Mitchell, Wicuhkemtultine Kinship Community & Learning Center.

Register here - $0-$50 sliding scale, all proceeds will benefit their organizations.

📋 Add your name to demand the permanent removal of the Columbus statue at Boston's Waterfront Park

☎️ CONTACT YOUR REPS: CHANGE THE STATE FLAG AND SEAL!

The House of Representatives has not yet voted for a review of the racist Massachusetts state flag and seal. Call and email your reps TODAY during this extended legislative session and urge them to vote to change the flag and seal, and to ban Native mascots! Follow the link for an easy way to send messages to your elected officials.

We appreciate and acknowledge that we live (and are guests) on Indigenous land. We want to be mindful and respectful of this, treating the land (and our environment in general) like any place we would be as a guest. To get informed about the land you live on: native-land.ca and usdac.us/nativeland

Confronting White Supremacists

⭐✊KICK FASCISTS OUT OF BOSTON!

Sunday, October 18, 11:30AM-3:00PM
Copley Square

Super Happy Fun America, the same group of white nationalists who brought us a Straight Pride Parade and a series of racist rallies and who have been busy praising Kenosha murderer Kyle Rittenhouse, is planning to be back in Boston again on October 18th. This time, they are rallying against “democrat violence”. Right-wing groups like the Proud Boys and SHFA have been the perpetrators of violence in the past, and this rally is their way of preparinging themselves to enact more violence in the coming months. Fascism is no match for a united people -- commit to joining us for this rally organized by Solidarity Against Hate-Boston by completing this form.

⭐✊Counter Right-Wing Rally in Quincy

Wednesday, October 7, 3:45-7:00PM
600 Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy MA

Outside organizers have been coming into towns all across Massachusetts over the last several months for racist rallies, where they recruit and send messages of hate. In a time where we’re all witness to an endless stream of videos documenting the extrajudicial murders of Black people by police officers, the true intent behind “Back the Blue” rallies is clear: to intimidate people of color in our communities and to celebrate their oppression at the hands of the police. It’s time to show up against hate for a counter-demonstration organized by Solidarity Against Hate-Boston. Join our announcement list below for more details over the coming days.

⭐🍎✊THE DATA SCIENTIST EXPOSING US WHITE SUPREMACISTS: “THIS IS HOW YOU FIGHT NAZIS”

In this interview with the Guardian, anti-fascist activist Emily Gorcenski explains the basics of modern anti-fascist research work.

✊ JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST

Join our Confronting White Supremacists Announcement List to hear from us about opportunities to learn more and take action against non-state white supremacists and fascists in New England.

🍎 Political Research Associates (PRA) Fall Webinar Series

PRA is a “social justice think tank” doing key research and political education work on the full spectrum of far-right activity and ideology in the US. Their fall webinar series is packed full of learning opportunities.

Read more about each topic and register for webinars here.

Mutual Aid and Supplies Collection

💵 Alert: Food and Critical Supplies Needed

Our mutual aid partners (Cape Verdean Association of Boston, 12th Baptist Church, and VietAID) continue to remind us that critical supplies like food and sanitary products continue to be in high demand. As this crisis continues and our society adapts to this “new normal” we cannot let our neighbors be forgotten, now is the time to give if you can. Please donate each week if you are able to help our neighbors stay afloat in a crisis that disproportionately affects those already most targeted by racism and white supremacy.

This week we’re asking folks to focus on the following items for 12th Baptist and CVAB:

  • Nonperishable foods, particularly ethnically appropriate food (Vietnamese, Chinese, Caribbean, Cape Verdean) - HIGHEST NEED
  • Diapers
  • Toilet paper

For VietAID they are accepting the following donations:

  • Oatmeal (boxes of individual packets)
  • Mac n’ cheese
  • Tuna

We have drop off sites in Allston, Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Jamacia Plain, Roslindale, Roxbury, Somerville, and West Roxbury. Please email surjbmutualaid@gmail.com for more information.

Public Education

🍎 BTU and MassCOSH School Walkthroughs

The Boston Teachers Union and representatives from MassCOSH (Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health) walked through 105 Boston Public School buildings using a safety checklist for COVID-19 readiness; they found that most of the schools toured do not meet the requirements needed to open safely. Read the full report here and read the Boston Teachers Union’s article on the walk through and the results here.

📋 SUSPEND THE ADMISSIONS EXAMS!

Just 507 signatures left to go! Let's get this over the finish line! The Boston Education Justice Alliance (BEJA) is asking for folks to sign this petition to ask the BPS School Committee to act swiftly in adopting the recommendation of the BPS Opportunity Gap Task Force and suspend the exam based admissions policy for Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy and the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Sciences, and we further call on the School Committee to direct the BPS to design an alternative selection process that does not use an exam for SY 20-21. The entrance exams are frequently a barrier for black and brown students and with the disruption to the school year due to COVID-19, they are even more problematic.

💵 SUPPORT Unafraid Educators

Please consider donating to the Unafraid Educators COVID-19 Relief Fund for students and families in Boston Public Schools who need financial support during this time. Also, please share the form with those who might need it.

Housing Justice

⭐️✊WEEK OF ACTION: STOP EVICTIONS AND FORECLOSURES!

Join the week of action for housing stability! All Boston tenants, homeowners, and community members invited to show up Sunday, Oct 11 at 2pm for a rally on Boston Common to make the final push for the Guaranteed Housing Stability Act and help organize to resist displacement. Or, click here to join or plan an event in an area near you.

☎️ CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS: DEMAND HOUSING RELIEF FOR MA RESIDENTS

October 17th is fast approaching! According to housing advocates and agencies, more than 100,000 Massachusetts households can't pay their rent or mortgage and we are headed for a housing "catastrophe". A MA bill stops evictions until October 17, and a new national one till December 31, but those only buy us a few months. The Guaranteed Housing Stability Act (H.4878/S.2831) would:

  • prevent evictions for at least another year
  • prevent rent hikes
  • establish a Housing Stability & Recovery Fund to relieve small owners

Call and email your legislators using this easy tool. Ask them to support the Housing Stability Act H.4878/S.2831. If they’re a co-sponsor, ask them to request that Speaker of the House Robert Deleo and Senate President Karen Spilka schedule an immediate vote.

⭐️ 📋 ALERT: SIGN TO PROTECT ESSENTIAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT!
We are still collecting signatures. The lawsuit has not been dropped. Boston residents-- sign the petition and send an email to demand Monty Gold to drop the lawsuit against the Pine Street Inn's project - one of the largest affordable and supportive housing projects in Boston. Help us reach 1600 signatures by Monday!

✊ VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: FLYER TENANT ASSOCIATION BUILDINGS

Help City Life/Vida Urbana and SURJ flyer (socially distant) tenant association buildings the last Saturday of the month to provide residents with important information. If you're interested, please sign up using this form.

SIGN UP FOR HOUSING JUSTICE ACTION ALERT LIST

Learn about upcoming events and actions happening in real-time and how to get connected with SURJ B’s Housing Justice group and support the Boston area housing justice movement. Sign up here.

Prison Abolition

⭐️ 📋 ✊ Week of Action: Building Up People Not Prisons

  • Building Up People Not Prisons knows the only opposition to No Cost Calls is the sheriffs! We also know that our advocacy caused Senate President Spilka and Senator Creem to work on advancing this bill - these fights are slow but we are making progress!
  • Please call your Sheriff and congressional leadership to demand that we make progress on the legislation!
  • SURJ Boston joined around 100 other organizations and individuals in supporting No Cost Calls for incarcerated people in MA. Read the text of the open letter to the MA Senate here !

💵 DONATE TO HELP A YOUNG FATHER

Let’s help Jordan during his reentry as he works and supports his family.

💵 DONATE TO HELP KIMYA'S HOUSE

Kimya's House is a re-entry home run by and for formerly incarcerated Black women -- open on time in spite of setbacks from the pandemic.

Immigration Justice

⭐🍎💵JOIN COSECHA MA AND LAMPLIGHTER BREWING CO. TO CELEBRATE LOCAL IMMIGRATION JUSTICE ORGANIZERS!

With the extended MA legislative session, Cosecha and others engaged in the fight for dignity for immigrants find ourselves at a point of reflection, celebration, and perseverance. In this combination beer tasting, teach-in, and concert, we’ll hear directly from some of the organizers who have led us this year, in the fight for licenses for all in Massachusetts as well as the coordination and distribution of mutual aid to hundreds of immigrant families across the state. And we’ll fundraise together with a shared goal: to pay these organizers what they deserve!

⭐💵HELP AN ACTIVIST ASYLUM SEEKER IN A TIME OF LOSS

Please give what you an to support Irma, an activist leader who is part of Movimiento Cosecha and the BIJAN community in a time of loss.

🍎Muslim Justice League: Learn more about the #StopCVE/#StopTVTP Campaign with a New Toolkit

The Department of Homeland Security has just announced the grant awards for their 2020 Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) program. This program is the latest version of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), a government surveillance program that exploits community need by deputizing social service providers to police the politics, religious practice, and other behaviors of community members. Since its inception, CVE has consistently targeted Muslim communities across the US. Learn more today with this toolkit put together by MJL and the #StopCVE Coalition and share on social media.

💵Quinceañera of Rebellion: SUPPORT SIM

On November 6, Student Immigrant Movement will be virtually celebrating their Quinceañera of Rebellion. Join them to honor the stories of resistance and persistence of undocumented youth. Every week leading up to the gala they will be highlighting a SIMmer! Get your tickets here.

In honor of their 15th anniversary, a donor has stepped forward to match all donations made in September, up to $4,000. Help them reach this donation goal by becoming a Dream Sustainer here.

💵 SUPPORT MASSACHUSETTS JOBS WITH JUSTICE

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice is continuing to celebrate their month of movement-building and movement-giving. Follow them on Facebook to learn more about their ongoing work and campaigns. You can donate or become a monthly sustainer here!

💵 SUPPORT THE BOSTON IMMIGRANT ACCOMPANIMENT NETWORK BEYOND BAIL FUND AND LEGAL DEFENSE

BIJAN is a be part of the National Bail Fund Network, a coalition of abolitionist organizations that raise funds to pay bail for people in pretrial detention and immigration bond for people in ICE detention. These intertwined systems are harmful and racist, disproportionately depriving Black and Brown people of their freedom in a system of mass incarceration that exists to reinforce white supremacy and create profit. We hope that you will continue to support the many important bail and bond funds, including Beyond Bond and Legal Defense!

Grab Yourself by the Bootstrap

Community Change, Inc.

⭐Save the Date: Up Rising Virtual Gala & Drylongso Award Celebration

Celebrate a year of uprising and resilience with our anti-racist community! This annual celebration and fundraiser is a highlight of the year.


SURJ Boston is a project of Community Change Inc (CCI), a Boston-based organization promoting racial justice and equity by challenging systemic racism and acting as a catalyst for anti-racist learning and action.

In 1968, as a result of the Civil Rights Movement and in response to the Kerner Commission which named racism as "a white problem”, CCI was birthed. CCI promotes racial justice and equity by challenging systemic racism and acting as a catalyst for anti-racist learning and action. CCI accomplishes its mission through education, advocacy and working in solidarity with others to organize for change.

SURJ Brunches

🍎 Zoom BruncH

Sunday, November 8, 12:30-2:30PM

SURJ Boston's monthly brunches are a time to build community and deepen our understanding. Each month has a topic and featured presenters in an area related to racial justice organizing.

Register here: tinyurl.com/2020surjbrunch. An email with a Zoom Link will be sent to you.

Get Educated

🍎 Boston KNAPSACK ANTI-RACISM GROUP

Knapsack is a multiracial/cross-class group of folks dedicated to the struggle for shared liberation. We engage in a variety of group discussions to build community and awareness, and take action to disrupt the systems of racism in the U.S. and beyond. We support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations.

Join us in Knapsack meetings (all on Zoom for now):

  • weekly : Overwhelmed as an Antiracist and Activist?; Act 4 Change Together
  • monthly : book discussions ; Act 4 Change Support ; Facilitation Training/Support ; EJI Chronology ; Crafting Together ; Writing Out, Speaking Up ; Talking to Kids About Race and Racism; Debrief on Knapsack Meetings...and more are regularly added
  • series: Disrupting White Supremacy Culture; Knapsack 101 (unpacking one section of our Group Culture)

See all upcoming meetings on our Meetup page, and please RSVP there if you can attend.

Join the Facebook discussions. This is an alternative to the Meetup group; it is not required to join this FB group to join/attend the Meetup group. All are welcome in both.

🍎White People Challenging Racism

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

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