October 11, 2020
⭐ New or updated content | ☎️ Phone calls | 📋 Petition | 🍎 Education | ✊ In-person or remote action | 💵 Donations | 🚗 Driving
Please feel welcome to forward this email to others!
Every Wednesday 12 to 1 PM
Want to host your own?
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.
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.
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.
⭐This week we want to share with you the work of Dorchester Not for Sale (DN4S), a resident-led community alliance that’s committed to centering the needs and voices of families most-at-risk of displacement throughout Dorchester. DN4S has been doing critical community work during the COVID-19 pandemic:
With the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, DN4S has expanded our work into feeding our community and being an information and organizing hub for housing justice while continuing our work in City wide campaigns. We've been distributing grocery bags to 180 families per week throughout Dorchester, with our home base at the VietAid community center in Fields Corner. We've pushed for legal protections from eviction as our community survives and recovers from the pandemic. We're participating in the Coalition for a Truly Affordable Boston, and Homes For All's Week of Action to pass the Housing Stability Act, because we know that the crisis of displacement and gentrification is affecting all communities in Boston and across the state. We anticipate that the funds will go to ongoing food efforts and possibly used for a fridge at VietAid.
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
Thanks to the leadership of Indigenous organizers, the city of Boston has announced that the Columbus statue in the North End’s Waterfront Park will not be put back up after its beheading this summer, and instead will be replaced with a different statue honoring actual Italian immigrants. Thanks to all who signed the petition!
Over 300 people turned out for the SINKING COLUMBUS rally and march yesterday! It was a beautiful event. Read Mahtowin Munroe’s post for more detail. For more on the campaign to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, see these videos for native testimony to Newton City Council and join the Indigenous Peoples Day MA Facebook group.
As Indigenous organizing ramps up in October and November for Indigenous Peoples Day and the National Day of Mourning, and the continued push for the Indigenous legislative agenda, please join SURJ Boston in raising $1000 for the United American Indians of New England (UAINE). Donate at this link and email us at SURJBindigenousSolidarity@googlegroups.com to let us know how much you gave!
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. All proceeds will benefit their organizations. Register here.
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
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.
Sunday, October 18, 11:30AM-3:00PM
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 preparing 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.
In this interview with the Guardian, anti-fascist activist Emily Gorcenski explains the basics of modern anti-fascist research work.
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.
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:
For VietAID they are accepting the following donations:
We have drop off sites in Allston, Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Jamacia Plain, Roslindale, Roxbury, Somerville, and West Roxbury. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Less than 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.
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.
Last week, community members from around Massachusetts marched, rallied, and phone banked to stop the 100,000 evictions that are coming if the MA government does not pass the Guaranteed Housing Stability Act (H.5018) now. Check out some of the events that were held here. The fight is not over yet!
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:
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 our goal of 1900 signatures by Monday!
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.
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.
$7000/$9000 needed! Let’s help Jordan during his reentry as he works and supports his family.
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.
Support the Families for Justice as Healing demands for the new Boston Police Department contract with the city by signing this petition!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Friday, November 13, 6:30-8pm
Celebrate a year of uprising and resilience with our anti-racist community! This annual celebration and fundraiser is a highlight of the year. There will be interactive activity rooms and a short speaking program!
Contribute to SURJB's Annual Fundraiser for CCI
Every year, SURJB works to support our parent organization - in recognition of the ways they are laying the infrastructure for anti racist organizing against the white problem of racism in New England.
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.
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.
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):
See all upcoming meetings on our Meetup page, and please RSVP here if you can attend. M ore options are regularly added.
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.
Moving From Talk to Action: Find classes and sign up on the WPCR website.
Commit to doing just one thing this week.
We can do this.
Click on green text to follow links for more info!