November 8, 2020
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Last Tuesday a team of over 40 of us showed up as poll watchers and off site communications to protect our people showing up to vote on election day. As we celebrate the deep organizing, led by black and brown communities, that went into defeating Trump this election, we know there is a lot of work ahead of us. Check out these upcoming actions related to this election season that SURJ National is calling on us to take:
Join SURJ to celebrate defeating Trump and to talk about the work that is ahead of us. This year, we showed up in powerful multi-racial coalitions to win key races across the country, AND we know that more white people voted for Trump in 2020 than in 2016. Let’s recommit to racial justice together to ensure that white folks who were activated against Trump don’t fall silent and complacent under a Biden administration. This is a moment when we have the opportunity to build white support for the powerful vision for justice set out by POC leadership. We’ll talk about what this work looks like and how you can get involved
Stayed tuned as we monitor the next stages of this election and join us in taking action this election and beyond!
As we prepare for action and a new wave of uprising next week, SURJ Boston finds our grounding in the partnerships represented in this newsletter and our relationship with Community Change, Inc who has been working on the white problem of racism since 1968.
CCI anchors us in a long organizing tradition and we are working to raise $8500 this year as an investment in our continued growth. CCI is responsible for convening the SURJ Boston chapter in 2014 and helping us navigate thru the last SIX years of movement building. Donate here.
Friday, November 13
Main event: 7-8 PM
This annual celebration honors the courage and persistence of ordinary people doing extraordinary anti-racism work! Guest speaker is Dr. Atyia Martin, founder of All Aces, Inc. & the before and after will feature 8 exciting, interactive virtual workshops on CCIs history, work, and visions for the future. You'll also hear from SURJB members if you attend the virtual studios! Buy your tickets To Up Rising here, today!
Over 100,000 MA households are at risk of eviction following the expiration of the eviction and foreclosure moratorium on October 17th. Read a report for more context.
Governor Baker has the power to listen to the people most impacted and pass a bill that would meet the scale of the problem and instead, he is funding bandaid projects through the eviction diversion program. We continue to join housing justice advocates to demand Governor Baker pass the Guaranteed Housing Bill. Check out footage from a rally at Boston Housing Court on October 29th.
Please keep calling your legislators in support of the bill! Demand long-term stability for renters, small landlords, and homeowners through the passage of the Guaranteed Housing Stability Act.
Did you or someone you know receive a notice to quit? Call or share Ci ty Life/ Vida Urbana's eviction hotline at 617-934-5006 for English and 617-397-3773 for Spanish
We need all hands on deck now to build defense against a wave of evictions. Get trained with City life/Vida Urbana to get the word out about rights people have under the national eviction moratorium and about Residential Assistance for Families in Transition, or RAFT (rental assistance) while we continue to fight for the Guaranteed Housing Stability Bill to be passed. Please sign up using this form.
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. We are just 67 signatures away from our goal of 2000 - help us get there by Monday and check out a recorded teach-in to learn more about supportive housing.
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.
Wednesday, November 11, 7-8:30 PM
Are you looking to support black-led organizing to defund systems of harm and punishment, and reimagine communities where everyone can live in health and safety? Join SURJ Boston and Families for Justice as Healing Director Mallory Hanora for a Support Circle for the Building Up People Not Prisons (BUPNP) Coalition! Learn how to strategically pressure your local elected officials and leverage your power as a constituent in formation with the statewide movement to end the incarceration of women and girls in MA. This session builds off the recent BUPNP Symposia on October 16th and November 8, but is open to all.
Donate and become a Dream Sustainer to support immigrant youth to protect their community!
Follow them on Facebook to learn more about their ongoing work and campaigns. You can donate or become a monthly sustainer here!
Policing, incarceration, and deportation are rooted in white supremacy and anti-blackness. Black immigrants make up about 7% of the total non-citizen population in the U.S., but they represent over 20% of immigrants facing deportation because of the criminal punishment system. Donate to the Black Immigrants Bail Fund (a fund co-run by the Haitian Bridge Alliance and African Bureau for Immigration and Social Affairs) to join them in the call to #abolishICE
Thursday, November 26, 2020, 12 PM - Cole’s Hill, Plymouth
Join in solidarity with the United American Indians of New England (UAINE) for the 50th annual National Day of Mourning, “a solemn, spiritual and highly political day.” March with UAINE through historic Plymouth, or join for the livestream if you are unable to take action in person. (Stay tuned for livestream details!) Let us know at SURJBindigenousSolidarity@googlegroups.com if you’re interested in joining a SURJB contingent!
The Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness has created an extensive list of resources for learning: 21-Day Racial Equity Indigenous Challenge – Fighting White Supremacy Since 1492. You can do your own self-guided study, and/or you can join the before the National Day of Mourning.
Thanks to everyone who has donated so far, we are almost at our goal of $1000 for UAINE’s annual fundraiser! Donate at this link and email us at SURJBindigenousSolidarity@googlegroups.com to let us know how much you gave.
The House of Representatives has not yet voted for a review of the racist Massachusetts state flag and seal, or for a ban on Native mascots. 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
We’d like to invite our community to attend this series of learning opportunities hosted by Unity Circles on November 21st. Features include storytelling by Tlingit elders on the indigenous origins of Circle process and Restorative Justice as well as a youth-led panel sharing Transformative Justice skills and ideas delved into and practiced this past summer. Unity Circles, led by women of color, is a Boston based organization that SURJ members have been building a partnership with over the last two years. Tickets are available here.
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.
Local activists have released NewEnglandWhiteSupremacists.com to contribute to the goal of exposing, opposing, and defeating local white supremacist movements. This is a great resource to share from your personal or organization’s social media pages. Feel free to reshare this one from Solidarity Against Hate Boston!
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 are in high demand. PLEASE DONATE EACH WEEK YOU ARE ABLE to help our neighbors stay afloat in a crisis that disproportionately affects those already most targeted by racism and white supremacy.
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, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Roxbury, Somerville, and West Roxbury.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
With Education Commissioner Jeff Riley's new stance that all schools should be prioritizing full in-person learning or a hybrid model, we're likely to have some actions popping up! In the Boston Public Schools and other districts, there are many buildings that are not safe enough for students to attend in person. Read more about the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's new stance here.
If you are interested in learning about and discussing best practices for remote learning for students and families the Boston Public Schools Office of Advancement is offering a conference on Saturday 11/14 from 9:30-2 PM. You can learn more about and register for the conference here. Please share with folks you think would benefit from attending!
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.
Every Wednesday 12 to 1 PM
Want to host your own? Trainings the last Wed of the month 1-1:30 PM! (just stay logged in)
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.
A massive nonviolent movement mirroring the uprisings for Black lives in the U.S. has taken to the streets in Nigeria in recent weeks demanding an end to police brutality. It grew larger last week after the government unleashed the military to open fire on peaceful protesters. Organizers at Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), based in Nigeria, are asking the international community to join in solidarity. Please sign their solidarity petition, and ask any organizations you're affiliated with to join their sign-on letter as well.
Sunday, December 6th, 12:30-2:30PM
The December 2020 SURJ Brunch will be hosted by the SURJB Community Care Team and will take place on the weekend following the elections. We'll focus on creating a space that supports people in feeling grounded so that we can take stock of where we are and move forward strategically whatever the results may be. This brunch will be a collaborative effort with SURJ Action Partnerships who are actively organizing around the election.
Register here. An email with a Zoom Link will be sent to you.
Contact Amelie Ratliff with any questions
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. More 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.
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.
Commit to doing just one thing this week.
We can do this.