November 15, 2020
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Thanks to your generous support we've raised almost 50% of our $8500 goal for this year! In this political moment, we are investing in the long haul work for racial justice with Community Change, Inc.
CCI has supported anti racist movements in New England since 1968, and helps make SURJ Boston possible through mentorship, programming, and legal and administrative support. Donate here.
Over 100,000 MA households are at risk of eviction since Governor Baker let the MA eviction and foreclosure moratorium expire on October 17. This is not only a housing crisis but a dire public health crisis that could cause COVID-19 cases to rise exponentially in the midst of this second spike. Read a report for more context on why this is a racial justice issue.
We continue to put pressure on Governor Baker and the MA legislature to pass a bill that would meet the scale of this crisis and the needs of our community. We have an opportunity to get these protections passed with senate budget amendments, and we need everyone to call their legislators today and tomorrow to make it happen! Use this easy call and email script.
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 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. Sign & share the petition widely with Boston neighbors to help us get to our goal! Watch a recorded webinar to learn more about supportive housing and how it helps combat homelessness.
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.
#DeeperThanWater has been informed of 2 incarcerated people at MCI Shirley who were denied medical care after informing their block nurse of COVID19 symptoms. If we act to support them NOW we can stop a new outbreak at MCI Shirley.
Sunday, November 22, 3-4PM
Sign up to write cards to incarcerated Black & Pink members! They will provide cards, then everyone can hang out on Zoom while writing.
Donate and become a Dream Sustainer to support immigrant youth to protect their community!
Comfort Kitchen has launched a takeout pop-up & fundraiser to support 3 local organizations including Student Immigrant Movement. Order here from November 2-30th on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:00-8:00PM.
This year, celebrate Governor Baker’s birthday by making a gift in his honor to Massachusetts Jobs with Justice! Your contribution will help us to continue our work challenging Baker’s thinly-veiled right-wing agenda with the power of working class solidarity. You’ll see your gift in action every time we take to the streets to let Charlie know how much we care about the workers, immigrants, and people of color his “recovery” has left behind!
Join BIJAN and Movimiento Cosecha in fundraising $5,000 to provide emergency response & mutual aid to those impacted by Hurricane Eta.
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.
Monday, Nov. 16, 7-8pm
Join the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women for a presentation on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women struggle across the so-called United States, looking at the in-depth struggles of how violence continues to be perpetuated and resources available. This is a virtual event; Register here.
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7-8pm
Join for a conversation on Indigenous culture and linguistics with award-winning filmmaker Katsitsionni Fox and President of the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB), Jean-Luc Pierite. Hosted by WGBH. Register here.
Boston Statehouse, Thursday, November 19, 1pm
Justice can't wait. The people can't wait. Environmental justice can't wait. Justice for Indigenous people can't wait. Immigrant rights can't wait. Workers rights can't wait. Our families can't wait.
Join us on the statehouse steps to make the people's demands. This event will follow COVID safety protocols (masks required). If you can’t join in person, join the Zoom livestream here.
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. Here are some ways to engage with the event even if you can’t attend in person! Let us know at SURJBindigenousSolidarity@googlegroups.com if you’re interested in joining a SURJB contingent!
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 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.
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
On 10/18, while demonstrating against Super Happy Fun America, a white supremacist organization, a Black activist was violently arrested by Boston Police Department. He was defending his fellow protesters from police harassment, and has since lost his job due to the ensuing court case. Please help him stay afloat while he fights his case and for liberation.
Tuesday, 11/17, 9am
Edward Brooke Courthouse - 24 New Chardon St (near Haymarket)
Show up outside the courthouse on Tuesday for our comrade! We will demonstrate that we are WATCHING and demand the charges be dropped. Note that court supporters will not be allowed inside the building, so dress for the weather. Court schedules are unpredictable, so it is uncertain how long we will be there - come and go is fine.
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:
Additionally, our friends at the Cape Verdean Association of Boston are also gearing up for Thanksgiving by asking folks for turkeys and any thanksgiving foods you can donate. Turkeys will be accepted at 242a Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02122 10-6 PM Mon-Fri, 10-3 PM Sat.
While we figure out the best method of collecting turkeys, we are asking people to only drop turkeys off DIRECTLY at the Cape Verdean Association of Boston. We can only accept nonperishable foods on our porches at this time.
For VietAID they are accepting the following donations:
We have drop off sites for nonperishable food and essential items in Allston, Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Roxbury, Somerville, and West Roxbury.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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.
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.