November 22, 2020
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Sunday, 12/13, 6:30-8:30pm
2020 got you down? Are you due for a good laugh while also supporting grassroots racial justice organizing in Boston?
Join SURJ Boston and 2MBstudio for a comedy fundraiser for Community Change Inc. (CCI) with performances by some of Boston's best comedians! The event is free for all to attend with opportunities to donate throughout the show! Join via twitch at show time! (you do not need an account to watch)
Thanks to your generous support we've raised $5,985 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.
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) - THIS Wednesday!
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.
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: march 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 -- or see below for how to join SURJB and Knapsack virtually.
Thursday, November 26, 2020, 12-2pm - Virtual
Join Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group and SURJ Boston to watch the National Day of Mourning livestream event and process together. Register to join here or email us at SURJBindigenousSolidarity@googlegroups.com to let us know you’d like to join!
We met our goal of raising $1000 for UAINE’s annual fundraiser!! Thank you all who have donated. The fundraiser is still going strong; continue to share what you can 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
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.
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. Call your legislators today and ask them to do everything in their power to pass the Guaranteed Housing Stability bill!
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 SURJB’s Housing Justice group and support the Boston area housing justice movement. Sign up here.
With all eyes on the GA Senate runoff race, the SURJ Boston Election Defense Team is joining with national efforts to get out the vote in GA. See details of actions and fundraisers below!
Join phone banking and post card efforts to get voters to the polls for the GA Senate runoff through the following:
Donate here today to help SURJ mobilize white voters across Georgia to turn out to vote for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, while building lasting infrastructure and laying the groundwork for racial and economic justice victories for years to come.
Law firms (one in Boston!) in key battleground states like Arizona and Pennsylvania are doing post-election litigation to challenge legitimate votes and counting processes. Over the past couple of days, their offices have been flooded with calls and emails from people like you, demanding that they discontinue their efforts to threaten a free and fair election. Click here to call local and national law firms today!
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.
Get your Copy of Stir the Pot!
"Stir the Pot: a cookbook to feed the social uprising" is a collection of recipes from organizers, activists, and friends of the movement from across the state. The cookbook is the perfect gift for your family, friends, or yourself! We are offering the cookbook in 2 formats: as a PDF download, and as a physical copy. The physical copy will be “perfect-bound” and all recipes will be printed in English and Spanish. The cover will be designed by a local art activist and printed at a Western Massachusetts union print shop. They will email out the download within the first week of December, and hope to mail the physical copies that week too. Due to the cost of labor and shipping, they suggest a donation of $5-$20 for a digital copy and $15-50 for a physical copy
Looking Ahead to 2020: Immigrant Rights in Massachusetts
Driving Families Forward Virtual Roundtable on Monday, November 23rd at 6:30PM with healthcare professionals, impacted individuals, immigration experts, lawyers and more on why we need immigration reform in Massachusetts and allowing everyone, regardless of immigration status, to drive is important now, more than ever! RSVP here.
Bring Hieu Home
Hieu Huynh, a 49 year old refugee from Vietnam, has been detained at Essex County Correctional Facility since May. Hieu has been separated from his family and ill, elderly father for a conviction from over thirty years ago that he’s already served time for. The on-going detention of Hieu and the 400 immigrants and refugees detained at Essex County poses a massive threat to their health and safety, as Covid-19 infection rates peak and continue to rise.
Sign and share the #BringHieuHome petition to demand that Hieu and the 400 immigrants and refugees at Essex County be freed so they can be #HomeForTheHolidays with their families and loved ones. Find a further toolkit here.
Join BIJAN and Movimiento Cosecha in fundraising $7,500 to provide emergency response & mutual aid to those impacted by Hurricane Eta.
Abolish ICE and Free Them All
There are continuing efforts against the human rights abuses at the Bristol County HOC in Massachusetts. Email members of the Department of Public Health. Find sample email scripts and additional information 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.
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, 11/24, 9am
Edward Brooke Courthouse - 24 New Chardon St (near Haymarket)
A community member was arrested on Saturday countering a "Stop the Steal" right-wing rally -- show up in support on Tuesday! 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.
️✊SHARE: CONFRONTING WHITE SUPREMACY IN NEW ENGLAND WEBSITE
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!
Thank you to everyone donating and driving donations! Nonperishable foods and essential supplies are needed more than ever as we head into the winter. Please continue to donate what you can! Let’s help make this Thanksgiving a happy one by making a push to donate as many goods as we can by 11/25!
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. Turkeys will not be accepted after Wednesday, 11/25. Please 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.
If you know families in the Boston Public Schools that could benefit from free meals, please spread the word about the Boston Public Schools (BPS) School Meals and Super Sites available across the city. Additionally, anyone can pick up these meals and drop them off for a BPS family, they just need to know how many children are in the family!
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.
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
At the December SURJ Brunch we'll be inviting partner organizers to a discussion about integrating mutual aid into our racial justice work together. Some of the questions we'll be asking are - What is mutual aid? What mutual aid work are we already doing? What's not mutual aid? How does integrating mutual aid shift how we work together within SURJ and across our partnerships?
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.
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We can do this.