November 29, 2020
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Sunday, December 13th, 6:30-8:30 PM
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)!
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.
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 targetted by racism and white supremacy. Recently, our donations have been slowing down, let’s put in an effort to ramp them back up! This winter will be extremely difficult for the clients our partners serve, food and essential supplies will be more needed than ever.
We’re asking folks to focus on the following items for 12th Baptist and CVAB:
For VietAID they are accepting the following donations:
SURJ Boston has 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.
Join the Malden Public Library, MaldenCORE, and panelists from the Malden community for the livestream of the film, Pushout: The Criminalization Of Black Girls In Schools, based on the book by Monique W. Morris.
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.
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.
We are grateful to those who were able to attend or watch the National Day of Mourning, organized by UAINE, with us at our virtual event, on your own, or in person. If you were not available then and have interest, you can view the recording. Speakers at the event and prerecorded content tell about many current efforts which we can support. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the UAINE fundraiser!
MCNAA’s extensive list of resources for learning can be used anytime for your own self-guided work, and/or you can join Knapsackers on Jan. 12, 2021 when they have another Zoom discussion about it. Last announcement of this; save the link(s) and mark your calendars!
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. Learn more about land acknowledgments here.
Eight of our community members lost their home in Dorchester to a house fire last week. You can listen to a short interview with one of the residents and fellow housing organizer, Lori, here. Please donate if you can or share this fundraiser with others to support them in their immediate & long-term needs. Our goal is to get to $100,000 as a community.
Evictions and COVID-19 cases are spiking across MA since Governor Baker let the MA eviction and foreclosure moratorium expire on October 17. He has not listened to the community's demands to pass the Guaranteed Housing Stability Bill. Now, the CDC's nationwide eviction moratorium, which continued to protect some people from eviction, is set to expire on December 31. This is not only a housing crisis but a dire public health crisis. Read & share a report for more context on why this is a racial justice issue.
City Life/Vida Urbana is an organization fighting to keep people in their homes. You can keep up to date on the fight for housing justice by joining their weekly virtual meetings: every Tuesday at 6:30pm in English and every Wednesday at 6:30pm in Spanish.
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.
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!
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. We are offering the cookbook in 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 MA 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. They suggest a donation of $5-$20 for a digital copy and $15-50 for a physical copy.
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 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.
Edgar Reyes is an organizer in the immigrant rights movement working to shut down ICE detention facilities in California. He needs $1,500 by November 30th to help him secure housing.
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.
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!
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.
Commit to doing just one thing this week.
We can do this.