December 13, 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 2mb studios TONIGHT December 13th from 6:30-8:30 PM for Laughing for Liberation: A Comedy Fundraiser for Community Change Inc. hosted by Tooky Kavanagh with performances by some of Boston’s best comedians and performers! Since 1968, CCI has served as a backbone for Boston’s anti-racist movements and organizers through its role as SURJB’s fiscal sponsor, its anti-racist education and leadership-development programs.
Go to 2mb Studio’s twitch channel on 12/13 at 6:30 for a hilarious night celebrating the legacy of CCI and highlighting the work of performers of color in Boston! The event is free for all to attend and you do not need a twitch account to watch the show-- there will be opportunities to donate throughout the event! Captioning for this show will be provided in a separate window during the show: click here to access them.
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.
Thank you for stepping up and helping us donate more this week; we donated 26 bags of food and essential supplies. Let's aim for even more net week to help these families have a happier holiday!
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.
*Our Cambridge porch volunteer is heading home for the holidays, so we’re looking for a substitute porch and will hopefully find one soon. Please email us at email@example.com if you need that porch and we’ll come up with a solution!
Make a monetary donations to our partners instead so that they can continue their life saving work. The links to donate are hyperlinked below. Please shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you donate!
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 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. 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. Keep calling and emailing your state legislators to let them know you support the Guaranteed Housing Stability Bill (H.5018). Find your legislators here.
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!
Everyday 10am - 4pm, 100R Warren St, Roxbury MA 02119
Give a gift for the Families for Justice as Healing holiday gift drive! Any gifts for toddlers to teenagers are appreciated. Please drop off before December 19. You can also use the SURJB porch drop off system to donate a toy - email email@example.com and state your neighbrohood and that you are donating to the toy drive.
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.
Protect Work Permits for Immigrants & Refugees:
On November 19th, the Trump administration proposed a new rule to ban work permits for people on Orders of Supervision (OSUP): those who have been ordered deported but are temporarily released from custody. This includes tens of thousands of Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees who have resettled to the US and rebuilt their lives after being displaced by the war in Southeast Asia.
You can stop Trump's ban on work permits and protects our friends, families, and community members by taking 10 minutes to submit a short comment online by December 21, 2020 to tell Trump that you oppose the ban. If you do not know what to write, use this digital toolkit for community members and orgs to use as a guide. You can also sign on as an organization using this template.
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.
Support the BIJAN community during the holidays: This holiday season, BIJAN invites you to join or support their outreach efforts to people they’ve accompanied while they or their loved ones have been detained by ICE and/or fighting their deportations. As we end the year, BIJAN want to mail gift cards and holiday greetings to all we reach who are interested and out of detention, and to send commissary funds and letters of support to those who remain incarcerated. Sign up here to help them make this happen!
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.
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!
⭐ Please sign and share this email petition to support the library staff at Boston Public Library branches who want to be able to provide the materials desired by their patrons. This is a matter of racial equity and justice, since the communities most impacted by the limits of the BPL plan are communities of color.
Second Sunday of the month, 12:30-2:30pm
Join SURJB for community building and a deep dive into a specific topic each month. Register here. An email with a Zoom Link will be sent to you.
Contact Amelie Ratliff with any questions.
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. All are welcome.
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.