January 3, 2021
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"Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.
We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it."
-Arundhati Roy, 'The pandemic is a portal'
The tumultuous events of 2020 illustrate the progression of racial capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy, and patriarchy. While these parallel crises continue to wreak havoc, working class BIPOC led movements for collective liberation continue to intervene, imagine, and bring about another world.
Three ways you and yours can act with us to start off 2021:
Due to restrictive prison rules, Black and Pink MA needs help depositing money into people’s canteens. Please fill out this form if you are willing to help send money directly inside. Black and Pink MA will send you instructions, names, and contact info. Once you deposit, you’ll send them the receipt and they will reimburse you in whatever way works best for you.
If you have heard of Black & Pink MA but aren’t sure what they do, check out this super informative post on instagram!
The House and Senate both voted to overturn Governor Baker’s veto of the public health and oversight language in the DOC line item! Thank you all SO MUCH for calling, emailing, and pressuring the legislature to make this happen. This language will only matter if:
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.
Call the statehouse today & urge them to pass H.4155 this session! This important bill would empower individual cities in MA to make their own decisions on affordable housing guidelines and fees that reflect the needs of their communities. There are just 3 days left - call today!
Boston is in a housing crisis. There is not nearly enough affordable housing and more and more people are being pushed out to make way for luxury developments that sit empty. The Coalition for a Truly Affordable Boston is calling on the city to finally fulfill on its promise to address this issue- by increasing the percentage of affordable units in new developments from 13% to 33% and re-defining how affordability is measured. Read more and sign now!
Thank you so much to all who have donated! Please continue to support our community members who lost their home to a house fire. Please share these powerful words from one of the residents and fellow organizers, Lori, and keep sharing and donating to the fundraiser if you can.
Donate now to support daily, on-the-ground work to help families facing evictions fight to stay in their homes during this pandemic winter. City Life/Vida Urbana is a community organization doing everything in their power to organize tenants, connect people to rights and resources, provide legal support, and build a movement for housing justice.
Every Wednesday 12 to 1 PM
Action hours are a weekly opportunity to take action together, digitally! Facilitators guide participants through calls, emails, petitions and more while offering context and support. We're going in strong to 2021!
Register here for action hours.
Want to host your own? Trainings the last Wed of the month 1-1:30 PM (just stay logged in)!
In this article, Lakota scholar and activist Nick Estes describes the legal fight of NDN Collective founder Nick Tillsen and 20 other activists following their protest of President Trump’s July 4, 2020 speech at Mt. Rushmore, more appropriately known as He Sapa, the most sacred site for Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota peoples. Estes situates this legal battle in the long history of settler colonialism in the Great Plains and the struggle for the return of land to Indigenous stewardship.
We appreciate and acknowledge that we live and are guests on Indigenous land. We want to be mindful and respectful of this, treating and celebrating the land (and our environment in general) like any place we would be as a guest. To get informed: native-land.ca and usdac.us/nativeland. Learn more from a panel discussion 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.
️✊ 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.
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!
Join BIJAN and Movimiento Cosecha in fundraising to provide emergency response & mutual aid to those impacted by Hurricane Eta.
Read BIJAN’s response to the Attorney General's Office's report regarding attacks made on community members detained in Bristol County this spring. Find sample email scripts and a Call To Action 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).
📋 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.
In the spring, SURJ Boston helped facilitate the redistribution of $75,000 in stimulus money to individuals and partner organizations! The team is in conversation with partners and will keep pledgers updated as plans solidify.
Sign up to pledge your stimulus check!
It’s 2021, but we’re still in a crippling pandemic. Please help us continue to support our partners (Cape Verdean Association of Boston, 12th Baptist Church of Roxbury, and VietAID) by donating essential supplies (see below).
Last week donations were relatively light due to the holidays, help us pick it up this week!
We’re asking folks to focus on the following items for 12th Baptist and CVAB:
For VietAID: patmeal (boxes of individual packets), mac n’ cheese, tuna
SURJ Boston has drop off sites in Allston, Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge (new location till January), Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Roxbury, Somerville, and West Roxbury.
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!
Sunday, January 10, 2021
12:30-2:30 PM ET
In January we’ll be reckoning with the results of the Georgia Senate runoffs and the likely continuing chaos of 45’s last days. What are we to do? We hope to have some of our favorite elected officials and local activists speak briefly on their priorities. Invitations to them are out but we’ve received no confirmations. Then we’ll reflect together on our work for the next 100 days. Come prepared with pen and paper.
Register for the brunch here. You’ll receive an email with the Zoom link.
Contact Amelie Ratliff with questions or for information.
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.
Read more about SURJ Boston and ways to get involved on our website.