January 10, 2021
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"In a fractal conception, I am a cell-sized unit of the human organism, and I have to use my life to leverage a shift in the system by how I am, as much as with the things I do. This means actually being in my life, and it means bringing my values into my daily decision making. Each day should be lived on purpose."
The tumultuous events of 2020 and this first week of 2021 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:
Thursday, January 14, 12-1pm
The white supremacist insurrection at the Capitol last Wednesday highlighted the racist roots and present reality of our police and prison institutions, making the need for prison abolition all the more clear. Join us at noon on Thursday to come together and take action in response! Facilitators will guide you through the context, the connection to abolition, and how to make calls, write emails, and sign petitions that matter right now.
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.
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 are receiving a stimulus check, it isn’t needed relief for you, and you would prefer to donate directly to an organization than redistribute to an individual, please consider supporting Black & Pink, Whose Corner is it Anyway, or Boston Relief Network! Read more about all three here!
If you know ANY families in Boston that have children under the age of 18 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. These families to do NOT have to be enrolled in Boston Public Schools to be eligible. 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.
Tell Biden and the CDC to stop evictions to save lives! Join us on Wednesday, Jan 13 10-11:30am at Boston Housing Court, 24 New Chardon St, for a rally and car caravan. Every day families across the country give up basic necessities and risk their lives to pay the bills. We know that housing is the cure to this crisis! RSVP to the National Day of Action here.
In the middle of a global pandemic, more than 13.4 households are at risk of evictions. When ICUs are overwhelmed and sheltering in place is the only thing keeping the community safe, eviction can be a death sentence. Tell president elect Biden to take immediate action! We are calling on the new administration to a) end evictions and stop utility shut offs and b) cancel rent, mortgages, and debt. Make your voice heard - sign and share widely!
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. Support their efforts here - any amount helps!
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!
Want to host your own? Trainings the last Wed of the month 1-1:30 PM (just stay logged in)!
After 36 years of advocacy, the bill to consider replacement of the MA state flag and seal passed the state legislature this past week. This is great news - AND we need to help make sure Governor Baker signs this bill! Please JOIN US in taking the action offered by Mahtowin Munro of United American Indians of New England (UAINE):
Now we need EVERYONE to email MA Governor Charlie Baker demanding that he sign the resolve that will establish the special commission to design a new state flag and seal. (While you're at it, you might also ask him to publicly support the other legislation that will be presented this session by the MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda. He has been silent for far too long.)
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.
Known white supremacists affiliated with National Socialist Club (NSC-131) and Super Happy Fun America (SHFA) actively participated in the insurrection in DC this week.
Local activists have released NewEnglandWhiteSupremacists.com to contribute to the goal of exposing, opposing, and defeating local white supremacist movements.
Anti-terrorism tools, agencies, and rhetoric cannot and will not stop militant white supremacy. Terrorism as a framework has, is, and will continue to be deployed in order to suppress #BlackLivesMatter, immigration justice, and other BIPOC and working class led movements for liberation. Read this report to dive deeper into this topic.
He subsequently lost his job, support him here. Only $3000 left to meet the goal of $10,000!On 10/18, while demonstrating against Super Happy Fun America, a white supremacist organization, a Black activist was violently arrested by Boston Police Department.
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.
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.
We have over 100 pledges to redistribute stimulus checks to individuals referred by our partner organizations! We will remain in communication with pledgers as our partner organizations solidify the details of matches. A member of our team will be there to support you at each step and we expect to complete most matches by the end of January. If you do not need your stimulus money, pledge to redistribute it today.
Additionally, we acknowledge that our stand alone email this week did not explicitly acknowledge that some folks on our list are not in a position to redistribute their check. We apologize for the harm caused and underline our celebration of the hundreds of ways to support movement building that do not rely on donations.
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).
We asked, you delivered! On Saturday alone my Toyota Corolla was packed with goods! Let’s keep a good thing going!
We’re asking folks to focus on the following items for 12th Baptist and CVAB:
For VietAID: oatmeal (boxes of individual packets), mac n’ cheese, tuna
SURJ Boston has drop off sites in Allston, Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, 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!
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.