January 17, 2021
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Moses Harris disappeared during an encounter with the Lowell police on December 19 and the police are refusing to meet with the Harris-Wahpo family to discuss the case. The family and the larger community want answers about the disappearance of Moses Harris. Contact the legislators that serve Lowell MA and ask that an investigation be initiated regarding his disappearance.
There are two marches planned for tomorrow, January 18, in Boston, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and to demand justice. If people feel called to show up, the details are in the Facebook events linked below, and you can look for updates there.
Black Lives Matter Boston has shared a Community Safety Plan encouraging people to "Stay Safe, Stay Home" over the next few days. A role for white people is to be prepared as needs arise, to support Black, Indigenous, People of Color who could be targeted more than ever these days.
1 PM starting at Grove Hall Public Library
Organized by Mass Action Against Police Brutality
3 PM Rally at Madison Park High School, then march to State House
Things they are asking people to do in support: share, donate, and show up. Organized by Violence in Boston and supported by Black Lives Matter Boston.
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. 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!
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 subsequently lost his job, support him here. Only $3000 left to meet this goal!
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.
A report in December by AG Maura Healey’s office showed horrific abuses of power by the Bristol County Sheriff’s office in May. Send letters to ICE officials to demand that they cut ties with Bristol County, and then join BIJAN leaders to demand that the MA Attorney General must take further steps - people held in detention must be freed, not simply transferred. Script to write a letter and/or email: tinyurl.com/bijan-demand-more
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!
The Boston Teachers Union is holding a forum on building educator/family partnerships to support students with disabilities and their families during the pandemic. The forum is on Tuesday, January 26th, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Please see this flyer for more details and pass this along to folks you think might benefit from attending!
Here is an interesting article by Edith Bazile on the “American tragedy” of racism and what must be done to end it in our schools.
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.
Last week cities around the country rallied for the National Day of Action. In the middle of a global pandemic, more than 13.4 million households are at risk of evictions. 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!
Sign and share widely! The Coalition for a Truly Affordable Boston is calling on the city to finally fulfill on its promise and address Boston's affordability crisis. Read more and sign now!
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!
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.
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.
Our partners the Cape Verdean Association of Boston, 12th Baptist Church of Roxbury, and VietAID are still in dire need of critical supplies like food, masks, and sanitary products. Thank you for helping us continue to support them!
This week, we’re asking you to email us at email@example.com and let us know if you are committed to dropping off goods to a porch between 1/17-1/24. Please let us know what porch is nearest you when you email and what you’re dropping off.
We’re asking folks to focus on the following items for 12th Baptist and CVAB:
VietAID asking for these three items:
SURJ Boston has drop off sites (porches) in Allston, Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Jamacia 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!
Originally introduced 35 years ago, the bill creates a commission to be composed of Indigenous people from tribes located in the state, lawmakers, and other appointees. They will work together to redesign the current state flag and seal, which Elizabeth Solomon of the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag said “promotes a history of conquest, appropriation, and genocide.” Thank you to everyone who called on the legislature and governor to pass this crucial bill! Read more about the importance of this commission here.
There is ongoing work to abolish Columbus Day and recognize Indigenous Peoples Day. You can learn more and get involved here. If you want to work on Indigenous Peoples Day in your town or city, be sure to connect with the larger campaign first.
Membership is a great way to get involved in MJL’s work - become a member if your new years resolution is to do more racial justice work!
Donate and become a Dream Sustainer to support immigrant youth to protect their community!
MassUndocuFund is a partnership among Massachusetts-based grassroots immigrant organizations and workers centers which support undocumented immigrants during the COVID-19 crisis. Support our community members who will not receive stimulus checks or other forms of relief!
Join Massachusetts Jobs with Justice on Wednesday, January 27th at 6 pm for “The Path Forward,” an interactive event open to all who wish to envision a future free of injustice. We will hear from movement leaders, who are directly affected workers, parents, immigrants, and community members, about their work building power in 2020 and how we will use that power this year to demand equitable housing, health care, education, and more. Follow Jobs with Justice on Facebook to learn more about their ongoing work and campaigns. You can donate or become a monthly sustainer!
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).
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.
For THIS WEEK, join us in these upcoming Knapsack meetings (on Zoom):
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.