January 24, 2021
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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!
This Wednesday: Want to host your own Action Hours? Trainings take place on the last Weds of the month 1-1:30 PM (just stay logged in)!
Justin Dawes, a second year law student at New England Law, is calling for New England Law to better support its Black students. New England Law's biased nature means that students of color who are struggling under the demands of the pandemic are unfairly dismissed, while white supremacist Samson Racioppi continues his studies at NEL uninterrupted. Read his letter and sign in support here.
☎️ ✉️ ✊ Drop Shimmy's Charges!
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.
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.
Right now, there is a growing Indigenous-led struggle to #StopLine3, a pipeline in so-called Minnesota. Line 3 would be disastrous for the climate. “The carbon output would be equivalent to opening 50 new coal plants—more carbon emissions than the entire current Minnesota economy,” these words were shared by Winona LaDuke, director of Honor the Earth in her recent article, “Stopping Trump’s Last Pipeline Will Take All of Us” in The Nation.
In respect for Mother Earth and appreciation for what she gives us (inspired by Robin Wall Kimmerer in her book: Braiding Sweetgrass) join us in this practice: choose a favorite food that you like to partake of; trace back one (or more) of the ingredients to where it came out of Mother Earth. What did it take for it to get to you? Consider and act: how can you give back, for what was given to you?
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.
Join BIJAN and Movimiento Cosecha in fundraising to provide emergency response & mutual aid to those impacted by Hurricane Eta.
Thursday, January 28, 12pm
Trump is out of office, but white supremacy continues to harm our communities through prisons and policing -- and new policies the DOC is trying to implement will make it worse. Join us this Thursday at noon to continue building a world beyond bars! RSVP for our abolition hour here. Facilitators will guide you through taking critical action to protect incarcerated people and working towards abolition right here in MA.
ANYTIME! Or write with others on Tuesday, January 26. 7pm
MA prisons are proposing to photocopy all incoming mail, including legal documents, and destroy the originals. This violates incarcerated people's privacy and further isolates them from their loved ones outside. Read more about these dangerous proposed changes! We must advocate to stop MA prisons from codifying their intrusion into incarcerated people’s legal and private mail before the public hearing on January 29. Email a written comment to Kathleen Richard <email@example.com> by 5 PM on 1/29/21.
Write your own public comment, or join a testimony writing party led by Black & Pink on Tuesday, January 26 at 7pm.
The National Council For Incarcerated Women and Girls (led by Families for Justice as Healing founder Andrea James) is calling on President Biden to grant clemency to 100 women in his first 100 days in office! Add your name to this #ClemencyWorks campaign here!
Tuesday, January 26th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, January 28h, 4:30-6:00 pm
UPDATE: Biden extended the national moratorium on evictions until March 31, 2021. To truly protect tens of millions families from eviction, we need something much stronger: a moratorium that lasts the full state of emergency, takes the burden off renters to apply, bans all types of evictions and all phases of the process.
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!
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 need YOUR help to serve our communities in this crushing pandemic.
The Cape Verdean Association of Boston is looking for:
VietAID is looking for:
12th Baptist Church of Roxbury is looking for:
We have porches set up for your donations in the following communities:
Allston, Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Roxbury, Somerville, and West Roxbury.
If you cannot donate essential supplies but you have extra funds, please consider donating money to these partners here:
Please email us with questions and to let us know if you donated $ at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re looking for a porch address please let us know which one is closest to you when you email. Thank you!
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 including you! Come join us and learn how helpful being in these discussions can be (for yourself and society).
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.