January 31, 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! - COURT SUPPORT 2/24
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.
White people can show up for justice movements by refusing to cooperate with state repression and surveillance.
Known white supremacists affiliated with National Socialist Club (NSC-131) and Super Happy Fun America (SHFA) actively participated in the insurrection in DC earlier this month.
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 $2000 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 equivalent to opening 50 new coal plants—more carbon emissions than the entire current Minnesota economy,” wrote Winona LaDuke, director of Honor the Earth in a recent article.
Use person pronouns (instead of "it") when discussing any natural object, as they are non-human persons. For example, I saw her swaying in the wind [a tree]. He is pretty [a rock]. They are talkative today [the bird(s)]. If we recognize all natural objects as valuable, as our friends, we will care for them better, and they will be there to continue to care for us. Learned from Robin Wall Kimmerer in her book: Braiding Sweetgrass.
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 BIJAN and Movimiento Cosecha in fundraising to provide emergency response & mutual aid to those impacted by Hurricane Eta.
DEADLINE EXTENDED Email your written comment to Kathleen Richard <email@example.com> before Friday, February 5th at 5pm!
The MA Department of Corrections (MA DOC) are codifying changes to the regulations relating to incarcerated people’s mail. All the proposed changes violate the privacy of incarcerated people and their loved ones, endanger attorney client privilege, and will result in further isolation and disconnection for people inside. This flyer outlines the problem in more detail.
After a mockery of a “public hearing” on Friday where the DOC shut many community members out of the Zoom meeting, it’s especially important to submit our written testimony.
Monday, February 1st at 1pm, join details in link above
Incarcerated people in MA prison and jails have started to receive the COVID19 vaccine after intense community pressure to prioritize their care. As around the country, vaccine rollout has been plagued with supply, logistical, and schedule issues. The racist, cruel history of medical experimentation and horrific medical care inside has also resulted in a high rate of vaccine refusal.
Written testimony may be emailed by February 1 at 5 PM to Donna Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Morgan McCallister (email@example.com) with the subject line: "Health Equity Hearing Written Testimony."
Wednesday, 2/17/21, on zoom
Wayland “X” Coleman, founding #DeeperThanWater organizer and tireless advocate for abolition and dignity for incarcerated people, will appear in court to begin the long process of overturning his wrongful conviction after 23 years. Celebrate this important step by liking and commenting on Facebook!
Sign & share this petition to support 3371 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain! This project will create 100% affordable housing for seniors and protect the current tenant, El Embajador restaurant. Three years ago City Realty Management tried to evict two local businesses and displace JP residents, but the community fought back. Let’s see this project through - sign on to show your support!
The residents of 6 Humphrey’s Place in Dorchester have fought for 2 years to stay in their home since the landlord first attempted to flip the building for profit. They even negotiated a deal to prevent rent increases and improve conditions. Now, the building is up for sale again.
Boston housing justice organizer Alex Ponte-Capellan spoke about the structural racism in Boston’s housing system as a part of a series of free virtual forums on racism in Massachusetts, put on by GBH, The Boston Globe, NAACP Boston Branch and WORLD Channel. Watch the recording here.
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. This week you helped fill a Toyota Corolla with donations, THANK YOU!
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!
Sun., Feb. 14, 12:30-2:30 PM ET
Join Black activists who will discuss their Faneuil Hall Race + Reconciliation Campaign which was created in 2018. Activists have been agitating for a public hearing to address deep structural racism that exists in Boston. For information, click here.
With questions, please contact Amelie Ratliff.
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.