February 7, 2021
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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!
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)!
No fault evictions should never happen, especially during a pandemic. Mutual aid is standing with neighbors facing evictions — join us to stand in solidarity with neighbors across the city.
⭐️✊VIGIL: DEFEND DORCHESTER RESIDENTS FACING EVICTION
Join us for a vigil tomorrow Mon, Feb 8 at 6pm at 740 Washington Street: Stand with families now facing eviction outside Codman Square. They are long-standing residents of Dorchester and the owner gave them no reason for the eviction notices. RSVP here.
⭐️📋PETITION: TELL BIDEN & THE CDC TO STRENGTHEN THE MORATORIUM!
Biden extended the eviction moratorium, but evictions are still happening. Last night community members rallied at 15 Dana Ave to protest no fault evictions in Boston. 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.
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.
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.
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.
One of our active members, lisa thompson, is working on a reparations project for a friend and comrade, karen marshall, a black organizer. she and lisa first met in Boston over 10 years ago and they have stayed connected and work on several projects together, one included hosting trainings led by Rethink youth in Boston. karen is a national leader and much of her work is connected to youth organizing and the movement for black lives which is also very much connected to SURJ national. Please consider donating to this gofundme (and read more about her there).
The colder days of winter are a perfect time to get educated and prepared for the months ahead. For younger readers and anyone who likes art: The Antifa Comic Book: 100 Years of Fascism and Antifa Movements by Gord Hill
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 $1,382 left to meet this goal -- we can show up for our community!
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.
After seven years of legal battles against the massive Line 3 Pipeline in Northern Minnesota, the fight has turned to frontline action led by Indigenous water protectors. They aim to delay construction long enough to mount a national campaign to push the Biden administration to revoke permits and/or allow one of the multiple legal challenges to succeed. As of Feb 1, nearly 100 people have been arrested in nonviolent civil disobedience, with actions happening about two to three times a week.
Thinking about reciprocity, partnership, and responsibility...and creating/having our own healing rituals, one of us has a powerful daily practice to lay face down on Mother Earth (asking permission first) to share gratitude and support, and listen to her needs. What do you say to her? What do you listen for? How do you work to repair your relationship to the earth? Inspired by Robin Wall Kimmerer and her book: Braiding Sweetgrass.
Take action to support the Safe Communities Act! Call and email your legislator to urge them to cosponsor the bill. Passage of this bill remains an urgent public health and public safety priority to protect our communities and neighbors. Our state’s involvement in deportations preceded the Trump administration and is likely to continue without state action.
With a new stimulus relief check recently approved, undocumented immigrants, many of whom are essential workers, have once again been excluded. Cosecha MA is restarting their redistribution campaign for the Cosecha MA mutual aid fund. Support their mutual aid fund and stand in solidarity with our immigrant communities!
Support Muslim Justice League by becoming a member if your new years resolution is to do more racial justice work!
Donate and become a Dream Sustainer to support immigrant youth in protecting their community!
MassUndocuFund is fund to support undocumented immigrants during the COVID-19 crisis. Support our community members who will not receive stimulus checks or other forms of relief during this crisis!
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!
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. If you do not need your stimulus money, pledge to redistribute it today.
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 and to let us know if you’re planning to donate goods and/or $ at email@example.com. 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.