February 28, 2021
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Every Wednesday 12 to 1 PM
Below you'll read about the ramping up of the legislative session, police violence in our state, threats to indigenous sovereignty, opportunities to show up for truly affordable housing, and reimagine our community WITHOUT prisons and jails.
We'll celebrate 50 weeks of action hour this week! Stay on target - join us for support in taking action for racial justice. Register here for action hours.
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)!
Wednesday, March 3rd
Migrant Justice / Justicia Migrante, an organization led by immigrant farmworkers in Vermont, are planning a Mass Call-In Day-of-Action for their Milk with Dignity Campaign. Farmworkers, farmers and consumers are all calling on Hannaford supermarkets to protect the rights and wellbeing of the dairy workers behind the company’s store-brand milk and join the Milk with Dignity program. Find more about the campaign and how to support it here!
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.
The Work and Family Mobility Act would allow all folks in Massachusetts to apply for a driver’s license and/or ID card, regardless of immigration status. Use this link to email your state representative and senator about co-sponsoring the Work and Family Mobility Act and use this link to find your legislators’ phone numbers to call and ask them to co-sponsor.
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.
Sunday, March 7, 1:30-3pm
Those of us who have attended past symposia led by Families for Justice as Healing know how moving and important these sessions are! Join us to hear directly from formerly incarcerated women and their loved ones about the important Black-led organizing happening in MA.
This session will focus on opposing plans for a new $50M women's prison in Norfolk County (read more about it below). People in Norfolk County are especially encouraged to attend, but all are welcome! Register for the symposium here.
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. Follow #DeeperThanWater on Facebook and Twitter @deeperthanwater.
#DeeperThanWater organizer, Wayland, will join this annual event via recording, using environmental justice to link the struggles of incarcerated people in the United States to the Palestinian struggle and movements for justice everywhere.
Guardians, teachers, and learners in the BPS system: Take this survey from the Boston Education Justice Alliance to help determine what resources each school in the Boston Public Schools has.
Our partners need YOUR help to serve our communities in this crushing pandemic. They have told us that our donations have been crucial to their ability to serve their clients - the food and essential supplies in particular, and $ donations are a welcome and appreciated surprise!
This week’s shout out is to everyone who donated to our Arlington, Roslindale and Roxbury and West Roxbury porches this week! Let’s aim for even more porch pick ups next week!
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’re looking for a porch address, please let us know which one is closest to you when you email us at email@example.com.
If you cannot donate essential supplies but you have extra funds, please consider donating money to our partners:
Please email us with questions and and to let us know if you’re planning to donate goods and/or $ at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So far we’ve been in touch with over 100 pledgers and redistributed over $34,000 in stimulus funds! Our team continues working to match pledgers with individuals referred by our partner organizations
Our goal is to match 20 stimulus checks (or $12,000) to each partner org. We know folx in the community are giving time, materials and financial contributions to a variety of causes right now. If you received a stimulus check and are in a position where you are able to contribute all or part of it, pledge to redistribute it today! A member of our team will be there to support you at each step.
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to help us reach our fundraising goal for our 2021 budget! We have met the full $5,000 match!!
This cover our core expenses this year, including closed captioning services, materials for protests, and the zoom account we use to collaborate on our work during the pandemic! Additionally, two SURJ partners will receive their full match amount of $2,500 each. Contributions are still being accepted in case of any unexpected costs that arise.
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.
Since 2018, residents of the Fairlawn Apartments in Mattapan have been organizing to fight rent increases, displacement, and poor conditions. Sign the petition to lift up their demands and sign up for action alerts to stay up to date on upcoming actions.
Last week we rallied in support of 3368 Washington Street in JP- a new supportive housing project by the Pine St Inn which would provide 100% affordable housing for people experiencing homelesness. This essential project has been delayed due to a lawsuit from a nearby landowner. Tell Monty Gold to drop the lawsuit-- sign here!
The Coalition for a Truly Affordable Boston is calling on the city to finally fulfill on its promise and address Boston's affordability crisis. Developers need to be held accountable to building housing that is affordable for the people that live here. Show your support for increasing affordability requirements from 13% to 33%. Sign now and stay tuned for a hearing this March.
📋 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. Read the full list of demands from the national Right to the City alliance and sign the petition.
Over a hundred supporters showed up to Shimmy’s Zoom court appearance on Wednesday. Our calls and letters have put the DA’s office on notice. Racist former talk show host Dianna Ploss spread anti-Black, anti-Semitic hate in the chat during court proceedings. Watch for updates on asks from Shimmy’s legal team on Instagram @FFCof2020.
The Black Response Cambridge works to defund the police and establish community-based solutions to harm and investment in community well-being. A generous donor is matching every contribution up to $35,000 - this will allow TBR to pay a full time, Black organizer to support and develop TBR's work for the long term!
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. Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy by Talia Lavin -- An engaging and incisive narrative look at the layers of the right-wing internet.
Get the full list at http://bit.ly/TopTenAntifascistBooks by Solidarity Against Hate - Boston and consider purchasing from our local shops: Frugal Bookstore or The Lucy Parsons Center!
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 continues to need our support to pay for legal costs, food, and rent.
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.
From UAINE (United American Indians of New England): Send an automated email to your state rep and state senator asking them to co-sponsor five bills in the 2021-2022 MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda! and share!
Share this article "Opponents Drop Appeals Against Tribal Lands." (linked above) Last year, the US Dept. of the Interior and settlers appealed a court ruling protecting tribal lands; they have dropped their lawsuit and the Mashpee Wampanoag declare victory!
Honor tribal sovereignty in Maine!
Mon, 3/1, 7 pm
Plant ecologist & author Robin Wall Kimmerer shares a braid of stories to heal and deepen our connection to trees while restoring our relationship with nature.
March 14, 12:30-2:30 PM Register here.
Brunches are usually the 2nd Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm (see link for exceptions)
SURJB Public Education working group members and Ruby Reyes, director of Boston Education Justice Alliance (BEJA), will discuss the lawsuit filed by white and Asian parents against the recent Boston Public Schools' decision to address the long standing racial inequities inherent in the exam school process.
We will also look at BPS funding and think together about how we invest in our children in Boston.
You will receive a Zoom invitation by email. Questions? Contact Amelie Ratliff for the brunch committee.
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.