March 14, 2021
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Another round of stimulus checks passed this week.
SURJB’s stimulus check redistribution team has facilitated the redistribution of nearly $55,000 from 95 people in our network to folks referred by partner organizations including:
VERY IMPORTANT: We have emailed everyone who pledged their check thru us. If you haven’t heard from someone in SURJ Boston about moving your money, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIRD ROUND: If you are able to redistribute all or more than $100 of your upcoming stimulus check, you can pledge it using this new form. Our team is currently checking in with partner organizations. When our plan solidifies, a team member will email you to arrange details of redistribution.
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)!
Calls for “anti-terrorism” legislation have proliferated following the Capitol riots of January 6. "Anti-terrorism" legislation has been used to extend the State's ability to surveil and police Muslim communities, communities of color, and those who challenge State and corporate power. Join the Harvard National Lawyers Guild and the Harvard Alliance Against Campus Cops on March 24th from 6:30-8pm ET for a panel discussion on these important issues. Register at bit.ly/TATLNLG.
The colder days of winter are a perfect time to get educated and prepared for the months ahead. Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Military America by Kathleen Belew- A study of the origins of the modern alt-right and American paramilitarism.
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!
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.
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!
The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled xenophobia and anti-Asian racism. But Asian Americans have experienced violence long before the pandemic. Join a town hall highlighting how the Asian American community in MA is organizing against racism and learn how to support our community during the pandemic.
In the midst of the Biden Administration’s 100-day deportation moratorium, organizations across the country working to end the deportation of Vietnamese immigrants and refugees were notified that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has scheduled a deportation flight to Viet Nam on Monday morning, March 15, from Texas. There are 33 Vietnamese people who are scheduled to be on this flight. Among the 33 people are Hieu Huynh, a 49-year old refugee who arrived in 1980 with his family after fleeing the aftermath of the war in Viet Nam. Read the statement from groups fighting these deportations and keep up to date with how you can support the campaign with the toolkit.
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.
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.
March 17, 6 pm
Learn how to strategically pressure your local elected officials and leverage your power as a constituent in formation with the statewide movement to end the incarceration of women and girls in MA and to say no to a new women's prison in Norfolk County. This session builds off the recent BUPNP Symposia about the new women’s prison, but is open to all. Register here to join us!
March 23, 6 pm
Trump is out of office, but white supremacy continues to harm our communities through prisons and policing. If you are trying to figure out how you can help, join SURJ Boston for our next abolition action hour. Facilitators will guide you through taking critical action to protect incarcerated people and working towards abolition right here in MA. RSVP for our abolition hour here.
#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.
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.
Call your Massachusetts representatives today to voice your support for the COVID 19 Housing Equity Bill (HD3030). Over 8,500 new eviction cases have been filed in Massachusetts since October and many people are excluded from assistance programs. This bill would require landlords to cooperate with these programs, protect the most vulnerable from forced removal, pause no-fault evictions and foreclosures, among other things. Call now!
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.
Two weeks ago 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 homelessness. 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.
As the pandemic continues, our partners continue to value and NEED our donations. Please pick up extra items when doing your grocery shopping for yourself, or have them delivered from online purchases, to meet these critical needs. This week, we received donations from our our Belmont, JP, Roxbury and West Roxbury porches - thank you to those of you who donated! Let’s aim for more porch pick ups next week.
Drop-off sites: Allston, (please note our Arlington porch is on hiatus), Belmont, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, our NEW Medford porch, Roslindale, Roxbury, Somerville, and West Roxbury. Please email us to get the address for the drop-off site of your choice.
If you cannot donate essential supplies but you have extra funds, please consider donating money to our partners:
⭐️ Let us know if you’re planning to donate goods and/or if you donated $ (and how much for our records) at email@example.com; we’re happy to answer questions too. Thank you!
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).
For decades, Nipmuc Regional High School, located in Upton, MA, has used the "Nipmuc Warrior" as its school mascot. As the Nipmuc Nation Tribal Council said in a 2016 statement, "The use of ethnic-related sports team mascots, symbols, and nicknames has to stop." Sign this petition from Nipmuc High School students to tell administration that it is past time to change the school’s mascot.
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!
Honor tribal sovereignty in Maine!
"Showing Up," hosted by Kendra Dawsey and Bethany Van Delft, is a show that deftly blends comedy with discussions around social justice issues, including calls-to-action for the audience.
For our premiere episode, stop by to see musical guest TJ Reynolds and a panel from MCDW (Mass Coalition of Domestic Workers) as we discuss care work, the movement in solidarity with domestic workers, and why it matters during this time. Show up here!
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.