March 21, 2021
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The Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) and the Asian Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network and their partners and allies are enraged, devastated, and committed to organizing for long-term community safety after the events in Atlanta and anti-Asian violence nationwide. Read their full statement here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled xenophobia, anti-Asian racism, and white supremacist violence, but Asian Americans have experienced violence long before the pandemic. Join a town hall this Thursday, March 25th from 6:00-7:30 highlighting how the Asian American community in MA is organizing against racism and learn how we can be in solidarity with the community during this time.
The Asian Community Emergency Relief Fundis an initiative that several APIA serving organizations launched at the beginning of the covid19 pandemic. Funds will be used to directly support families and individuals who have been impacted by the pandemic and anti-Asian hate.
Every Wednesday 12 to 1 PM
We're entering our 53rd week of taking action this week! Your presence, calls, donations, letters, and emails have helped move legislation pushed by BIPOC partner organizations, feed our neighbors, and more! Let's keep building, together.
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)!
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!
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.
Join Matahari Women Workers' Center, Mass Jobs with Justice, and One Fair Wage to honor the work of women essential workers all over the state in honor of Women's History Month and the one year anniversary of the pandemic. As we reflect on all that we have learned this year we lift up the struggles of domestic, restaurant, retail workers and more to receive fair wages, vaccine access, and basic rights at work. It is time for us to acknowledge that #allworkisessential and finally give women workers the respect and dignity that they deserve. Register here for this event which will be virtual, free to attend, and open to all.
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 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.
Governor Baker and Education Commissioner Jeff Riley are pushing full in-person learning BEFORE teachers are fully vaccinated. Sign a petition here to tell them this is unacceptable!
Support Massachusetts Justice Alliance’s advocacy when it comes to making sure our learners are not left behind during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Sign this petition and take addition action around fully funding schools, cancelling MCAS and much, much more.
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.
Last week, a new stimulus package passed and SURJB will be facilitating redistribution again! Over the past 2 rounds, we've moved over $130,000 primarily to individuals referred by our BIPOC-led partner organizations.
If you are able, pledge your check today! Referrals come from our partners in waves, so matches will likely start around April 1 and come on a rolling basis.
Your patience and generosity allow us to support people excluded from other COVID19 and economic relief efforts.
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 Belmont, JP, Roslindale, Roxbury, and West Roxbury porches - thank you to those of you who donated! Let’s aim for even more porch pick ups next week.
We have porches in various communities for donation drop offs so you don’t need to go to the partner locations. We cannot publish porch addresses here for security reasons. Please email us to get the address for one drop-off site of your choice: Allston, Belmont, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, Medford (closest to former Arlington porch), Roslindale, Roxbury, Somerville, and West Roxbury.
Please label all donations to VietAID if possible, but you do NOT need to label donations to other partners, thank you!
If you cannot donate essential supplies but you have extra funds, please consider donating money to our partners directly:
Let us know if you’re planning to donate goods and/or if you donated $ (and how much for our records) at firstname.lastname@example.org; we’re happy to answer questions too. Thank you!
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 death of Moses Harris. Contact the legislators that serve Lowell MA and ask that an investigation be initiated regarding his death.
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!
Email us at email@example.com and let us know if you’d like to help with the garden beds as part of a SURJ Boston group.
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.
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.
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.