April 4, 2021
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Every Wednesday 12 to 1 PM
Overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs doing? Looking for community? Want to go a little deeper in your work for racial justice? Here's what we can do at action hour:
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 platforming” is the strategy of disrupting and denying platforms for fascist messaging and allowing no uncontested public space. The goal is not to give fascists a platform from which to disseminate genocidal or hateful/supremacist ideology. This can look like disrupting or organizing to cancel rallies or speaking events, and organizing to shut down social media accounts, fundraisers, etc.
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.
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.
Fri, 4/9, 4-7pm
MA State House
Join Cosecha Massachusetts' relaunch of their campaign to demand driver’s licenses for all. Immigrants in Massachusetts have a right to drive without fear! Join the press conference or car caravan (across the street from state house).
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 COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issues working families have been facing for decades— unpredictable work schedules, fluctuating paychecks, and underemployment. Most notably, this pandemic has hurt working women and mothers, who are being forced out of the workplace at alarming rates, especially Black and Latinx women and mothers. Call on your legislators to support the Fair Work Week Bill to give restaurant, retail, and hospitality workers more control over their schedules and lives.
Matahari Women Worker’s Center is calling on Governor Baker and Secretary Sudders to include nannies and au pairs in vaccines access NOW!
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. Support Cosecha MA's mutual aid fund and stand in solidarity with our immigrant communities!
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.
Tuesday April 6, 6 pm
No matter what happens in the Derek Chauvin trial, we know that the current criminal legal system isn’t going to bring justice for George Floyd and all the communities harmed by policing and prisons. Support the Building Up People Not Prisons Coalition by joining 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. If you can’t join on April 6th, join SURJB’s weekly action hours on Wednesdays at noon!
Sign this petition from Justice 4 Housing to help people with criminal records get access to housing!
Raymond Gaines has been wrongfully incarcerated for over 40 years. Last week he had a key hearing. Call the Suffolk County DAs office to keep up the pressure!
The DOC has been trying to build a new women’s prison in Massachusetts. Families for Justice as Healing has blocked progress twice in the last year, but continues to work on ways to stop it permanently. This week, FJAH and allies protested HDR, the architecture firm who was awarded a contract to design a new women's prison in MA. Check out the video of this protest on the National Council’s youtube channel! Follow the instructions in the week of action to call HDR! We can help amplify FJAH’s message to let them know it’s not okay to profit off the trauma of incarceration!
The moratorium bill is one of the key ways that we can stop the new women’s prison. Follow the instructions in the Week of Action to call your state reps to give them information and urge them to cosponsor!
Do you represent an organization that wants to get behind the Moratorium Bill? Read more and then sign on here!
April 20 and 21
Sisters Unchained is an amazing Boston group bringing together daughters of incarcerated parents, led by Ayana Auburg and Vanessa Ly. On April 20 and 21st, they will be sharing their work and their reflections on our individual and collective journeys towards prison abolition. This two-day event is open to all and will be on zoom. Learn more and sign up (for free!) here.
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). Nearly 10,000 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!
The Coalition for a Truly Affordable Boston is calling on the city to finally address Boston’s affordability crisis by strengthening Boston’s Inclusionary Housing Policy (IDP). This includes increasing affordable housing units from 13% to 33% and redefining affordability income levels.
The CDC has extended the national ban on evictions through June 30. According to a survey by the Census bureau, 20% of renters couldn’t pay rent last month. Housing justice organizations are calling for a stronger moratorium, emergency housing, and rent & mortgage cancellation as debt piles. Learn more about the demands & sign on here.
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.
If you are able, pledge your check today! We have $64,000+ pledge for this round!
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, Cambridge, and Medford 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 (7 min from 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 was killed by the Lowell Police Department, and his body was recovered
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).
Tuesday, April 13
Hosted by UU Mass Action, anyone can attend. Virtual community gathering at 11am, meetings with Reps and Senators in the afternoon. Register by April 6th, training will be provided.
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!
Sunday April 11 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Join our longstanding monthly SURJB brunch where we gather to build community. This month we will talk about:
We encourage everyone to stay for our break out groups where we have the chance to get to know each other and connect.
Register for the brunch here. You’ll receive an email with the Zoom link. Contact email@example.com with questions or for information.
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.