A ⭐ indicates new or updated content. Please feel welcome to forward this email to others! Click on any green text to follow links for more info.

What do you think of our new format? Let us know here!

Get Involved

✊ Show Up! (Online or In Person)

ACTION HOURS

Every Wednesday 12 to 1 PM (training every 4th Wednesday at 1pm)

SURJ Boston members will guide you through a set of actions curated from our BIPOC-led partners' priorities this week! Bring a friend :) Register here for action hours.

MCDW Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 27th, 6-7 PM

Join the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers for a panel discussion about the current landscape and future challenges for domestic workers. Register here.

Educate yourself: Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and Red Dress Day

Help us raise awareness of the high level of violence against Indigenous women. Please read and share their stories as they continue to be silenced.

sign up for updates on specific issue areas

Sign up to receive communications directly from SURJ Boston groups around political education opportunities and ways to take action.

☎️ ✉️ Calls and Emails

Prison Abolition

JAIL-BASED VOTING PHONE BANK

Thursday, May 27, 3-5pm

Join Democracy Behind Bars Coalition for a patch-through phone bank to educate voters about the disenfranchisement of eligible incarcerated voters! You will be trained to call voters, who will be patched through to their legislators to support S.474 and H.836. Voting rights is a racial justice issue!

Support Black/Palestinian Solidarity in Cambridge

Monday, May 24, 5:30pm on (block off the whole evening)

If you live or work in Cambridge, testify on Monday, 5/24 in support of black and Palestinian solidarity. Materials and support here are at: bit.ly/CAMBRIDGE4PALESTINE and read/share on Instagram.

SUPPORT DECARCERATION!

As we continue to fight against the proposed new women’s prison in Massachusetts, share this letter in support of the prison moratorium bill and check the Building Up People Not Prison Week of Action to support two super important Senate Budget Amendments. Amendment 367 pauses prison construction for a year - a complement to the 5-year prison moratorium bill - and amendment 669 supports staffing and funding for the independent ombudsman’s office.

Call to support legislation ending housing discrimination

Justice 4 Housing is a grassroots organization committed to ending housing discrimination and homelessness for justice-involved individuals.

KEEP FIGHTING TO #FREESHIMMY!

Watch for updates on asks from Shimmy’s legal team on Instagram @FFCof2020.

Housing Justice

CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS: Protect Your Neighbors from Eviction

Hyde Park residents rallied last weekend to protest over 100 evictions filed at Georgetowne Homes. Prevent more mass evictions with the COVID 19 Housing Equity Bill (HD3030): Call your representatives now!

indigenous solidarity

MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda

From UAINE: 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! Please share, and learn more about the MA Legislative Agenda here.

immigration Justice

⭐ Call to Demand Releases NOT Transfers

Last week a major organizing victory happened when ICE cancelled all contracts with Bristol County, MA. However, while we celebrate this victory it’s vital we push for folks in detention in Bristol County be RELEASED not transferred to another facility, Use this script to call the White House and ICE Headquarters to demand releases not transfers!

Join AARW’s Housing Justice Phone Zap, 5/25 5:30-6:30

Our communities are safer when they have a stable place to call home. Join AARW’s phone zap this Thursday, May 25th from 5:30-6:30 to call on our legislators about urgent housing justice legislation.

SUPPORT THE FAIR WORK WEEK BILL

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issues working families, particularly Black and Latinx women and mothers, have been facing for decades— unpredictable work schedules, fluctuating paychecks, and underemployment. 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.

FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER: Support the #MASAFECOMMUNITIESACT!

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.

support the WORK AND FAMILY MOBILITY ACT

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.

Public Education

Help the Boston Public Schools Decide How to Spend Educational Relief Funds

Learn more and sign up for public comment here

📣 Share Posts and Materials

public education

Boston Residents: demand fully funded, safe schools

Tweet Boston mayor Kim Janey to demand fully funded, safe schools, and more. Tweet templates from the Boston Education Justice Alliance and SURJ Boston Public Ed AP are available here.

Housing Justice

TAKE ACTION FOR TRULY AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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). Sign & share the petition!

📋 Petitions and Organizational Sign Ons

immigration justice

SIGN IN SUPPORT OF COVID-19 AID TO NEPAL

Nepal is reporting one of the fastest COVID-19 viral reproduction rates in the world, with a positivity ratio of 45%. Nepal needs direct vaccine supplies NOW-- sign the petition and call Senator Ed Markey to demand that the White House to send surplus COVID vaccines to Nepal as well as oxygen and other essential supplies.

HOUSING JUSTICE

⭐️ JP & Roslindale RESIDENTS: DEFEND 100% AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT 3371 WASHINGTON STREET

#DropItMonty - After a 4 year fight, the JP community won 100% affordable housing at 3371 Washington St and prevented the eviction of the EL Embajador Restaurant. Now, Turtle Swamp Brewing and their landlord Monty Gold have filed a lawsuit, jeopardizing this much needed project. If you are a resident of JP, Roslindale, or nearby, please sign to DROP THE LAWSUIT!

TAKE ACTION FOR TRULY AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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).

ORGANIZATIONS: END HOUSING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THOSE WITH RECORDS
Justice 4 Housing needs organizational support their new bills to end housing discrimination and homelessness for justice-involved individuals.

dorchester bay city should serve the people of boston

The UMass Boston Coalition Against Gentrification is demanding modifications to the Dorchester Bay City Proposal to better meet the needs of impacted residents. Read the full list of demands and sign here!

public education

DEMAND FULLY FUNDED SCHOOLS, CANCEL MCAS & MORE

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.

SUPPORT OPTING OUT OF MCAS

Standardized testing has never been a measure of student learning, and in a pandemic teaching to this test will cause BIPOC, disabled, and poor students to fall even further behind. Allow parents to opt their students out of testing.

indigenous solidarity

SUPPORT INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY, CHANGE THE BOSTON MARATHON DATE!

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has decided to reschedule the Boston Marathon to October 11, 2021 - Indigenous Peoples Day. Sign this petition today to tell the BAA to honor Indigenous Peoples Day and change the date of the marathon!

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has decided to schedule the Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021. October 11, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples Day and is meant to celebrate the Indigenous peoples of this land and their contributions (past and present). The BAA has the chance to acknowledge the importance of keeping the spotlight on Indigenous Peoples Day rather than steal the spotlight for the Marathon.

💵 Donate Money and Resources

Support local grassroots organizing!

The Celebration of Grassroots Organizing is back for its 8th year! Last year, our community raised more than $5,000 for amazing BIPOC-led organizations making change in Boston. Let's raise even more in 2021! Support by sharing our fundraiser and check out this highlight video from Lobster Feeds past.

Worker Solidarity

Support MCDW’s First Annual Fundraiser & Panel Discussion 5/27 6:00-7:00 PM

Support the work of the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers by donating to their 1st Annual Fundraiser! This fundraiser celebrates the legacy of Myriam Hernandez Jennings, their Director of Policy and Organizing, and will go towards the Leadership Development Program to provide transformative training for their leaders and will provide ten Visa T grants for their workers. MCDW promotes change by empowering domestic workers and developing leaders who are able to speak up in their communities and generate positive change for themselves and others. As well, register here to join MCDW on Thursday May 27th from 6:00-7:00 PM for a panel discussion about the current landscape and future challenges for domestic workers.

Prison abolition

⭐️CLEMENCY NOW - SAVE THE DATE!

On Friday July 2-Sunday July 4, there will be multiple actions and events led by Families for Justice as Healing to generate support and visibility for bringing women home through clemency. Look out for more details in June! #ClemencyNow

SUPPORT RAYMOND GAINES’S REENTRY!

In a huge victory for the community, Raymond Gaines finally was released after 47 years incarcerated! He has been wrongfully incarcerated since he was a teenager and now he needs our support for food, shelter, and medical care to address decades of untreated health conditions.

mutual aid

PLEDGE YOUR STIMULUS CHECK: 3RD ROUND!

If you are able, pledge your check today! We have $94,000+ confirmed pledged, and have moved about $56,000 so far.

We are starting to get referrals in from our partners, and have reached out to most pledgers already. If you haven’t heard from us, email surjbmutualaid@gmail.com.

Your patience and generosity allow us to support people excluded from other COVID19 and economic relief efforts.

FOOD AND CRITICAL SUPPLIES ARE Still NEEDED, Can you Commit?

As the pandemic continues, our partners continue to value and NEED our donations. This week, we received donations from our Belmont, Medford, Somerville and West Roxbury porches - thank you to those of you who donated! Donations are still needed - please see below for details.

We have porches in various communities for donation drop offs; we cannot publish porch addresses here for security reasons. From there, volunteer drivers bring the goods to our partners. Please email us to get the address for a drop-off site of your choice: Allston, Belmont, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, Medford, Somerville, and West Roxbury.

Items needed:

If you would like to donate funds to our partners as well/instead, please click here:

Let us know if you’re planning to donate goods and/or if you donated $ (and how much for our records) at surjbmutualaid@gmail.com. Thank you!

SUPPORT COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS IN INDIA

India is currently experiencing a massive COVID outbreak, exacerbated by colonizing nations constricting the vaccine supply.

#BlacklivesMatter Movement organizations

FUND A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER FOR THE BLACK RESPONSE

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.

Justice for Moses Harris

INVEST IN K, COMMUNITY, AND BLACK RADICAL ORGANIZING

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).

immigration justice

⭐️ Support the Nipmuc Nation: Pay Reparations with Western Mass. SURJ

WMSURJ is inviting settlers to engage in a practice of paying Indigenous Reparations to the Nipmuc Nation through the tribe’s 501(c)3, the Nipmuc Indian Development Corporation (NIDC). This acknowledgement that we occupy stolen Indigenous land is a step towards repair with Indigenous communities. Pay reparations to the Nipmuc tribe at this link.

SUPPORT THE MASS UNDOCUFUND

MassUndocuFund is fund to support undocumented immigrants during the COVID-19 crisis. Support our community members who did not receive stimulus checks or other forms of relief during this crisis!.

SUPPORT COSECHA’S IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY MUTUAL AID

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! They are very close to their final goal!

⭐️Become an AARW Monthly Sustainer

Support the Asian American Resource Workshop and the organizing they do for liberation and racial justice by becoming a monthly sustainer at any amount you can afford!

🍎 Dig Deeper

Boston KNAPSACK ANTI-RACISM GROUP

Each week, we offer a number of options for discussions on Zoom. Instead of posting here our meetings for this coming week, we invite you to see our upcoming meetings here instead: Knapsack’s Meetup page; RSVP if you can attend.

PLEASE give FEEDBACK: is an "upcoming meetings" list (and Knapsack) useful to you?

Join Knapsack Facebook discussions. This is an alternative to the Knapsack Meetup group; it is not required to join this FB group to join/attend the Meetup group. All are welcome in both.

WHITE PEOPLE CHALLENGING RACISM

Moving From Talk to Action: Find classes and sign up on the WPCR website.

Immigration Justice

Stories of Muslim Jewish Solidarity: Rooting in Political Home

Join Muslim Justice League and Kavod to deepen relationships across and within their communities, learn about each other’s work, and reflect on how faith identities inform their organizing. This event will share histories (and current realities) of Muslim-Jewish solidarity organizing and reflect on stories of finding political home within MJL and Kavod.

Public Education

Opting Out of/Cancelling the MCAS

Read this article from School Yard News about how to opt your child out of the 2021 MCAS

get educated about potential boston city councilors and mayoral candidates

ANTI-FASCISM

Confronting White Supremacy in New England Website

Overt white supremacists organizing in New England still benefit from the lie that it couldn’t happen here in the progressive Northeast. Some anonymous local organizers have put together this website -- share knowledge to disrupt fascist organizing!

Community Change, Inc.

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.

Feeling overwhelmed?
Commit to doing just one thing this week.
We can do this.

Read more about SURJ Boston and ways to get involved on our website.

Click here to go back to the newsletter index