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3 Actions Now for Racial Justice

✊ 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.

💵 DONATE TO SUPPORT LOCAL GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING

The Celebration of Grassroots Organizing raises money for amazing BIPOC-led organizations making change in Boston. We're halfway to our goal! Donate and share our fundraising page.

⭐ ☎️ ✉️ SUPPORT JORDAN RICE!

Jordan Rice is a beloved community member who is currently facing racist harassment while incarcerated in Old Colony Correctional Center in Plymouth County. Jordan is on a hunger strike to protest - let’s show our support by calling and emailing to raise awareness!

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Indigenous Solidarity

⭐✊🍎 Beyond Guilt - redistributing resources with joy and humility through a reparations framework

June 6, 1-3PM
All are invited to join the public Western Mass SURJ monthly meeting. Email: westernmasssurj@gmail.com for access info.

✉️2021-2022 MA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

From UAINE: Send an automated email to your state rep and state senator asking them to co-sponsor five bills in the Agenda! Please share, and learn more: MA Legislative Agenda

⭐REMINDER: WE ARE GUESTS ON THIS LAND

We invite us all to consider and be mindful with REDUCING the amount of plastics we buy (which includes buying bulk, or choosing glass, paper, wood instead), REPURPOSING & REUSING creatively, and last, RECYCLING what is left. We share these reminders while holding:

Check out your city/town’s website on recycling to learn what is actually recyclable (Boston’s is here, there’s an app, too!), and compost if you can (Bootstrap Compost, for example). Use this form to share your experience with RRRR & composting. Thanks for your efforts.

Prison Abolition

⭐✊✉️ SUPPORT THE CAMBRIDGE HEART PROGRAM

Monday, May 31, 6PM
Have you heard about the alternative first responder proposal that The Black Response (a Cambridge community organization) has been working on? Learn about the Holistic Emergency Alternative Response Team (HEART) proposal from Queen Cheyenne Wade of TBR at a community event on Monday.
If you live or work in Cambridge, join other SURJ members in writing testimony to support the proposal at City Council on June 7! This google form will connect you with other SURJ members supporting TBR!

☎️ ✉️ NO NEW PRISONS!

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 for instructions on how to call your legislators!

✊ 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

Public Education

✊ HELP THE BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS DECIDE HOW TO SPEND EDUCATIONAL RELIEF FUNDS

Learn more and sign up for public comment here

✊ 🍎 GET EDUCATED ABOUT POTENTIAL BOSTON CITY COUNCILORS AND MAYORAL CANDIDATES

🍎 Read the Latest on Opting Out of/Cancelling the MCAS this Spring

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

Confronting White Supremacists

⭐✊ ALL OUT FOR THE TRANS RESISTANCE MARCH

June 12, 11am
Sign up here to attend the Trans Resistance March with a SURJ group! This community protest and celebration is led by Black trans women and queer and trans leaders of color in response to Boston Pride’s refusal to acknowledge anti-Blackness and corporate presence in Pride.

⭐🍎 Imprisoned Anti-Fascist Activist Says Federal Guards Let White Supremacists Beat Him

Read the article here.

✉️ Demand District Attorney Danielle Doherty drop charges against Ernst Jean Jacques “Shimmy”, a Black activist

📣 🍎 Share the CONFRONTING WHITE SUPREMACY IN NEW ENGLAND WEBSITE

Open white supremacists are building power in New England. Some anonymous local organizers have put together this website -- share knowledge to disrupt their organizing!

Housing Justice

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 LEGISLATORS: PROTECT YOUR NEIGHBORS FROM EVICTION

Hyde Park residents recently rallied 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!  

Immigration Justice

☎️ Call to Demand Releases NOT Transfers

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!

☎️ 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.

☎️✉️ 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.

☎️ SUPPORT 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-- 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.

Mutual Aid

STIMULUS CHECK Redistribution: 3RD ROUND Complete!

The stimulus redistribution team is officially closing out this round, after helping our pledgers to move $95,000 to our 5 partner organizations and referred individuals. That’s a lot of mutual aid and movement-building! A HUGE thank you to the SURJ community - stay tuned as we find ways to celebrate and build on this momentum in the weeks to come!

💵 FOOD AND CRITICAL SUPPLIES 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 West Roxbury porch - thank you to those of you who donated!

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.

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💵 Fundraisers

⭐ PAY REPARATIONS WITH SURJ

Western Mass. SURJ 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. This acknowledgement that we occupy stolen Indigenous land is a step towards repair with Indigenous communities.

⭐ SUPPORT MCDW’S FIRST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

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.

Give what you can and share with your networks:

📣 📋 Petitions and Organizational Sign-ons

PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT TO END SOUTHEAST ASIAN DEPORTATIONS

For the past two decades, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Lao, and Hmong migrants have been unjustly targeted with detention and deportation. Sign the pledge to demand an immediate end to the violence of deportation and to stay connected to the national campaign to end Southeast Asian deportations.

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!

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Boston KNAPSACK ANTI-RACISM GROUP

Each week, we offer a number of options for discussions on Zoom. See our upcoming meetings on Knapsack’s Meetup page; RSVP here if you can attend

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

Knapsack Facebook discussions are 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.

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.

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