May 30, 2021
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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.
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.
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!
June 6, 1-3PM
All are invited to join the public Western Mass SURJ monthly meeting. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for access info.
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
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
Open white supremacists are building power in New England. Some anonymous local organizers have put together this website -- share knowledge to disrupt their organizing!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
#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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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
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.
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.