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✊ 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 more than halfway to our goal! Donate and share our fundraising page.

⭐️ SUPPORT THE CAMBRIDGE HEART PROGRAM

Have you heard about the alternative first responder proposal that The Black Response (a Cambridge community organization) has been working on? If you live or work in Cambridge, join other SURJ members in writing testimony to support the proposal at City Council on June 7! Join a testimony-writing workshop at 4pm today or fill out this google form to indicate you will write testimony before Monday!

Get Involved

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.

⭐️ ✊ RALLY WED, JUN 9 @ 3PM: DON’T LET EVICTION PROTECTIONS EXPIRE

COVID-19 eviction protections are expiring on June 15 when the state of emergency ends. Join a rally at Edward J Brooke Courthouse 6/9 at 3-4:30pm to demand that eviction protections continue and are included in “end of the state of emergency” legislation.

⭐️ ☎️ CALL NOW: DON’T LET EVICTION PROTECTIONS EXPIRE ON JUNE 15

COVID-19 eviction protections are expiring on June 15 when the state of emergency ends. Call your legislators to demand that eviction protections get included in “end of the state of emergency” legislation.

☎️ 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!  

Mutual Aid

💵 FOOD AND CRITICAL SUPPLIES Still NEEDED

As the pandemic continues, our partners continue to value and NEED our donations. This week, we received donations from our Belmont and Medford porches — thanks to those who donated!!

We have porches set up as donation drop off sites; 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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Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️ 🍎 Amplifying North American Indigenous Solidarity

The bodies of 215 children were recently found at one of many residential schools in Canada, as modeled on the U.S. system. Please educate yourself and others by reading the critique of the state led reconciliation process and watching the movie Dawnland.

✉️ 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.

Check out your city/town’s website on recycling to learn what is actually recyclable (Boston’s recycling info 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 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!

☎️ ✉️ 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 and tell them to cosponsor the moratorium bill!

✊ 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

⭐️ ✊ Support the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Action Group

June 13th @ 3 PM

Testify about how big nonprofits in Boston should contribute to the community. See the flyer here and sign up to testify/attend here.

✊ 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

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.

✉️ 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!

Immigration Justice

⭐️ ☎️ ✊ Milk with Dignity 6/9 Mass Phone Call Day of Action!

Register here to join Migrant Justice this Wednesday, June 9th, from 9:00-5:00 PM for mass call-in to pressure Hannaford supermarkets to commit to the Milk with Dignity Campaign to support the rights and dignity of dairy workers. There will also be a training for the day of action on Tuesday, June 8th from 6:00-7:00 PM.

⭐️ 🍎 Celebrating Asian American Artists & Stories

June 9th 6:30-8:00 PM

Join the Asian American Resource Workshop’s Story Project this Thursday for a night of celebrating the art and stories that our local Asian American community members hold! They will have performances and an open panel conversation around their experiences with storytelling, the importance of telling their stories, and the connections to Asian American movement work. Register here for the event!

☎️ 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.

💵 Fundraisers

Give what you can and share with your networks

📣 📋 Petitions and Organizational Sign-ons

⭐️ 📋 Petition: Stop Line 3 in Minnesota

This weekend many are gathering on Anishinaabe land in Northern Minnesota on the frontlines to stop the construction of Line 3. Sign the petition to tell President Biden to stop Line 3 and educate yourself and your neighbors about the issue. Learn how your money is funding climate chaos and how you can move your money out of the fossil fuel industry and then tell your friends and the bank why.

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SURJ Brunch

We are taking the month of June off of hosting a brunch and we look forward to seeing all of you in July (possibly in person!).

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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