June 13, 2021
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The Celebration of Grassroots Organizing raises money for amazing BIPOC-led organizations making change in Boston. We are a few weeks and $1,400 away from the end of the fundraiser -- together we can meet our goal! Donate and share our fundraising page.
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.
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.
COVID-19 eviction protections are expiring in just two days when the state of emergency ends. Call your legislators to demand that eviction protections get included in “end of the state of emergency” legislation H.1431/S.891.
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!
As the pandemic continues, our partners continue to value and NEED our donations. This week, we received donations from our Belmont and Brighton 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.
Join the Democracy Behind Bars Coalition for phone banks every Thursday in June from 5 - 7:30 pm to patch through voters to their legislators in key districts to support jail-based voting for eligible incarcerated people. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/dbbc_phonebanks.
Mr. Frank Webb is incarcerated at MCI-Cedar Junction, where guards are harassing him targeting his mental health. Join his loved ones in calling for him to be transferred so he can get the support he needs.
⭐️✊ CLEMENCY NOW - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
President Biden and governors can use clemency to immediately release incarcerated women and girls who are elderly, survived and punished, long-timers and sick and/or living with a terminal illness. On Friday July 2 - Sunday July 4, Families for Justice as Healing and the Building Up People Not Prisons coalition are organizing a rally and walk at the MA state house and a car caravan to demand #ClemencyNow. Sign up here to join!
☎️ ✉️ 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 still in solitary confinement and needs us to show our support by calling and emailing to raise awareness!
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 Prisons Week of Action for instructions on how to call your legislators and tell them to cosponsor the moratorium bill!
Thank you to everyone who showed up to support the Trans Resistance March on Saturday! It was a joyous event demonstrating the power of true community protest and celebration! Trans Resistance MA is still accepting donations for their Transitional Housing Fund here.
Open white supremacists are building power in New England. Share knowledge to disrupt their organizing!
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! 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.
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.
From UAINE: Send an automated email to your state rep and state senator asking them to co-sponsor five bills in the Agenda! Please ask 10 of your connections across MA to do the same, and let us know here if you can help get the word out. Learn more here: MA Legislative Agenda
Boston residents: Support community demands to divest from BPD and invest in what communities actually need. Add your voice to the petition to #DefundBosCops here.
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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!).
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.