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💵 FINAL PUSH: SUPPORT LOCAL GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING!!

The Celebration of Grassroots Organizing raises money for amazing BIPOC-led organizations making change in Boston. We have $500 left to meet our goal of raising $5,000 to support long-term racial justice organizing -- every donation makes a big difference! Donate and share our fundraising page.

✊ ACTION HOURS

Every Wednesday 12-1 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.

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Indigenous Solidarity

⭐📋PETITION: STOP LINE 3 IN MINNESOTA

🍎 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.

✉️2021-2022 MA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

⭐💵 Pay Reparations with WMSURJ

Western Mass. SURJ is inviting settlers to pay 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.

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.

⭐📋URGENT: SIGN TO STOP LUXURY DEVELOPMENT IN EAST BOSTON!

Send a comment to the Zoning Board of Appeals by the end of the day Monday to stop the luxury redevelopment of 168 Gove St in East Boston and to stand with the three families fighting to stay in their home! Sign here.

⭐📋JP & ROSLINDALE RESIDENTS: KEEP UP THE PRESSURE TO DROP THE LAWSUIT!

#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, keep up the pressure to DROP THE LAWSUIT!

☎️ CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS: PROTECT YOUR NEIGHBORS FROM EVICTION

Over 14,000 eviction cases have been filed in MA since October. 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 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.

Items needed:

Prison Abolition

⭐☎️NEXT TUESDAY: TAKE ALL THE ACTION

Tuesday, June 29, 6 - 7 pm

Resource Generation is hosting an abolition action hour with support from SURJB and others! Register here for an hour of important updates and dedicated action-taking in community with like-minded activists!

⭐✊ COMMIT, SHOW UP - MA CLEMENCY TOUR!

⭐🍎MUSLIM JUSTICE LEAGUE'S TIMELINE OF ABOLITION

Dive into the history of Abolitionist organizing in Boston and MA with this new tool.

☎️ ACT FOR JAIL-BASED VOTING

Every Thursday in June from 5 - 7:30 pm

The Democracy Behind Bars Coalition needs you to call voters to their legislators in key districts to support jail-based voting for eligible incarcerated people. Training, numbers, and patch through network provided!

☎️DEMAND SUPPORT FOR CURRENTLY INCARCERATED FOLKS

☎️ ✉️ 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 Prisons Week of Action for instructions on how to call your legislators and tell them to cosponsor the moratorium bill!

Public Education

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

Confronting White Supremacists

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

📣 🍎 CONFRONTING WHITE SUPREMACY IN NEW ENGLAND WEBSITE

Open white supremacists are building power in New England. Share knowledge to disrupt their organizing!

Immigration Justice

⭐️📣🍎70+ INVESTORS CALL FOR MILK WITH DIGNITY

A group of 71 investment firms, pension funds, and other shareholders have published a letter addressed to Hannaford Supermarkets urging the company to clean up its dairy brand and ensure fair wages and working conditions.

☎️ 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! 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.

💵 Fundraisers

Give what you can and share with your networks

📣 📋 Petitions and Organizational Sign-ons

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🍎 Dig Deeper

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.

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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