June 27, 2021
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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.
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.
This past week, at least 600 unmarked graves were found at an Indigenous boarding school in Saskatchewan, Canada. Last week, at another Canadian residential school, modeled on the U.S. system, a further 215 children’s bodies were found buried. Please educate yourself and others by reading up on the Truth and Reconciliation process in Canada; a critique of the state-led reconciliation process; and watching the movie Dawnland.
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.
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.
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.
#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!
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!
As the pandemic continues, our partners continue to value and NEED our donations. This week, we received donations from our Medford, Somerville and West Roxbury 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.
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!
Dive into the history of Abolitionist organizing in Boston and MA with this new tool.
Every Thursday in July 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!
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!
The Boston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America is hosting Talia Lavin, an antifascist researcher and author of “Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy”. Register for the Zoom here.
Open white supremacists are building power in New England. Share knowledge to disrupt their organizing!
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.
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.
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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.