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✊ 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

⭐️ ✊ Honoring Our Lands & Waters: Massachusetts Statewide Rally

Saturday, July 31, 2021, 1–4 PM; Onset VFW, 4 Gibbs Park, Wareham

Massachusetts forests, waterways and biodiversity are being destroyed by reckless state energy policies that subsidize big corporations who are cutting our forests for industrial solar. Join for free pizza, speakers, music, kids activities & fun! Rally for the trees! More info here.

⭐ 🍎 Calling Attention to Indigenous Boarding Schools and Truth & Reconciliation

August 4, 6-7:30 PM, RSVP here

This past week, the remains of 182 people were found in more unmarked graves at yet another residential school in Canada! Please educate yourself and others by reading up on the Truth and Reconciliation process in Canada (TRC Report) and this critique of the state-led reconciliation process. Join us and Knapsackers as we begin to engage with the TRC Report, on August 4 from 6-7:30pm. More info & please RSVP here.

✉️ 2021-2022 MA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

⭐️ Other Ways to Take Action

Thanks for supporting Indigenous Solidarity here and across Turtle Island - see this document for further ways to take action. Contact SURJBIndigenousSolidarity@googlegroups.com with any questions for our group.

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.

☎️ 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!

⭐️ 🍎 READ: LETTER TO THE EDITOR RESPONSE TO EVICTION FILINGS AT GEORGETOWNE HOMES

SURJ Boston Housing Justice member Hilary Rasch wrote a letter to the editor criticizing the Boston Globe’s recent coverage of the more than 100 evictions filed by Beacon Communities at Georgetowne Homes in Hyde Park, saying “an eviction letter in a pandemic is an inhumane way to prod tenants.”

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

Thanks to all who signed and protested, the vote on a luxury redevelopment of 168 Gove St in East Boston has been postponed. Sign now to stand with the three families fighting to stay in their home!

📋 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!

Mutual Aid

⭐️ 💵 The crisis isn’t over! Please donate needed items or $ if you can!

As the pandemic continues, our partners continue to value and NEED our donations. This week, we received donations from our Belmont and Somerville 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

🍎 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 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!

☎️ 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 ensure the Boston Public Schools exam school policy has 100% of seats assigned by rank in socioeconomic tiers - this would be a major step toward equity in BPS!

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

Confronting White Supremacists

🍎 Attend a Webinar: “Lessons from Infiltrating the Far Right” - Thursday July 8, 7:00PM

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.

✉️ ☎️ 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

🍎 Join AARW for Abolition Action & Learning Spaces

Asian American Resource Workshop will be hosting a series of workshops and action hours centering prison abolition: Check out the AARW website or FB page for zoom registration links.

☎️ 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.

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⭐️ July Brunch is back in person!

July 11th, 12:30 - 2:30 pm (rain date July 18th)

Brunch is back in person this month at the JP home of Amelie Ratliff. We will spend most of the brunch reconnecting.

Please read carefully. It will be outside and is good weather-only event this month. Please bring your own chairs or blankets and a picnic lunch for you and your immediate pod. We will not be doing a potluck yet. We will have cold drinks available. As we are outdoors, fully vaccinated folks can choose to wear a mask or not, unvaccinated folks, please mask. Masks required when in the house for the restroom.

Parking is available on the street or in the parking lot near Centre. DO NOT park in the driveway.

Please RSVP and direct any questions to amelie.ratliff@gmail.com.

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 workshops and sign up on the WPCR website.

Community Change, Inc.

💵 Fundraisers

Give what you can and share with your networks

📣 📋 Petitions and Organizational Sign-ons

Sign and Share:

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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