July 18, 2021
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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.
Super Happy Fun America, the Massachusetts alt-right group behind the “Straight Pride Parade” in August 2019, is holding an event celebrating the Capitol riot next Saturday July 24.
DiDi Delgado and #DoneforDiDi have launched 40 Acres And A School, a campaign to build a Black Liberatory Epicenter on colonized lands in New England. Sign the pledge to fundraise for their farm and healing center for Black communities and check out their fundraising toolkit.
Submit written testimony by August 6
Big news: The bill to establish a moratorium on prison construction in Massachusetts will be discussed at a hearing this Tuesday, July 20! Building Up People Not Prisons is organizing people to submit written testimony by the August 6 deadline and attend Tuesday’s hearing as a supporter. You can sign up here.
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 together with us and the TRC report, on August 4 from 6-7:30pm. More info & please RSVP with this link.
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! It would be great to have supportive SURJB representation there. Please let us know if you can go.
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.
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.
The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) would allow tenants the first chance to purchase their home if it gets sold, potentially preventing displacement with no cost to the owner.
Over 16,000 eviction cases have been filed in MA since October. Prevent more mass evictions with the COVID 19 Housing Equity Bill (H.1434 / S. 891): Call your representatives now!
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.
Our partners continue to value and need our donations. We had no donations pick ups this week, please consider grabbing a few items for this upcoming week!
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.
Thank you to everyone who has come out to support the Clemency Campaign in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut over the last two weeks! Check here for updates to share with loved ones in other New England states as more stops are scheduled! Clemency is an existing legal tool for releasing people from prison, primarily used for those who are elderly, survived and punished, long-timers and sick and/or living with a terminal illness.
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!
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 and submit testimony here until July 20th to give restaurant, retail, and hospitality workers more control over their schedules and lives.
The numbers of people in our immigration jails around the country and here in New England is rising rapidly under the Biden administration. Support the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Networks’s Bond & Legal Defense Fund to raise more money to pay immigration bonds and get people out of jail so they can fight their cases from the outside and be with their communities.
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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Sun, 8/8, 12:30-2:30pm on Zoom
Friend of and former SURJB member, Dr. Bret McEvoy, will present his dissertation White Reckonings: The possibilities for transformative justice contributions from anti-racist white activists in the United States and lead us into a conversation around how these learnings can help us better situate our work as white anti-racist activists. This event will also be a low key fundraiser for SURJB's parent organization, Community Change, Inc.
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 workshops 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.