July 25, 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.
Take this time-sensitive action before Wednesday 7/28! Governor Baker's new Parole Board nominee, Sherquita HoSong, has a history of working in carceral institutions and is unqualified to promote racial justice in the parole board role. This position is essential for ensuring incarcerated people can return to our communities and we must turn out in opposition to her nomination.
July 31, 2021, 1–4 PM; Wareham
Please let us know if you can go so we can have supportive SURJB representation there.
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.
A multi-national company intends to clear cut 14 acres of urban wild forest surrounded by Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Mattapan, and construct 9 buildings with 270 rental units and 415 parking spaces. This would eliminate Boston’s best opportunity for inland climate resistance and would destroy a crucial wildlife habitat and local ecosystem. Learn more at SaveCraneLedgeWoods.org
⭐️ Your support is needed at a public hearing to permit Newton’s Indigenous Day Celebration, Aug. 2nd on Zoom at 7 pm. Please let us know if you can attend.
⭐️ From #StopLine3, Winona LaDuke: Tell Jaime Pinkham to hold a full environmental review for Line 3 today.
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.
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!
Our partners continue to value and need our donations. This week, we received donations from our Medford porch - this was the only pick up this week, let’s aim for more!
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.
On Tuesday 7/20 in an amazing show of support for the prison and jail construction moratorium - bill S.2030 - testifiers spoke to the State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Committee for over 3 hours exclusively in support of the moratorium. More info in the news coverage of the hearing and this op-ed by SURJ member Paul Fallon. Please amp up the message by submitting written testimony before August 6!
Sign up to testify on Friday July 30 to the Special Commission on Facial Recognition in opposition to using this racist practice that often leads to unjust criminalization of our community.
September 7 - 13
Get your sneakers on now… and sign up for a 90 mile march to raise awareness across Massachusetts for the jail and prison construction moratorium. Register online and take a look at the route!
Open white supremacists are building power in New England. Share knowledge to disrupt their organizing!
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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 Reckoning s: The possibilities for transformative justice contributions from anti-racist whi te 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.