Take Action

✊ 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.

💵 mutual aid

Drop off food and school supplies at porches in Allston, Belmont, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, Medford, Somerville, and West Roxbury to help our partner organizations and neighbors (see Mutual Aid section below for details!)

☎️ ✉️ CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TO PASS THE TENANT OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE ACT

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.

Get Involved

Immigration Justice

☎️ ✉️ 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.

Indigenous Solidarity

✉️ Save Crane Ledge Woods

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 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 and take action below

Support newton's indigenous people's day celebration

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 Winona LaDuke and #StopLine3: Tell Jaime Pinkham to hold a full environmental review for Line 3 today.

🍎 CALLING ATTENTION TO INDIGENOUS BOARDING SCHOOLS AND TRUTH & RECONCILIATION

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.

✉️🍎2021-2022 MA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Other Ways to Take Action

See this document for more info and 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.

⭐️🍎 read: biden administration allowed eviction moratorium to expire

On July 31, the federal eviction moratorium expired, and efforts to pass a new bill failed before Congress went on recess for the summer. We might see “a years’ worth of evictions over several weeks”. Call about a COVID Housing Equity bill now.

☎️ ✉️ CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TO PASS THE TENANT OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE ACT

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.

☎️ CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS: PROTECT YOUR NEIGHBORS FROM EVICTION

Over 16,000 eviction cases have been filed in MA since October and the federal moratorium on evictions ended July 31. Rental aid is too slow to prevent mass evictions. Call your representatives now for an immediate hearing on the COVID 19 Housing Equity Bill!

Mutual Aid

⭐️💵 Help us redistribute resources to our neighbors!

Our partners continue to value and need our donations. Another slow week! Again, only the Medford porch had a pickup. Please donate if you can!

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.

Urgent needs:

If you would like to donate funds to our partners as well/instead, please click here:

Prison Abolition

✉️ SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISON CONSTRUCTION MORATORIUM!

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!

⭐️💵FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED WOMEN, HELP MAKE A HOUSE A HOME

New Beginnings, which provides re-entry services for women returning from the prison system, is opening a new home for women. Check out their registry and help furnish the new home!

✊ SAVE THE DATE: MARCH FOR A MORATORIUM

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!

Public Education

⭐️ celebrate going back to school & access free school supplies!

🍎 Update: Learn about the New Members of the Boston School Committee!

Confronting White Supremacists

📣 🍎 CONFRONTING WHITE SUPREMACY IN NEW ENGLAND WEBSITE

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

✉️ ☎️ DEMAND DISTRICT ATTORNEY DANIELLE DOHERTY DROP CHARGES AGAINST ERNST JEAN JACQUES “SHIMMY”, A BLACK ACTIVIST

⭐️🍎STAY INFORMED ABOUT ALT-RIGHT ACTIVITY

Proud Boys are attending school board meetings in New Hampshire.

🍎 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.

⭐️ AUGUST SURJ BRUNCH: WHITE RECKONINGS WITH BRET - FRAMING OUR WORK

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.

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.

💵 Fundraisers

Give what you can and share with your networks

📣 📋 Petitions and Organizational Sign-ons

Sign and Share:

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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