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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.

⭐️ FROM UAINE & LAKOTA LAW: WE MUST STOP HR 1374, A NEWLY PROPOSED FEDERAL LAW WHICH COULD CRUSH FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS NATIONWIDE.

⭐️☎️ AUGUST ABOLITION HOUR - THURSDAY 8/26, 12-1PM

This month's hour of political education and direct action will be led by Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN) to support the work of Building Up People Not Prisons. Register here!

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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/EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATORS IN SUPPORT OF THE COVID HOUSING EQUITY BILL

Advocacy from the housing justice movement encouraged the state house to hold a hearing for the COVID Housing Equity Bill last Thursday! View highlights from the hearing and keep calling and emailing legislators to express your support.

🍎 READ: RENTAL ASSISTANCE IS INACCESSIBLE TO MANY MA HOUSEHOLDS

A recent report by Homes for All Massachusetts and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute shows that many households face barriers to accessing rental assistance. In June, over 5000 households were either denied or did not have their case evaluated “due to incomplete information or documentation.”

📋 PETITION TO DROP LAWSUIT ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN JP

Turtle Swamp Brewing & landlord Monty Gold are jeopardizing a hard-won 100% affordable housing development for seniors at 3371 Washington Street with a lawsuit. Share this petition with everyone you know in the JP area to get him to drop the lawsuit.

☎️ ✉️ 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. Contact your legislators now!

Prison Abolition

⭐️☎️ AUGUST ABOLITION HOUR - Thursday 8/26, 12-1pm

Whether you’re an action hour pro or new to community activism, we all benefit from a dedicated hour of political education and direct action! The series of collaborative Abolition Hours to support the work of Building Up People Not Prisons continues with an August hour led by Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN). Register here: https://bit.ly/bijanaction826!

⭐️✉️ KEEP FAMILIES CONNECTED: NO-COST CALLS FOR INCARCERATED FOLKS

Help keep up the momentum to #KeepFamiliesConnected with no-cost calls legislation for incarcerated people by adding your name (individuals) or recruiting other organizations to sign on. Then share widely!

⭐️✉️ NO NEW PRISONS

Submit a letter to the editor of your local paper in support of the Massachusetts prison and jail construction moratorium. How? Everything you need here.

⭐️ JUSTICE FOR AYESHA JOHNSON

After three recent deaths at Suffolk County House of Corrections, also known as South Bay, family members and loved ones are calling for answers. You can find actions and updates from Ayesha Johnson's family on Facebook.

💵 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 9/7-9/13

Get your sneakers on…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!

Indigenous Solidarity

✉️ SAVE CRANE LEDGE WOODS

Take these local actions below:

⭐️✊✉️ #StopLine3:

✉️🍎 2021-2022 MA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

⭐️ From UAINE & Lakota Law: We must stop HR 1374, a newly proposed federal law which could crush First Amendment rights nationwide.

Contact SURJBIndigenousSolidarity@googlegroups.com with any questions for our group.

See our document for more info and further ways to take action.

Mutual Aid

💵 Help us redistribute resources to our neighbors!

Our partners continue to value and need our donations. We had pick ups from our Medford porch this week - 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 (this is a NEW porch location, please email us for it), Medford, Somerville, and West Roxbury.

Urgent needs:

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

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.

⭐️ AARW Summer Celebration

The Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) is having a summer celebration with great food, outdoor games, and a grilling competition on Saturday, August 21st from 3:00-6:00 PM at Carson Beach. Get your tickets here!

⭐️💵 Join a Cooking with Cosecha Fundraiser

Learn to cook traditional Salvadoran pupusas (meat or vegetarian) to support Movimiento Cosecha and the local Licenses for All campaign. 5:00pm on Sunday, 8/22 on Zoom. Sliding scale tickets available. Register and purchase tickets here.

⭐️💵 Become a supporting member of the Muslim Justice League!

A monthly donation of $5/ month or more will help subsidize the membership program for those impacted by policing and criminalization.

Public Education

celebrate going back to school & access free school supplies!

Confronting White Supremacists

📣 🍎 CONFRONTING WHITE SUPREMACY IN NEW ENGLAND WEBSITE

Open white supremacists are building power in New England. Visit this website to learn and share knowledge to disrupt their organizing!

🍎 Dig Deeper

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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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