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.
Wednesday Aug 25, 6-830pm at 507 Jamaicaway, JP
Join UAINE and Boston allies in solidarity with the Indigenous-led movement against the construction of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline. We will call on the Biden administration, our so-called "climate president," to end its hypocrisy and use its power to #StopLine3. More info here.
Support affordable housing for working-class seniors and El Embajador Restaurant.
Take action here with CLVU! Three ways to support → 1. Sign the petition 2. Sign up to flyer 3. Write a letter. Want to learn more about this fight? Email Lisa @ firstname.lastname@example.org to join an info session on Thursday 8/26, 7:30-8:30pm.
Support the work of the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers by donating to their 1st Annual Fundraiser! This fundraiser celebrates the legacy of Myriam Hernandez Jennings, their Director of Policy and Organizing, and will go towards the Leadership Development Program to provide transformative training for their leaders and will provide ten Visa T grants for their workers. MCDW promotes change by empowering domestic workers and developing leaders who are able to speak up in their communities and generate positive change for themselves and others.
⭐️✊💵 Yes on Question 1 Rally
LoPresti Park, East Boston
Saturday, August 28th, 12-2 PM
SURJ Boston has signed on to the Yes on 1 for a Better Budget campaign! Voting yes on question 1 this November will create a more participatory, more transparent city budgeting process in Boston. Join us this Saturday to hear about this community effort to amend the Boston city charter. RSVP on Facebook and stay tuned for more ways to plug into the campaign thru SURJ!
Donate if you can; the campaign needs to raise funds to make this happen!
Open white supremacists are building power in New England. Visit this website to learn and share knowledge to disrupt their organizing!
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.
Advocacy from the housing justice movement encouraged the state house to hold a hearing for the COVID Housing Equity Bill! View highlights from the hearing and keep calling and emailing legislators to express your support.
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.”
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!
Thursday, August 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 for Abolition Hour here!
Monday, August 23, ANYTIME
Show your support for elder decarceration! Two queer people incarcerated at MCI Shirley have drafted a bill that would make people 55 and over eligible for parole. They’re asking folks on the outside to make a push for Rep. Sabadosa to sponsor (and she’s expressed some real interest!). We need to make sure she knows there’s widespread community support. Scripts, social media templates, and more info on the bill are online. You can share that you’re supporting on facebook!
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!
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.
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!
Take these local actions below for environmental and racial justice:
✉️🍎 2021-2022 MA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
From United American Indians of New England: Take action for the MA Legislative Agenda. Please fill out this short form and get involved! Help us spread the word across the state
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.
Our partners continue to value and need our donations as the delta variant drives COVID-19 cases up! We had pick-ups from our Belmont porch this week - thanks to those who donated but we need 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 (this is a NEW porch location, please email us for it), Medford, Somerville, and West Roxbury.
If you would like to donate funds to our partners as well/instead, please click here:
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.
Reserve your spot for Student Immigrant Movement’s first Creative Expression Gallery Night! Local youth will share art and performances in response to the theme Rebel, Recreate, and Revolutionize. The showcase will be held Saturday, September 4th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at Zumix, 260 Sumner St. in Boston.
Get involved with Muslim Justice League’s campaign to Unmask Fidelity. Register for this virtual meeting to learn about how Fidelity Charitable is funding white supremacist violence, and how you can get involved in MJL’s organizing campaign. The meeting will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, August 24th, from 6:00 - 7:30 ET.
Join Cosecha Massachusetts and Cosecha Worcester’s walk to demand that Worcester legislators and senators support driver’s licenses for all. The walk will begin Friday, August 27th at 4:00 pm, in Crystal University Park in Worcester. More information available here.
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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.