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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.

⭐️✊🍎 #STOPLINE3 WITH SURJ NATIONAL: WEBINAR AND ACTION HOUR TUESDAY, SEPT. 2:

⭐️☎️ CALL TO EVACUATE LOUISIANA JAIL

Hurricane Ida is headed to Louisiana: Call the Lafourche Sheriff to make sure people are safe and they have the supplies they need!

Get Involved

Moratorium Rallies with Building Up People Not Prisons

✊ MORATORIUM RALLIES ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS 9/7-9/13

Building Up People Not Prisons will be walking across Massachusetts to raise awareness for the urgent need to stop prison construction from September 7th to 13th! There will be rallies and events along the way in Springfield, Worcester, Framingham, Wellesley, and Boston, plus some optional sections of walking. Register online and choose the events you want to attend!

Public Education

📋 Get involved with the campaign to have an elected School Committee for Boston!

✊ Get involved in your child’s school site council (Boston Public Schools)

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!

🍎 STAY INFORMED: WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP NSC AT NASHUA SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Housing Justice

Housing Justice is Racial Justice. Join us in solidarity with neighbors fighting displacement and evictions.

⭐️📋✊ #DRAINTURTLESWAMP #DROPITMONTY

We need your support for 100% 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. Save the date: Saturday, 9/18 @11am for a Rally to support Senior Housing at 3377 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain.

⭐️✊rally to prevent displacement at 168 Grove St in East Boston:

When: Tuesday, August 31st, from 12pm-1pm

Immigrant families need support in fighting off a developer's plans to convert their homes into luxury housing. Tuesday marks the 3rd attempt for a vote. Luxury projects drive up rent and real estate taxes and displace tenants and homeowners struggling to recover financially and emotionally from the COVID19 pandemic. Join us to support these multi-generational, Central American families. Learn more about this struggle on Instagram and Facebook.

Before Tuesday: Send a comment to the Zoning Board of Appeals asking them reject this luxury housing proposal. Send your comment here: www.clvu.org/168_gove_petition

⭐️✊last week the supreme court struck down the federal eviction moratorium:

The US Supreme Court struck down the federal eviction moratorium yesterday. This means that thousands of families across Massachusetts could be evicted soon, unless Massachusetts lawmakers pass the Covid Housing Equity Bill! Speak out now for state-level eviction protections - record a short video statement!

⭐️☎️✉️ 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! 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.”

☎️✉️ 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

✉️ 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!

✊ MORATORIUM RALLIES ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS 9/7-9/13

Building Up People Not Prisons will be walking across Massachusetts to raise awareness for the urgent need to stop prison construction from September 7th to 13th! There will be rallies and community events along the way in Springfield, Worcester, Framingham, Wellesley, and Boston, plus some optional sections of walking. Register online and choose the events you want to attend!

⭐️☎️CALL TO EVACUATE LOUISIANA JAIL

Hurricane Ida is headed to Louisiana: Call the Lafourche Sheriff to make sure people are safe and they have the supplies they need!

Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️✉️ SUPPORT INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY NEWTON:

Write or call the Boston Athletic Association and demand they include a land acknowledgement as part of the Boston Marathon event. More info here.

⭐️✊🍎 #StopLine3 with SURJ National: Webinar and Action Hour Tuesday, Sept. 2:

⭐️📋 CHANGE THE NAME OF MYLES STANDISH HALL:

The Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag has proposed a new name for Boston University's Myles Standish Hall: Wituwamat Memorial Hall, named in honor of the victims of Standish’s Massacre of Wessagusset. Sign the petition today.

⭐️✉️ TELL THE MA WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE: VOTE TO MOVE S.2493 OUT OF COMMITTEE, WITH THE LANGUAGE INTACT, TO THE SENATE FLOOR FOR A VOTE:

The Joint Committee on Education voted the mascot bill favorably out of its committee to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. This is a step forward in eliminating Native American mascots in Massachusetts. We call on the Massachusetts State legislators to move S.2493 out of Committee, with the language intact, to the Senate floor for a vote.

✉️📋 SAVE CRANE LEDGE WOODS

Take these local actions below for environmental and racial justice:

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 as we enter another phase of the pandemic. We had pick-ups from our Medford and Belmont 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: 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 MCDW'S FIRST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

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. It will go towards the Leadership Development Program to provide transformative training for their leaders and to provide ten Visa T grants for their workers.

⭐️💵muslim justice league

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.

✊ Join Student Immigrant Movement’s Youth Gallery Night

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.

⭐️💵SUPPORT THE MASS UNDOCUFUND

MassUndocuFund is a fund to support undocumented immigrants during the COVID-19 crisis. Support our community members who did not receive stimulus checks or other forms of relief during this crisis! You can learn more here about the fund’s impact over this last year.

⭐️☎️SUPPORT THE FAIR WORK WEEK BILL

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issues working families have been facing for decades—unpredictable work schedules, fluctuating paychecks, and underemployment. Call on your legislators to support the Fair Work Week Bill to give restaurant, retail, and hospitality workers more control over their schedules and lives.

⭐️💵Support the Beyond Bond & Legal Defense Fund

The numbers of people in our immigration jails around the country and here in New England is rising rapidly under the Biden administration. Support BIJAN's Legal Defense Fund to raise 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.

⭐️📋cancel the trump ice contracts

The Biden administration promised to cancel all of Trump's ICE contracts. But so far they've only canceled one, leaving 115 in place ICE to terrorize immigrant communities. Sign the letter urging DHS Secretary mayorkas to keep the promise to cancel all of Trump’s ICE contracts.

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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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