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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.

⭐️ 🍎 Yes on 1 Boston: Build a Better Budget

Watch Andres Del Castillo, co-chair of the campaign, speak with BNN News about how voting yes on 1 will make Boston's budget process more just, democratic, and accountable to the city's residents. Stay tuned for ways to support the campaign through SURJ Boston!

✊ 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!

⭐️ 💵 Solidarity with New Orleans Hurricane Relief

A member of SURJ Boston is connected to folks on the ground in New Orleans through Rethink, a youth-led organization in New Orleans. Rethink has already supported over 200 people with housing, transportation, and vital supplies – and there are so many more looking for support and looking to join their organizing work.. Please donate so they can continue to show up for and with their community.

Get Involved

Prison Abolition

⭐️ ✉️ WRITE IN SUPPORT OF A #DEEPERTHANWATER FRIEND SEEKING PAROLE

Sean “Truth” Evelyn, an incarcerated friend and organizer with the #DeeperThanWater coalition, needs letters of support for his upcoming parole hearing. These letters from the community are important for letting the parole board know that Truth has support outside the walls. Write and mail your letter today!

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. 1. More info. 2. Petition here. 3. GoFundMe page for financial needs.

✉️ 📋 SAVE CRANE LEDGE WOODS

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 our short form and get involved! Help us spread the word across the state.

⭐️ 📋 Protect Water Protectors: Tell Your Senators to Vote No on HR 1374

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.

Housing Justice

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

⭐️ ✊ STAND FOR SENIOR HOUSING: RALLY ON SEPTEMBER 18th

Join us in rallying on Saturday, 9/18, to defend affordable housing for working-class seniors and El Embajador Restaurant! The rally starts at 11am at 3377 Washington St, Jamaica Plain. Find more details on the event’s Facebook page.

📋 ✊ #DRAINTURTLESWAMP #DROPITMONTY

If you can’t make it to the Stand for Senior Housing Rally on 9/18, there are still many ways to show your support. Take action here with CLVU! → 1. Sign the petition 2. Sign up to flyer 3. Write a letter.

☎️ ✉️ 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!

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!

⭐️ ✊ RALLY AGAINST FAR-RIGHT HATE GROUP AMERICA BACKS THE BLUE

Wednesday, September 15, 5PM
Holy Name Rotary in West Roxbury
Join the SURJB contingent by signing up here

“Back the Blue” claims to be an “apolitical” stance despite developing in opposition to Black Lives Matter. At America Backs the Blue rallies in different towns, attendees have attempted to strike opposing demonstrators with flagpoles and shouted racist comments at passing Black drivers. Demonstrate that hate is not welcome in West Roxbury and Massachusetts.

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)

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 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 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.

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SURJ Brunch

September brunch cancelled. Keep an eye out for updates about our fall schedule.

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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