Every Wednesday 12-1 PM, as well as every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5 PM, SURJ Boston members will guide you through actions curated from our BIPOC-led partners' priorities for that week! We also offer training in how to host action hours for your own community from 1-1:30 PM on the last Wednesday of the month. Action hours are open to all! Bring friends! :) Register here!
Join us in supporting the Yes on 1 for a Better Budget campaign this Tuesday, September 14th by standing out at the polls to get the word out about #YesOn1. Sign up here for AM or PM shifts (we’ll pass your info along to the campaign), upcoming canvassing dates with SURJ Boston, phone-banking, and more!
Building Up People Not Prisons has been walking across Massachusetts to raise awareness for the need to stop prison construction since September 7. Join us tomorrow for the final events: a walk & car caravan from Suffolk County House of Corrections to the State House, followed by a petition delivery and press conference. We’re especially looking for people to join the 11:30 am rally at the State House! Register online at bit.ly/RSVPnonewprisons.
A member of SURJ Boston is connected to folks on the ground in New Orleans through Rethink, a youth-led organization. Rethink has already supported over 200 people with housing, transportation, and vital supplies – and there are so many more looking for support and to join their organizing work.. Please donate so they can continue to show up for their community.
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!
On Sept. 13 at 11 AM, the MA Joint Education Committee is holding a hearing on H.651/S.382 - An Act relative to celebrating and teaching Native American culture and history. It's past time for Massachusetts public schools to educate students about Native American cultures, histories and current issues. Click here to write a letter to your legislators and the Joint Committee to pass this bill! You can listen in to the hearing or sign up to testify at this link.
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.
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.
Housing Justice is Racial Justice. Join us in solidarity with neighbors fighting displacement and evictions.
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.
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.
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.
Open white supremacists are building power in New England. Visit this website to learn and share knowledge to disrupt their organizing!
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, 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.
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.
If you would like to donate funds to our partners as well/instead, please click here:
September 23rd, 5:30 PM
Join the Boston Immigrant Accompaniment Network, Never Again Action Boston and AMOR RI at Plymouth County in support of those detained in the final ICE detention center in Massachusetts. As people from all over the country are being transferred to Plymouth and COVID-19 cases are rising sign up here and demand #ReleasesNotTransfers.
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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September brunch cancelled. Keep an eye out for updates about our fall schedule.
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.