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✊ ACTION HOURS

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!

💵 SUPPORT CCI: GIVE TO HONOR THE PAST AND FUEL THE FUTURE!

Community Change Inc, SURJ Boston's parent org and sponsor, makes our work possible. Their 52+ years of experience working on the white problem of racism grounds all that we do. We've raised $2350 of our $8500 goal! Your donation will fuel their programs this coming year.

Save the date: Laughing for Liberation Sun, 10/31, 6-9pm

⭐️☎️ CALL TO SUPPORT MS. ANGIE!

Monday, September 20
Call the Suffolk DA to urge DA Rollins' office to support Ms. Angie, a mother and grandmother who has served over 30 years. Details will be on the Week of Action!

Get Involved

Prison Abolition

⭐️✊ STAND OUT AT SOUTH BAY

Friday, September 24, 6pm at South Bay House of Correction
On Friday, join affected community members outside of South Bay to protest the tragic deaths of the last few weeks. Since July 12, four people have died while under custody of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department at South Bay and the Nashua Street Jail. Sheriff Steven Tompkins needs to know we’re paying attention and we want answers! Look for details from @Milli380.

⭐️✊ PREPARE TESTIMONY FOR NO COST CALLS HEARING!

Sunday, September 26, 4pm
The No Cost Calls bill we’ve been pushing for so long will likely get a hearing in early October (often on Tuesday mornings). Building Up People Not Prisons is organizing community members to give testimony - sign up to give testimony with this google form! Register online for the optional testimony prep session on September 26th at 4pm if you want help writing testimony or other support!

⭐️✊ SEPTEMBER ABOLITION ACTION HOUR!

Wednesday, September 29, 6pm
Join SURJ Boston facilitators for the next in our series of collaborative monthly abolition action hours! Whether you want to get involved but aren’t sure how or you are a seasoned pro, action hours are a great way to come together in our community and work for change. We will take action together to increase people power and lead to a safer city for all.

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.

⭐️🍎COVERAGE OF STAND FOR SENIOR HOUSING RALLY

This weekend, we rallied to defend affordable housing for working-class seniors and El Embajador Restaurant. Check out coverage of the rally here!

📋✊ #DRAINTURTLESWAMP #DROPITMONTY

If you couldn’t make it to the Stand for Senior Housing Rally, 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.

⭐️🍎☎️✊📣 YES ON 1 BOSTON: BUILD A BETTER BUDGET

Learn more from campaign leaders about how voting yes on ballot question 1 will make Boston's budget process more just, democratic, and accountable to the city's residents. Join us to phonebank, canvass, and spread the word!

☎️ ✉️ 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.

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!

Thank you to everyone who showed up to West Roxbury on Wednesday to counter-protest!

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)

Immigration Justice

⭐️ ✊Rally in Solidarity of Striking St. Vincent Nurses

Join the Massachusetts Nurses Association’s Worcester Solidarity Day in support of the St. Vincent Hospital nurses’ strike. Nurses are protesting Tenet Healthcare’s illegal labor practices and demanding protection of their safety. Join on Saturday, September 25th at 2 p.m. at the strike line on Summer St., outside St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester. Check out Massachusetts Jobs with Justice’s page for more information.

MARCH & RALLY TO SHUT DOWN PLYMOUTH

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.

Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️✊Show up to support Wampanoag Cultural Celebration Day!

Sept. 25, 12-5pm at Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA 02540
In partnership with members of the Wampanoag Tribal Nations, Wampanoag Cultural Celebration Day will take place on 9/25 in Falmouth. Learn more and register here!

⭐️☎️LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR PRESIDENT BIDEN TO STOP LINE 3!

Click here to see talking points and make the call. After the tone, there is a voice that says “connecting you to President Biden.” Leave your message then, there is no other tone.

⭐️💵 CONTRIBUTE TO STOP LINE 3 BAIL FUNDS!

Help organizers on the ground continue fighting!

⭐️✉️ TELL YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS TO PASS THE NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE AND HISTORY EDUCATION BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE!

On 9/13, the MA Joint Education Committee held a hearing on H.651/S.382 - An Act relative to celebrating and teaching Native American culture and history. Still Needed: Click here to write a letter to your legislators and the Joint Committee to pass this bill!

🍎 📋 💵 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.

✉️ 🍎 2021-2022 MA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

From United American Indians of New England: Take action for the MA Legislative Agenda. ⭐️ Still needed: Please fill out our updated short form and get involved! Help us spread the word across the state.

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 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 (NEW location), Medford, Somerville, and West Roxbury.

Urgent needs:

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

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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

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📣 📋 Petitions and Organizational Sign-ons

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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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