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⭐️ ✊🍎📣☎️ 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!

✊ 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!

⭐️👻😄💵 The 2nd Annual "Laughing for Liberation": A Comedy Fundraiser for CCI, 10/31, 6:00-9:00 PM

Join SURJ Boston and 2mb studios this Halloween, 10/31, from 6:00-900 PM for Laughing for Liberation: A Comedy Fundraiser for Community Change Inc. for a night of laughter and fundraising for racial justice! The show will be on 2mb studios twitch channel with performances by some of Boston’s best comedians and performers!

💵 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.

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Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️ Take Action for Indigenous Peoples Day:

✉️ ACTION ALERT: MA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY HEARING!

Sept. 28 at 10:30AM. The Joint Committee on State Administration is holding a hearing on H.3191/S.2027 An Act establishing an Indigenous Peoples Day. Write a letter to legislators to urge them to pass this bill out of committee, and tune in or sign up to testify on 9/28.

BOSTON MARCHES FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY

Sat. Oct. 9, 11:30am - 1:45pm, Park St. Station, Boston Common. Rally and March for Indigenous Peoples Day in Boston! Hosted by IndigenousPeoplesDayMA, UAINE (United American Indians of New England), NAICOB (North American Indian Center of Boston), & Cultural Survival

📋🍎💵 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.

⭐️ other actions:

ORANGE SHIRT DAY FOR RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS

Thurs., Sept. 30 4:00-5:30PM @ the JFK Federal Building, Govt. Center, Boston. NAICOB and UAINE are hosting an orange shirt day for residential school survivors. They ask that all attendees wear orange.

Contact SURJBIndigenousSolidarity@googlegroups.com with any questions for our group. See our document for more info and further ways to take action.

Prison Abolition

⭐️☎️ CALL TO SUPPORT MS. ANGIE JEFFERSON'S MOTION FOR A NEW TRIAL

Demand the Suffolk County DA drop their opposition to the motion by Ms. Angie, a mother and grandmother who has served over 30 years. Details at the Week of Action.

⭐️✊ SIGN UP TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY FOR UPCOMING HEARING FOR BILL TO KEEP FAMILIES CONNECTED

The “No Cost Calls” bill, helping incarcerated folks stay connected with their families, will likely get a hearing in early October. Sign up to submit testimony here.

⭐️✊ REGISTER FOR SEPTEMBER’S ABOLITION ACTION HOUR: Wednesday, September 29, 6pm

Whether you want to get involved but aren’t sure how or you are a seasoned pro, our monthly action hours are a great way to come together in our community and act for change. Register here.

⭐️💵 BUY A SHIRT or DONATE TO SUPPORT JUSTICE 4 HOUSING’S RE-ENTRY PROGRAM

Justice 4 Housing’s new program will provide permanent affordable housing vouchers, along with wrap-around reentry services, to 10 formerly incarcerated people. To support their administrative costs, buy a t-shirt (before Oct. 10) or donate via the J4H website or their GoFundMe. (Learn more at the GoFundMe page as well.)

⭐️✊ SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER WITH THE YES ON 1 FOR A BETTER BUDGET CAMPAIGN

The SURJB Prison Abolition action partnership is supporting this campaign because democratizing Boston’s budgeting process is an essential part of creating a safe and just city. Learn more about the campaign and to sign up to get involved here.

⭐️💵 DONATE TO SUPPORT LIZETTE’S RETURN HOME

Lizette returned home three months ago and was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. You can help support her through this difficult time here.

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.

🍎 HOUSING JUSTICE IS THE CURE: NEW REPORT ON COVID-19 EVICTIONS

Evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted Boston’s communities of color: 70 percent of filings took place in neighborhoods with majority BIPOC renters. Learn more by watching this webinar recording or reading the full report just released by City Life/Vida Urbana!

📋✊✉️ #DRAINTURTLESWAMP #DROPITMONTY

Take action here to defend affordable housing for working-class seniors and El Embajador Restaurant! 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.

Public Education

⭐️✊ Attend the Boston Education Justice Alliance’s town hall series on the Boston Public Schools budget!

⭐️📋✊💵🍎 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 very much value and need our donations as the pandemic continues!

We have porches set up as donation drop-off sites; we cannot publish porch addresses here for security reasons. 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:

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.

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!

"Call of Service" Lecture & Award with Mia Mingus

⭐️🍎 “CALL OF SERVICE” LECTURE AND AWARD WITH MIA MINGUS - OCTOBER 15TH AT 6:30-8:00PM.

RSVP at pbha.info/Coles2021 Phillips Brooks House Association's 15th Annual Robert Coles “Call of Service'' Lecture & Award will honor Mia Mingus. Mingus is a writer, educator, and trainer for transformative and disability justice. She is passionate about building the skills, relationships and structures that can transform violence, harm and abuse within our communities and that do not rely on or replicate the punitive system we currently live in. Mia also helped create the disability justice framework, and has played a key role in connecting disability justice with other movements and communities. This event is free, open to the public, and will have an ASL interpreter and closed captioning.

Anti-Racism Organizing in Maine (AROM) Virtual Gathering

✊ ANTI-RACISM ORGANIZING IN MAINE ✊
(AROM) GATHERING 2021

As a member of the SURJ Boston community, you are invited to the Anti-Racism Organizing in Maine virtual gathering on Saturday October 16, 2021. Although the event is intended for a Maine audience, all are welcome to attend. To register (and for more information) click here.

Please contact event coordinator Jake Fahey with any questions - jake@communitychangeinc.org

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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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