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⭐️ ☎️ This Tuesday: PHONEBANK FOR YES ON 1 BOSTON: BUILD A BETTER BUDGET

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

The SURJB Prison Abolition and Housing Justice action partnerships are supporting this campaign because voting yes on ballot question 1 will make Boston's budget process more just, democratic, and accountable to the city's residents. Sign up here to phonebank (and more!) with us this Tuesday and to volunteer for future dates.

✊ 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

Sunday, October 31, 6:00-9:00 PM

Join SURJ Boston and 2mb studios this Halloween 👻 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.

Get Involved

Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️ ✊ TOMORROW is Indigenous Peoples Day (IPD)!

Support still needed with the MA Legislative Agenda (5 bills), please assist us by completing our form.

Contact us with any questions for our group. See our document for more info and further ways to take action.

Prison Abolition

⭐️ ☎️ Still needed! 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.

⭐️ 🍎 Join the discussion: “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration”

Thursdays, October 14 & 28, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Drop into one or both of the next two prison ab education sessions to read aloud together and discuss this Ta-Nehisi Coates article. Facilitated by SURJB Prison Ab AP member Paul Fallon. Email surjb-prisonabolition@googlegroups.com for the link.

⭐️ ✉️ Urge your state legislators to attend the briefing: Ending Life Without Parole

Did you know Mass. has the highest percentage of people serving life without parole sentences in the nation? Our legislators can change that, via a bill currently pending. Urge your state reps to join this briefing on Thursday, October 14 at 12 pm. You can register, too!

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.

📋 ✊ ✉️ #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, AND RECORD TESTIMONY FOR THE COVID HOUSING EQUITY BILL

Legislators said they weren’t hearing the urgency from the community to pass this bill, though it is desperately needed. If you or someone you know is affected by the housing crisis, submit video testimony here. Keep calling and emailing your legislators too!

Public Education

✊ Attend the Boston Education Justice Alliance’s (BEJA'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!

While many of us have had our lives return to “normal,” this pandemic is harming our neighbors more than ever. Please lend support where you can!

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:

Disability Justice

⭐️ 🍎 “CALL OF SERVICE” LECTURE AND AWARD WITH MIA MINGUS

Friday, October 15th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

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 in the Suburbs: Relational Organizing Session

Tuesday, October 12, 7:00 PM (on Zoom)

Relational organizing is organizing, mobilizing, and building power through our existent relationships. Join Community Change, Inc. (CCI) to talk about the tenets of relational organizing and spend time reaching out to people in your networks to invite them to take action with us. CCI will provide training, resources, and support to connect, have meaningful conversations, and organize those in your personal networks. Register here.

✊ 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.

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.

Join the Muslim Justice League in Unmasking Fidelity

MJL is calling for Fidelity Charitable and Fidelity Investments to disclose their role in enabling white supremacist violence. Learn more and take action through this online Unmasking Fidelity Toolkit.

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!

🍎 Dig Deeper

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SURJ Brunch

Keep an eye out for updates about our fall schedule!

⭐️ Boston KNAPSACK ANTI-RACISM GROUP

See our upcoming meetings (many discussions every week, all on Zoom): Knapsack’s Meetup page; RSVP if you can attend.

See our two new series: Walking Through Whiteness and Whiteness Hurts: a study group...in addition to great book discussions, and much more!

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.

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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