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☎️ ✊ ONE WEEK LEFT TO HELP WITH THE YES ON 1 FOR A BETTER BUDGET CAMPAIGN

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. Click here to learn more and sign up to phonebank and take other actions with us!

✊ 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!

We have raised $4987/$8500 for this year! Thanks for all the support so far. Community Change Inc, SURJ Boston's parent org and sponsor, makes our work possible - and we want to make sure it continues for 50 more years! Make a donation and check out all our events at this link.

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Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️ 💵 #LANDBACK: SUPPORT THE BLACK SWAMP REMATRIATION PROJECT

In collaboration with the Agrarian Trust, members of the Massachusett and Nipmuc tribes are working to purchase and preserve a 64-acre plot of farmland on their traditional lands. Donate by 11/1 to help meet their fundraising goal and rematriate Black Swamp! Use the password AT1234 when prompted.

✊ Action still needed to show support for 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

⭐️ ✊ STANDOUT TO SUPPORT MS. ANGIE!

Monday, October 18, 10am - 12pm

We need to show DA Rollins how much the community supports Ms. Angie! Sign up to join the downtown standout. #FreeHer

⭐️ ✊ TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF NO COST CALLS, PAROLE REFORM, QUEER RIGHTS AND OTHER BILLS!

The Public Safety Committee is hearing important corrections bills on Thursday, October 21st at 10 am! Sign up by the 19th at 5pm to give oral testimony or submit written testimony. Either way, learn more and get help at a testimony prep event on Monday, October 18th at 6:30pm.

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

Thursday, October 28, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Drop into our second of two prison ab education sessions discussing this Ta-Nehisi Coates article. Facilitated by SURJB Prison Ab AP member Paul Fallon. Email surjb-prisonabolition@googlegroups.com for the link.

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:

Immigration Justice

⭐️ 💵 SUPPORT FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE RECENTLY ARRIVED IN THE BOSTON AREA FROM HAITI!

Immigrant Family Services Institute in Mattapan is calling for financial donations and supplies to support 70+ Haitian migrants. See the full list of supplies, drop-off location, and hours here.

⭐️ ✉️ CALL ON LOCAL LEGISLATORS TO PASS THE MA DATA EQUITY BILL

Join the Asian American Resource Workshop and APIs CAN (Asian and Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network) in calling on local legislators to pass the MA Data Equity Bill (H.3115). This would enable the disaggregation of government data regarding AAPI ethnic communities, which is critical for supporting the diverse needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Take action here and send an email to your representative!

⭐️ ✊ JOIN UNMASKING FIDELITY ACTION: TRICK OR TREAT, DISCLOSE OR DECEIVE?

Thursday, October 28th, 4:00-7:00pm

MJLis calling for Fidelity Charitable and Fidelity Investments to disclose their role in enabling white supremacist violence. Join MJL and other local orgs for an action at Fidelity Headquarters in Downtown Boston 4-7pm, October 28th. Register here to join in-person or virtually. 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!

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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

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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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