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💵 Tonight: The 2nd Annual "Laughing for Liberation": A Comedy Fundraiser for CCI

Today, Sunday, October 31, 6:00-9:00 PM
Join SURJ Boston and 2mb studios this Halloween evening 👻 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! Captions for the show will be here.

⭐️ 🔥 Boston: Take Yes on 1 and Yes on 3 Across the Finish Line This Tuesday!

SURJ Boston is supporting both the Yes on 1 for a Better Budget and the Yes on 3 to Elect the Boston School Committee (BSC) (learn more about question 3 from this article) campaigns! If you're voting in Boston this Tuesday, make sure you vote YES on questions 1 and 3 to democratize Boston's budget and school committee! You can also volunteer to stand out at polling locations by clicking here (Yes on 1) and here (Yes on 3).

🔥 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!

We have raised more than half of our $8500 goal! 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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Prison Abolition

⭐️ 🍎 📣 Learn about medical neglect in prison

Deeper Than Water launched a campaign against negligent for-profit provider Wellpath. Read and retweet to spread the word!

⭐️ 🔥 SUPPORT BELOVED INCARCERATED COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Check the week of action doc for an ask from Families for Justice as Healing's participatory defense work to support beloved incarcerated community member Jordan Rice.

💵 🍎 LEARN MORE ABOUT POLICING OF UNHOUSED PEOPLE AT MASS & CASS -- AND DONATE

We anticipate increased policing of unhoused people living at the intersection of Mass Ave and Melnea Cass Blvd (known as Mass & Cass). The new ban on tents and additional proposals criminalize poverty and dehumanize our neighbors. Learn more from helpful tweet threads (here and here) by people directly involved, and donate to the Material Aid and Advocacy Program wish list.

Indigenous Solidarity

💵 #LANDBACK: SUPPORT THE BLACK SWAMP REMATRIATION PROJECT

TWO DAYS LEFT TO MEET GOAL: 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.

NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING 2021

🔥 Ongoing support needed to advocate for the MA Legislative Agenda (MILA) 5 bills, please assist us by completing our form and and learn about upcoming options for meeting with us to support your activism with your legislators.

⭐️ MILA Advocacy Day is Wed. Nov. 17 with hosts UU Mass Action.

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

Confronting White Supremacists

🔥 Mask Up Against Hate

Sunday, November 7, 11:30AM
Super Happy Fun America (formerly “Resist Marxism”) are trying to make a comeback with a “Rise Against Tyranny” rally planned for November 7th at Boston Common. They’re trying to oppose: vaccinations, Critical Race Theory, trans rights, various other right-wing causes of the day. Join Solidarity Against Hate Boston to show that Boston is no place for hate, we see through SHFA’s lies, and we will come out against fascism and racism regardless of threats from the right.

📣 🍎 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!

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!

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 please email us to get the address for a drop-off site of your choice: Belmont, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, Medford, Somerville, and West Roxbury.

Urgent needs:

If you would like to donate funds to our partners as well/instead:

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?

MJL is 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 3-5pm, November 12th. Register here to join in-person or virtually.

Learn more and take action through this online Unmasking Fidelity Toolkit.

⭐️ 🍎 Join Are You On the List(s)? Abolishing Gang Databases & Terrorism Watchlists

From gang databases to terrorism watchlists, the state labels Black, Brown, and Muslim communities as threats. The "War on Terror'' and the "War on Gangs" both use tactics of surveillance and policing to harass, criminalize, and incarcerate. Register here to join NYC GANGS Coalition, CUNY CLEAR, Muslim Justice League and Just Futures Law on Wednesday, November 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM as they discuss and share strategies that we can learn from organizers working against both forms of racist policing.

🍎 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

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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