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⭐️ 🎉 VICTORY FOR YES ON 1 FOR A BETTER BUDGET!

Bostonians voted “Yes” and passed ballot question 1 last Tuesday! This is a historic win for more democracy and accountability in our city budget, and is thanks to the combined efforts of the Yes on 1 campaign coalition (including your efforts to 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!

⭐️ 🎉 CCI Fundraiser: Tank Fueled UP!

CCI’s work on the white problem of racism inspires, supports, and motivates SURJB leaders every day. So, we are THRILLED to announce we EXCEEDED our $8500 goal this year, ringing in at just over $8600. Thank you to everyone who donated, attended the mini makers market, joined OnPoint Improv or Laughing for Liberation.

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Prison Abolition

⭐️ 🍎 Join tomorrow: "Why is Massachusetts building new prisons?"

Webinar: Monday, November 8 at 7 pm
We continue to organize to stop plans for a new women’s prison, in solidarity with Families for Justice As Healing and the Building Up People Not Prisons coalition. Join tomorrow’s webinar, hosted by MA Peace Action, to learn more.

⭐️ 🔥 ...Then join in action to stop new prisons!

Next weekend (November 13 & 14), we’re standing out to engage people in public areas to build support for the prison moratorium. Join the teams in Taunton, Longmeadow, Framingham, New Bedford, or Winchester. Sign up here to receive the details.

⭐️ 🍎 🔥 Stop the sweeps: Act to end criminalization of unhoused people at Mass & Cass

Mayor Janey’s recent executive order has exacerbated an ongoing crisis. Learn more by following these Twitter accounts: @CourtWatchMA @MassBailFund @MAAPMass @SIFMA_NOW @Tori_Bedford. Check out this alternate plan grounded in respect for human dignity and the right to housing. Then take action – perhaps by joining in community at action hour this Wednesday.

🍎 📣 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!

Indigenous Solidarity

💵 🎉 #LANDBACK: SUPPORT THE BLACK SWAMP REMATRIATION PROJECT

Members of the Massachusett and Nipmuc tribes are working to purchase and preserve a 64-acre plot of farmland on their traditional lands. Thanks to donations, the purchase fundraising goal was met! Donations are still needed to help with the rematriation of the land. 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

📣 🍎 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

⭐️ 🎉 Victory! Question three passed and Boston will now have an elected school committee.

Much thanks to all who helped make this happen! This is a huge step toward equity in Boston Public Schools!

🍎 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!

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.

🔥 🍎 JOIN UNMASKING FIDELITY ACTION: THE PEOPLE DISCLOSE

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" are interconnected because they both use similar 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 the similarities and differences between gang databases and terrorism watchlists and share strategies that we can learn from organizers working against both forms of racist policing.

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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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