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⭐️🎉💵 SUPPORT SIM’S VICTORIES

On October 20, 2021 Student Immigrant Movement helped to pass the Community Control Over Police Surveillance Ordinance. Be part of their next win by donating to SIM and between now and November 25th the Lenny Zakim Fund will match donations up to $5,000.

⭐️✉️☎️ TESTIFY TO SUPPORT CAMBRIDGE HEART PROGRAM!

HEART, a community-led, non-police, safety program in Cambridge, was unanimously approved by the city council, but it’s essential that Cambridge residents and workers demonstrate their support! This google form shows your options to testify on or before a key November 17 meeting.

⭐️💵 URGENT FUNDS NEEDED FOR THE BEYOND BOND & LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

The Fund helps to free people pay bond to release people from immigration jail and fight their cases, but no longer has sufficient funds to meet current needs for bonds and legal assistance. Donate here to their goal of raising $100,000 in the next three weeks.

🔥 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!

Get Involved

Prison Abolition

⭐️🍎 Want a campaign update for the prison and jail moratorium?

There’s now a weekly town hall on Mondays at 6pm for all allies to hear about events and actions in the fight to stop the new women’s prison and the building of new jails or prisons. Register online!

⭐️💵 Support Ms. Angie’s daughter Shanita!

Please consider helping Shanita Jefferson find permanent, safe housing!

🍎 🔥 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 right to housing. Then take action.

Indigenous Solidarity

💵 🎉 #LANDBACK: SUPPORT THE BLACK SWAMP REMATRIATION PROJECT

The farmland purchase goal was met! Donations are still needed to help 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 Thurs. Nov. 18 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.

☎️✉️ 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. Join City Life/Vida Urbana’s tweet storm on Tuesday, 11/16, to voice your support for the bill before the end of the informal session at the MA State House and Housing Committee on 11/17!

🎉 VICTORY FOR YES ON 1 FOR A BETTER BUDGET!

Bostonians voted “Yes” and passed ballot question 1 on November 2nd! This is a historic win and is thanks to the combined efforts of the Yes on 1 campaign coalition (including your efforts to spread the word!)

📋 🔥 ✉️ #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.

Public Education

⭐️☎️✉️ Join Families for COVID Safety to demand Boston Public Schools Protect Students and Staff from COVID-19!

🍎 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.

⭐️ Donations have been very low recently. Please help if you can!

Urgent needs:

If you would like to donate funds to our partners as well/instead (*Please email surjbmutualaid@gmail.com to let us know you donated!):

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.

⭐️🔥🍎 On Giving Tuesday 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 30th. 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 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 Wed 11/17 6:00 to 7:30 PM as they compare gang databases and terrorism watchlists and discuss ways to work against racist policing.

Join the Safe Communities Act Town Hall

Join Massachusetts Jobs with Justice for a virtual town hall on Thursday 11/18 from 6:00-7:00 PM to hear from immigrant workers, immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and advocates about why the passage of the Safe Communities Act is essential and what you can do to take action.

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SURJ Brunch

Keep an eye out for updates about our fall schedule!

Boston KNAPSACK ANTI-RACISM GROUP

⭐️ Our newly updated group description:

A mainly white (though all are welcome)/cross-class group of folks who hold a vision of shared liberation and are dedicated to building capacity among white people to engage in the struggle for racial justice. We do this through group discussion and learning, building awareness and community, and taking action to disrupt the systems of racism in the U.S. and beyond. We support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations, and hold ourselves accountable to guidance from our Partners of Color.

See our upcoming Zoom discussions/meetings; RSVP if you can attend.

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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