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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Please consider helping Shanita Jefferson find permanent, safe housing!
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.
The farmland purchase goal was met! Donations are still needed to help rematriation of the land. Use the password AT1234 when prompted.
🔥 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.
Open white supremacists are building power in New England. Visit this website to learn and share knowledge to disrupt their organizing!
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.
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!
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!)
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.
🍎 Attend the Boston Education Justice Alliance’s (BEJA's) town hall series on the Boston Public Schools budget!
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!
If you would like to donate funds to our partners as well/instead (*Please email email@example.com to let us know you donated!):
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.
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.
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 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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Keep an eye out for updates about our fall schedule!
⭐️ 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;
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.
Moving From Talk to Action: Find workshops and sign up on the WPCR website.
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.
Commit to doing just one thing this week.
We can do this.