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⭐️ 🔥 November Abolition Action Hour

Tuesday, November 30, 6 PM

This month's collaborative abolition action hour is hosted by Resource Generation! Learn and take action in support of Families for Justice as Healing, including their work to pass a prison moratorium in Massachusetts, and Cambridge HEART, an alternative emergency response system that local activists are building to reduce reliance on the police and address the root causes of harm, violence, and injustice. Register here.

💵 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 $35,000 in the next week.

🔥 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

Public Education

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

Send emails using this template to the School Committee, Superintendent Casselius, BPS Officials, and the Mayor. Make phone calls to:

Need guidance on what to say? See the phone script.

Let the Families for COVID Safety campaign know that you took action at bit.ly/CallReportFamCOSA. For more information, see this background piece about Families for COVID Safety. Sign up for their listserv at bit.ly/CallReportFamCOSA.

🍎 Attend the Boston Education Justice Alliance’s (BEJA's) town hall series on the Boston Public Schools budget!

Register here for the next one on Monday, Dec 6 from 5:30-7:30 PM via Zoom.

⭐️ Boston Teacher's Union Community Contract Forum

December 7, 6-7:30 PM

Calling all students, families, and community members. Join us to fight for the schools our students deserve! Register at btu.org/engage.

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 as of late. Please help us pick it up if you can!

Urgent needs: The Cape Verdean Association of Boston (CVAB) is supporting their community through providing holiday meals. Please lend support by donating to their PayPal (and let us know you did by sending us an email to surjbmutualaid@gmail.com). Our goal is to raise $500 to help support the campaign! UPDATE: We have raised $350/500 so far - thank you!!!

If you would like to donate funds to our partners as well/instead (We’d appreciate an email at surjbmutualaid@gmail.com to let us know you donated!):

Prison Abolition

💵 Holiday love for incarcerated community members: Donate to Black & Pink’s drive

B&P is launching an ambitious drive to deposit $50 in all their 150 incarcerated members’ accounts for the holidays. Help spread the holiday love by donating. And/or, spread the love by sending holiday cards.

💵 And/or: volunteer to deposit holiday gifts in Black & Pink members’ accounts

B&P needs volunteers to make the above money deposits: The online system restricts the number of deposits one individual can make. Sign up here; B&P will follow up with instructions and reimburse you.

🍎 Skill-building alert! SURJ National training: Ending cash bail

Join this training on Wednesday, December 8, 8-9:30 PM, to build skills and learn lessons on ending cash bail and pre-trial decarceration from campaign leads in Los Angeles.

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

There’s now a weekly town hall on Mondays at 6 PM 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!

Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️ 🍎 Rethinking Thanksgiving: Webinar Recording

Last week SURJ National co-hosted a webinar featuring Indigenous leaders as “an invitation to interrogate so-called thanksgiving, and move beyond the myths of USA history with Indigenous People on Turtle Island.” Check out the recording here!

🍎 💵 NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING 2021: THANK YOU for attending, watching, and/or donating!

Over 1000 people turned out for National Day of Mourning 2021 and 20,000+ tuned in for the livestream. See this link for the livestreamed events and other recorded content!

🔥 ADVOCATE FOR THE MA INDIGENOUS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Ongoing support needed to advocate for the MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda (MILA)'s 5 bills. Please assist us by completing our form, simplified and updated 11/17 with clearer asks, including if you want/need our support.

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

Confronting White Supremacists

⭐️ 🍎 WHY DO WE COUNTER-PROTEST OUR LOCAL FASCISTS AND WHITE SUPREMACISTS?

Local far-right group Super Happy Fun America was collaborating with CORR, a group founded by a Fall River dentist, for a rally on November 7. They were outnumbered and out strategized by local anti-fascists who sent a clear message that we will not tolerate their hate filled messages. Through this action, we demonstrated our SURJ Boston values of being pro-active, confrontational, collaborative, strategic and disciplined. Fascists and white supremacists will go nowhere unopposed.

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

Over 24,000 eviction cases and counting have been filed in our state during the pandemic. Let your legislators know how urgently we need protections from evictions and foreclosures in this continuing pandemic and economic crisis!

🎉 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.

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 12-2 PM, November 30th. Register here to join in-person or virtually.

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

🍎 Dig Deeper

⭐️ 🍎 Join SURJ National for a Webinar on Ending Christian Dominance

Thursday, December 2nd, 2 PM

Explore how ending Christian dominance advances our movements for Racial Justice, Indigenous Solidarity, Reproductive Rights and Climate Justice. The webinar will explore how as as activists and organizers, we can work together to overcome the impact of Christianity Dominance in our lives, our movements and social institutions, to become more effective and sustain our work. With featured speakers: Sarah Nahar, Jim Bear Jacobs, Joanna Lawrence Shenk, Paul Kivel. Register here.

Boston KNAPSACK ANTI-RACISM GROUP

⭐️ Engage with us as we discuss: Whiteness Hurts (study group), books, and more.

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.

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💵 📋 Fundraisers and Petitions

Give what you can and share with your networks

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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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