This week and last, tenant associations from Chelsea, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain and Dorchester are each hosting an action to highlight the damage done by displacement and the power long term tenant organizing can have to disrupt the cycle. Join a march Thursday and celebration Sunday.
Register here for the next one on Monday, Dec 6 from 5:30-7:30 PM via Zoom.
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!
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):
If you would like to donate funds to our partners as well/instead (We’d appreciate an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you donated!):
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Over 1000 people turned out for National Day of Mourning 2021 and 20,000+ tuned in for the livestream. See this link for the live streamed events and other recorded content! Thanks to your support, UAINE has raised over $50,000! Continue to give here in support of their organizing.
Ongoing support needed to advocate for 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. Join Knapsackers gathering to check in and get support for this effort on Wed. 12/22, 6-7pm.
Contact us with any questions for our group. See our document for more info and further ways to take action.
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.
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.
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!
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.
ICE detention facilities in the Boston area and across the country are being filled again with people who came seeking only to live in dignity, health and safety, but have instead been separated from their families at the border. The Beyond Bond & Legal Defense Fund which helps people to fight and pays the bond to release people from incarceration no longer has sufficient funds to meet current needs for bonds and legal assistance. Donate here towards their goal of raising $35,000 as quickly as possible. Donations will free people from immigration jail so they can fight their cases from the outside and be with their communities.
Join Cosecha Massachusetts in calling state representatives to legalize driver’s licenses for all in the immigrant community. There will be a rally Saturday, December 11th at 2pm, at the Boston Common (near Charles St.) Learn about the campaign, and RSVP/ learn more about the rally.
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.
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.
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.
Engage with us as we discuss: Whiteness Hurts (study group), books, and more.
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.
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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.