Take Action

⭐️ 🔥 📣 JOIN BOSTON EDUCATION JUSTICE ALLIANCE TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO WERE LOST TO COVID AND DEMAND THAT SAFETY BE A TOP PRIORITY FOR THE STATE!

⭐️ 💵 SEND HOLIDAY GIFTS TO THE MOST INCARCERATED CORRIDOR OF MA!

There are many ways to help Families for Justice as Healing gather toys for their holiday toy drive! You can drop off gifts on weekdays through Thursday December 23 from 10:00 to 4:00 at Families for Justice as Healing 100R Warren St Roxbury, MA 02121. If you prefer to donate money, text “FreeHerHolidayGiftDrive” to 844-412-1599 or donate online. Finally, you can choose gifts from their Target registry here.

🔥 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

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, particularly those of color, 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 surjbmutualaid@gmail.com to let us know you donated!):

Prison Abolition

⭐️ 🔥 TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF SEX WORK DECRIMINALIZATION

Our partners at Black and Pink ask us to show our support by signing up to testify by Monday at 5pm for a hearing Tuesday December 14th 10am - 2pm. If you can’t make the hearing, you can submit written testimony instead! Check out Black and Pink’s toolkit for more information.

💵 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.

🍎 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

⭐️ ✉️ Email President Biden - Release Leonard Peltier!

Leonard Peltier, an Indigenous activist, has been in prison for 44 years (America’s longest serving political prisoner!) on charges and a trial that have been widely disputed. Email the White House to urge President Biden to release Leonard Peltier! See this doc for suggested language. For more information: Additional background info and a clemency request from 11 members of Congress.

🔥 ADVOCATE FOR THE MA INDIGENOUS LEGISLATIVE AGENDa (MILA)

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.

Confronting White Supremacists

⭐️ 📣 🍎 CONFRONTING WHITE SUPREMACY IN NEW ENGLAND WEBSITE

Before the end of 2021, share this resource about local far-right groups on social media and email us at surj@communitychangeinc.org to let us know that you’ve shared it!

⭐️ 🍎 SURJ National Webinar: “Organizing White People to Stop Another Jan 6th”
Thursday, January 13 8:00PM

We know that the majority of actors in the January 6, 2020 insurrection were white and were motivated by a white nationalist and far-right agenda and these groups are continuing to recruit and build in white communities. We are organizing to stop the rise of white supremacist violence and build political power for justice.

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!

📋 🔥 ✉️ #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

💵 URGENT funds needed for the Beyond Bond & Legal Defense Fund

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.

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.

💵 📋 Fundraisers and Petitions

Give what you can and share with your networks

Sign your name in support

🍎 Dig Deeper

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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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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