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!
Send an email to committee members today to move the MILA’s 5 bills out of committee to a vote!
Tuesday, January 11
The Massachusetts state legislature’s housing committee will meet virtually Tuesday, Jan 11 and will consider bills to lift the ban on rent control, among other housing proposals. Save the date to join a teach in, an outdoor rally, a social media push, and/or to testify at the hearing.
☎️ ✉️ 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.
Support Massachusetts Jobs with Justice starting the new year strong by donating to their fundraiser, with a goal of $2,022! Funds will go towards sustaining the organization’s work organizing with essential workers, supporting the Fair Share Amendment, and other campaigns impacting local workers and immigrant communities. You can read about the 2021 successes of this Women of Color-led organization in their annual report.
Thursday, January 20, 7:00 PM
Join legislators and activists for a zoom forum about the urgency around the moratorium bill! RSVP at https://bit.ly/nonewwomensprison.
⭐️🔥 Get involved in the fight to pause prison construction!
Ready to take action in support of the moratorium bill? There are opportunities to help at a canvass, phone bank, or text bank. Dates and more info via google form!
⭐️🍎 Reflecting on Mental Health and the Carceral System
Wednesday, January 19, 7:00 PM
We’re invited to join DefundNPD in Newton for a zoom event. Speakers from DefundNPD, Brookline Budget Justice, and Project LETS will talk about the intersections of abolition and mental health.
Register online for the weekly town hall on Mondays at 6pm to learn about events and actions to stop the new women’s prison and other new jails or prisons.
While many of us have had our lives return to “normal,” this pandemic is still negatively impacting 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 extremely low as of late. Please help us pick it up if you can!
If you would like to donate funds to our partners as well/instead: (We’d appreciate an email at email@example.com to let us know you donated!)
Thursday, January 13, 8:00 PM
We know that the majority of actors in the January 6, 2021 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.
Take some time this week to read and share one of these resources and re-commit to combating organized white supremacists.
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.
Learn more about the impact of CLVU’s “Homes! For the Holidays” action series and get updates on state-wide rental & mortgage relief efforts!
Over 24,000 eviction cases and counting have been filed in our state during the pandemic. Read a summary of the bill here, and 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.
Tuesday, January 11, 7:00 PM
Click here to register! The current Agenda includes five bills that will benefit Indigenous Peoples. January is a crucial moment for the bills that have not yet been voted favorably out of committee. Join the MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda Coalition for action to get these bills moving fast. The fact sheet on all 5 is here.
Ongoing support is needed to advocate for MILA's 5 bills! Sign up to work with SURJ Boston's advocacy effort by completing our form.
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.
Wednesday, January 12, 6:00 PM
Contact us with any questions for our group. See our document for more info and further ways to take action.
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.
Sign up to receive communications directly from SURJ Boston groups around political education opportunities and ways to take action.
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.