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🔥 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!

⭐️✉️ MOVE THE MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda BILLS OUT OF COMMITTEE BEFORE THE DEADLINE!

Send an email to committee members today to move the MILA’s 5 bills out of committee to a vote!

📣🔥 SAVE THE DATE: HEARING & RALLY FOR RENT CONTROL

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.

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.

Immigration Justice

💵 Support MA Jobs with Justice

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.

Prison Abolition

⭐️🍎 5 YEARS AND $50 MILLION: WHY A PRISON AND JAIL CONSTRUCTION MORATORIUM MAKES SENSE FOR MASSACHUSETTS

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.

🍎 WANT A CAMPAIGN UPDATE FOR THE PRISON AND JAIL MORATORIUM?

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.

⭐️💵 SUPPORT ACTIVIST WAYLAND X. COLEMAN GET SAFE FOOD WHILE IN PRISON!

Mutual Aid

🔥 💵 Help us redistribute resources to our neighbors!

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!

Urgent needs:

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!)

Confronting White Supremacists

🍎 SURJ National Webinar: “Organizing White People to Stop Another January 6th”

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.

⭐️📣🍎 One Year After the January 6 Insurrection

Take some time this week to read and share one of these resources and re-commit to combating organized white supremacists.

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.

🍎 READ CITY LIFE/VIDA URBANA’S YEAR-END RECAP

Learn more about the impact of CLVU’s “Homes! For the Holidays” action series and get updates on state-wide rental & mortgage relief efforts!

☎️ ✉️ 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. 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!

📋 🔥 ✉️ SUPPORT AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS #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.

Indigenous Solidarity

🔥 Join the MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda Virtual Action Hour and Teach-In

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.

🔥 ADVOCATE FOR THE MA INDIGENOUS LEGISLATIVE AGENDa (MILA)

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.

✉️ 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.

⭐️🍎 JOIN KNAPSACKERS GATHERING TO ENGAGE WITH THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION OF CANADA REPORT

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.

💵 📋 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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