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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!

⭐️ 🔥 BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 21: SUBMIT WRITTEN & VIDEO TESTIMONY FOR RENT CONTROL

Use this form to submit written testimony to the MA Housing Committee by Fri, January 21. Use the same link to record a video, view coverage of the hearing on January 11, and read up on rent control.

⭐️ 🔥 COURT STATUS HEARING, JOIN TO SUPPORT AN INCARCERATED COMRADE FOR RELEASE FROM MCI-FRAMINGHAM

Tuesday, January 18, 2:00PM
Join this court status hearing via zoom to show support for an elder inside. The ask is to stay on mute and off camera but to show that many people want Ms. Angie free. Zoom link 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 by clicking here.

For more information, see this background piece about Families for COVID Safety.

Sign up for their listserv by clicking here.

Immigration Justice

⭐️ 💵 Support the Mass Undocufund

MassUndocuFund is a fund that works to provide direct financial support to undocumented immigrants during the COVID-19 crisis. As families continue to be impacted by the Omicron wave, support our community members who have limited access to relief during this crisis!

Prison Abolition

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

Thursday, January 20, 7:00PM
Moratorium bill Zoom forum! RSVP here.

🔥 Get involved – fight to pause prison construction!

Take action in support of the moratorium bill! Canvass, phone bank, or text bank! Dates and more info via google form!

🍎 Reflecting on Mental Health and the Carceral System

Wednesday, January 19, 7:00PM
DefundNPD in Newton Zoom event. 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: weekly town hall on Mondays at 6pm, learn about events and actions to stop the new women’s prison and other new jails or prisons.

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: UNITED VISION PROJECT

Kickoff Call: Wednesday, January 26, 8:00PM
The United Vision project will organize SURJ members across the country to do text outreach to white people vulnerable to right-wing recruitment.

📣 🍎 BOSTON COPS ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE JANUARY 6TH 2021 ATTACK

Take some time this week to educate yourself and others 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.

⭐️ 🎉 🍎 VICTORY FOR 6 HUMPHREY’S PLACE!

After 4 years of organizing, the residents of 6 Humphrey’s Place in Dorchester won a huge victory: their building was bought by the Boston Neighborhood Community Land Trust, ensuring permanent affordability and community control. Read City Life/Vida Urbana’s year end recap to learn about other updates.

☎️ ✉️ 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

⭐️ 🍎 🔥 WATCH: RECORDING OF MA INDIGENOUS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA (MILA) VIRTUAL ACTION HOUR AND TEACH-IN

Watch this powerful video of Indigenous testimony about the need to support Indigenous-centered bills in Massachusetts.

🔥 THEN TAKE ACTION STEPS FOR MILA:

✉️ 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.

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

⭐️ Welcome back to SURJ brunches: Revolutionary Love and Our Fragile Multiracial Democracy

Sunday, February 13, 12:30-2:30PM
Join us for a discussion of what it took to get voting rights for all, at least on paper, and where that struggle is now. We will glance at the national scene but dig in on efforts to increase voter participation in Massachusetts.

Zoom link coming in the next newsletter. Save Sunday, 2/13, 12:30-2:30pm. Contact amelie.ratliff@gmail.com with questions or for information.

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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