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🔥 ACTION HOURS

Every Wednesday 12-1 PM, as well as every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7 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!

⭐️ 🔥 January Abolition Action Hour

Sunday, January 30, 2-3pm

This month's abolition action hour will support community-based and immigrant-led organizing efforts to shut down Plymouth County's ICE jail. The detention and deportation regime is one arm of the giant machine that is the prison industrial complex, and closing ICE jails is part of the larger goal of abolition. Register online at bit.ly/abolitionjan2022.

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 soon. Save Sunday, 2/13, 12:30-2:30pm. Contact amelie.ratliff@gmail.com with questions or for information.

Get Involved

Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️ 📋 Save Cape Cod Bay & Other Ocean Sanctuaries

Holtec, Pilgrim’s owner, says it has two options to “dispose of” (1) million gallons of Pilgrim’s radioactive water - dump it directly into Cape Cod Bay or send it out-of-state to an existing radioactive waste site. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says that Holtec can dump whenever it wants to, even in protected ocean sanctuaries such as Cape Cod Bay. Dumping this radioactive water into them is not safe. It would cause incalculable economic damage, and would harm both the environment and public health. Read more and sign this petition with us.

🍎 🔥 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:

Contact us with any questions for our group. See our document for more info and further ways to take action.

Immigration Justice

⭐️ 🔥 Marcha para Conducir! March to Drive: Licenses for All

Join Never Again Action and Cosecha on January 31st at 3:30 PM at the Massachusetts State House to demand that the committee vote and pass An Act Relative to Work and Family Mobility (H.3456 & S.2289) to guarantee licenses for all regardles of immigration status!

Prison Abolition

🔥 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!

🍎 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

⭐️ 📣 🍎 News and Resources

Take some time this week to educate yourself and others and re-commit to combating organized 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.

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.

⭐️ 🍎 VOICE YOUR SUPPORT FOR RENT CONTROL!

Use this link to read up on rent control, view coverage of the Housing Committee hearing on January 11, and record a video talking about why rent control matters to you.

🎉 🍎 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.

💵 📋 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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