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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!

🔥 MARCHA PARA CONDUCIR! MARCH TO DRIVE: LICENSES FOR ALL, 1/31 3:30 PM:

Join Never Again Action and Cosecha THIS MONDAY, 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, regardless of immigration status!

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.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/surjbrunch22 Save Sunday, 2/13, 12:30-2:30pm. Contact amelie.ratliff@gmail.com with questions or for information.

Get Involved

Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️ ☎️ Help stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline once and for all

Call President Biden and ask him to deny a key federal water permit. Make your voice heard! Here’s how.

⭐️🍎 Save a Karankawa Settlement! SUPPORT THE EFFORT TO STOP THE EXPANSION OF ENBRIDGE’S SEAWALL PIPELINE:

Enbridge is building a pier and oil export terminal over the eastern portion of a Karankawa village site in Ingleside, Texas. The pier will destroy Karankawa artifacts and the environmentally rich marshlands. Recent plans of Enbridge is to build a seawall pipeline that will transport tar sands for export. Ways to bring awareness & support this effort: educate yourself, donate in solidarity, call & write letters.

⭐️🔥MA INDIGENOUS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA: Support needed before 2/2!

Contact us with any questions. See our document for further ways to take action.

Public Education

⭐️✉️ ☎️Support Families for COVID Safety

Join Families for COVID Safety calling on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to fix pool testing, allow remote learning, and make our schools safer!

⭐️📋Save Mission hill school!

Join Boston Education Justice Alliance and Boston Teachers Union to Save Mission Hill School! Boston Public Schools will publish an "Emergency School Review" of Mission Hill School very soon, and they need to hear from you. These results will be used by the district to determine the future of MHS.

Interested in getting more involved in taking actions for public education? Fill out our interest survey here: https://forms.gle/ipdp4iETbZUCu6uY6

Prison Abolition

⭐️☎️ No Cost Calls!

Call key decision makers by Feb 2nd for the Keep Families Connected bills supporting free phone calls between incarcerated people and their loved ones.

Senator Timilty (617) 722-1643: Hello- Chair Timilty, my name is [Your Name], I’m calling as a resident of Massachusetts, to urge you to favorably report S1559- No Cost Calls for Incarcerated Families - out of committee.

Rep. Gonzalez (617) 722-2230: Hello- Chair Gonzalez, my name is [Your Name], I’m calling as a resident of Massachusetts, to urge you to favorably report S1559- No Cost Calls for Incarcerated Families - out of committee.

Rep. Day (617) 722-2396): Hello- Chair Day, my name is [Your Name], I’m calling as a resident of Massachusetts, to urge you to favorably report H1900- No Cost Calls for Incarcerated Families - out of committee.

☎️ January Abolition Action Hour

Sunday, January 30, 2-3pm. Shut down Plymouth County's ICE jail. Register: bit.ly/abolitionjan2022

🍎 Get involved - fight to pause prison construction!

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.

⭐️💵 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

⭐️ 📣 🍎 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

SURJ National and the United Vision Project are organizing white people away from white nationalism.
Watch the recording of the kick-off call to learn more.
Join a texting training on Monday, February 15, 7PM

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, contact your legislators, 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!

💵 📋 Fundraisers and Petitions

Give what you can and share with your networks:

Sign your name in support:

🍎 Dig Deeper

⭐️COMMUNITY READ OF "HOW THE WORD IS PASSED"

The New Democracy Coalition and Massachusetts Peace Action are hosting a discussion of "How the Word is Passed" by Clint Smith and what actions anti-racist activists can take in response.

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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