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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!

Radical Love and Our Fragile Multiracial Democracy with Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, Executive Director of MassVOTE

Sunday, February 13, 12:30-2:30PM
On the day before Valentine's Day, and with the expertise of MassVOTE E. D. Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, we'll offer a celebration of revolutionary love while exploring voting rights and voter suppression. Join us for an interactive 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 and dig in on efforts to increase voter participation in Massachusetts. Register to join this Zoom session here. Feel free to invite others. With questions, contact Amelie Ratliff.

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Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️☎️✉️ Legendary Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier, 77, is sick with COVID-19. Steps you can take to #FreeLeonardPeltier:

⭐️🔥 Updates on 5 MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda bills:

Please stay tuned for future actions you can take to help us get the three bills passed! For more information about the bills: MAIndigenousAgenda.org

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

Public Education

⭐️🔥FOR ANYONE IN THE BPS COMMUNITY: JOIN THE BTU COMMUNITY FORUM ON CONTRACT UPDATES

February 16, 6:00-7:30PM
This month, find out why BPS rejected all of our proposals for racially and linguistically diverse staff and ethnic studies, and how you can help. Join us to fight for the schools our students deserve! Register and find multilingual flyers at btu.org/engage. Interpretation will be available.

✉️ ☎️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. Please fill out this form and add your own comments to the letter, which will be sent to key administrators and local elected officials: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/save-mission-hill-school

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

Prison Abolition

⭐️🔥 CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE STATEHOUSE!

February 14, 12-1pm, Statehouse
Show your love for Families for Justice as Healing, abolitionists, mothers, and the incarcerated community! Join us outside the MA Statehouse to support the prison moratorium bill (S2030/H1905) to stop new prison and jail construction.
Register and check out other ways to get involved here!

⭐️💵 Save the date: Cambridge HEART fundraiser!

March 1st, 7-8:30pm, zoom link to come.

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!

Record a video about why rent control matters to you! Want to learn more about the fight for rent control in MA first? Check out these talking points and read coverage of the January 11th Housing Committee hearing.

🎉 🍎 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 COVID Housing Equity bill, and call or email your legislators about 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

⭐️ SOLIDARITY FOR RACIAL JUSTICE: STUDY GROUP AND ACTION CIRCLE

Join community members from across Massachusetts at Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council's Racial Justice solidarity study group Tuesdays at 6pm followed by action circle at 7pm, both virtual. We will push for reparations for slavery and racial equity from the War on Drugs municipality by municipality across Massachusetts Learn and apply with community standing in solidarity for racial justice for cities across Massachusetts today. Change can't wait. Register today!

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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