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⭐️ Volunteer with the Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council (MRCC) grantwriting team

MRCC has made huge strides in our fight for a transparent and equitable cannabis industry in Massachusetts. We’re creating a volunteer Grants Team and we need members to help with copyediting, submitting grants, and researching opportunities. No formal experience needed. Please fill out this brief survey to learn more and sign up.

🔥 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!

⭐️🍎 LEARN ABOUT WATER APARTHEID IN PALESTINE

Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine and 1for3.org are organizing a webinar this Saturday, March 19, 1:00 - 2:30 PM (EST) as a lead up to the 2022 World Water Day. "Parched in Palestine: Resisting Water Apartheid" will focus on Israel’s water apartheid policies and how the effort to drive farmers from the land is being resisted. Featuring speakers from Palestine and visual material highlighting Palestinian struggles to stay on the land, the webinar will provide a close-up look at the practices detailed in a recent Amnesty International report and the new forms of resistance that are now taking shape.

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Public Education

⭐️🍎🔥 BUILDING A BETTER MEASURE OF SCHOOL QUALITY

How can we create more accurate and meaningful measures of school quality - without the damaging consequences of the high-stakes MCAS? Join Citizens for Public Schools to learn more this Thursday, March 17, 2022, 6-7:30 PM on Zoom. Register here.

⭐️✉️🔥 BPS superintendent search

The next BPS leader will shape our schools for years. Help the School Committee hear your voice by…

The School Committee wants to know:

JOIN THE PUBLIC ED RAPID RESPONSE TEAM!

Can’t make meetings, but still want to hear about just-in-time actions you can take to support public education? Fill out our interest survey!

Immigration Justice

✉️ ☎️ 💵 The Work & Family Mobility Act is Moving Forward!

Last week Massachusetts House of Representatives passed the Work & Family Mobility Act, moving Massachusetts closer to becoming the 17th state to allow undocumented community members to access driver’s licenses! Take action to help it pass the Senate by asking your State Senator to support the bill!

✉️ Become a Pen Pal for BIJAN Member in ICE Jail

The Boston Immigration Accompaniment Network is looking for pen pals to serve as a form of emotional support, outreach, and connection to the outside world to their members in ICE detention. Sign up to become a pen pal here–they are particularly looking for folks who speak Spanish.

Prison Abolition

☎️ 📋🔥 Act in Community: Register for March Abolition Action Hour | Wednesday, March 16, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Join UU Mass Action and other coalition partners to hear updates about all our campaigns and take actions like calling legislators, signing petitions, and more. This will include advancing critical bills, like ending solitary confinement, as we near the end of the MA legislative session. We’ll also support other calls to action from groups like Families for Justice as Healing. RSVP: tinyurl.com/march22actionhour

☎️ 🔥 PHONE BANK AND CANVASS FOR PRISON MORATORIUM BILL

Phone bank Thursdays 5-7pm to help pass the Prison and Jail Construction Moratorium Bill and stop the new women's prison! Or join a weekend canvass to ask constituents to call their legislators. More details here.

💵 📣 ALERT: MOUSE INFESTATION AT MCI SHIRLEY - Amplify & GIVE

#DeeperThanWater is continuing its coverage of the rampant rodent infestation at MCI Shirley: where prison profiteering, exploitation of incarcerated people, and unsanitary conditions meet. Like, comment on, and share the post—and help #DeeperThanWater pay for a year’s worth of sanitary food for lead organizer, Wayland Coleman.

Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️ 📋 PROTECT THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT

“Native children and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland are under legal attack in Brackeen v. Haaland. The powerful people behind the lawsuit include both Big Oil and the State of Texas. If their attempt to have a conservative-majority Supreme Court overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act is successful, the door will be open to the total elimination of tribal sovereignty. Take action now to stop this horrific attack on Native rights!” (petition from Lakota People's Law Project, shared by UAINE)

🍎 Watch webinar recording: Kyle Mays: "Afro-Indigenous History & Urban Experiences"

Part of UAINE and NAICOB’s 2022 Indigenous Liberation speaker series. Prof. Mays is Afro-Indigenous (Saginaw Anishnaabe) and is an Assistant Professor at UCLA.

☎️ ✉️ LEGENDARY NATIVE POLITICAL PRISONER LEONARD PELTIER, 77, tested positive WITH COVID-19 on Jan. 28th | Steps you can take to #FREELEONARDPELTIER:

Contact us with any questions.

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.

📋 PETITION: DORCHESTER BAY CITY SHOULD BE FOR US!

Join Dot Not 4 Sale in pushing back on a multi-billion-dollar private development on public land. Sign the petition.

✉️ EMAIL LEGISLATORS: PASS THE TENANT OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE ACT (TOPA)

TOPA would require landlords to give tenants the first notice when they plan to sell and give them time to make the first offer or designate a nonprofit on their behalf, allowing them the best chance to stay in their home. Email your legislators to pass TOPA today.

☎️ CALL LEGISLATORS: SAVE SUBSIDIZED HOUSING IN BOSTON LONG TERM WITH H.4229

Help save affordable housing at the Forbes building in JP, the Babcock Towers, and other subsidized housing in Boston long term. Ask legislators to co-sponsor State House bill H.4229.

☎️ ✉️ PUSH A HOUSING JUSTICE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Three important bills—which if passed could be major wins for housing justice—are still on the table at the state house. Call and email your legislators today to voice your support for 1) The COVID Housing Equity Bill 2) lifting the ban on rent control and 3) the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase (TOPA) Act.

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

🍎 STAY INFORMED ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACISTS IN YOUR AREA

Read and share the New England White Supremacists website.

💵 📋 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"

On Saturday, March 26 from 1-2:30, 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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