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💵 PLEDGE TO PAY FOR MARINA'S WORK PERMIT

Marina, a worker leader in Mass Coalition of Domestic Workers, has won her pathway to citizenship after a hard fight and wage theft. Learn more about Marina's work in the MCDW newsletter. We've raised $3086/$4450 - pledge to contribute funds and a SURJB member will be in touch with details.

🔥 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!

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Public Education

✉️ 🔥 Take Action Now to Keep Schools Safe from COVID!

Urge Mayor Wu & BPS to keep the mask requirement and improve ventilation.

  1. Send emails to city officials in a few clicks
  2. Join BPS Families for COVID Safety meetings on Fridays - FMI & Zoom link

💵 Donate to Boston Youth Organizing Project (BYOP)

BYOP is committed to building youth power by creating youth-led spaces, with membership made of 60% of immigrant families and 45%. We are currently raising funds to support membership and the “Neighbor to Neighbor” mutual aid program. Please contribute through Paypal.

⭐️ 🔥 Speak out for BPS!

There are two major changes on the horizon: fighting possible state takeover (receivership) and fighting for an elected school committee! Please attend and give testimony at these remote City Council hearings:

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

🍎 WHY WE CAN’T ALLOW THE FAR-RIGHT TO HOLD PUBLIC SPACE

A new article from “It’s Going Down” analyzes recent trends in fascist organizing and anti-fascist responses in Boston. Read more about our local far-right groups on the New England White Supremacists website.

Prison Abolition

✉️ 🔥 LETTER CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT MELISSA LUCIO

Stop the state of Texas from murdering Melissa Lucio for her child’s accidental death: Write physical letters to support her. Details here; more on Youtube.

☎️ 🔥 RALLY, PHONE BANK, CANVASS FOR PRISON MORATORIUM BILL (NEW LINK!)

ALL OUT to help get the bill to stop the new women’s prison out of committee before 4/15! Join a town hall or phone bank to ask constituents to call their legislators. Sign up here (even if you already have—new link!)

⭐️ 💵 Tax Refund Re-distribution for Cambridge HEART!

If you got a tax refund and it is surplus for you, please consider redistributing to Cambridge HEART, the brand-new, Black-led, community-based alternative public safety program. Cambridge HEART is raising $550,000 to hire 10 community members as first responders. And the SURJB HEART support team has set a goal of raising $50,000 through our SURJ community. Use this form to pledge some (or all!) of your tax return.

Job opportunity: Co-director at Cambridge HEART

Cambridge HEART is hiring a Co-Director of Administration, Programs, & Operations (Full-time). Could this be you? Check it out and share, especially with folks from Cambridge and members of communities most impacted by current carceral systems.

Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️ ☎️ ✉️ Ask the Barre Museum Association to return sacred objects!

Email the Museum or call (978) 355-2533 and express your desire for the Native American artifacts, spanning around 100 pieces, including human remains like scalps and locks of hair, to be returned to their rightful owners, the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Peoples. Article about the current situation.

✉️ ☎️ THE MA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY BILL

Please EMAIL and CALL before April 14th to tell them you want the bill voted out favorably. Use this link to send an automated email to Committee members. Click here to get the script and phone numbers.

⭐️ ☎️ NO Radioactive DUMPING IN OUR BAY!

5 days remaining to vote to move the EMERGENCY BILL, H.4444, prohibiting Holtec's planned radioactive water dumping into Cape Cod Bay. Please take 5 minutes and call the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and thank them for their consideration and urge prompt action on S.2791 and H.4444 for an affirmative committee vote before the April 15 deadline.

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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.

☎️ 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.

Immigration Justice

✉️ 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.

💵 📋 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!

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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