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⭐️ βœ‰οΈ SUBMIT TESTIMONY FOR AN ELECTED BOSTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE

It's not too late to make sure that the Mayor and City Council hear your voice! Let them hear that restoring democracy is too important for half-measures.

πŸ”₯ 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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Confronting White Supremacists

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

A new article from β€œIt’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.

⭐️πŸ”₯ UNITED VISION PROJECT HUDDLE

Join SURJ National and the United Vision Project in reaching out to people across the country through text.

Prison Abolition

πŸ’΅ 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.

⭐️ πŸ’΅ Corporate giving for Cambridge HEART

Do you work for a large corporation? If so, does your company engage in corporate giving? Ask your Director of Corporate Giving and Director of Charitable Donations to give to Cambridge HEART and help us to pay for salaries of community responders! Unsure what to say or how to ask? Email soscia21@gmail.com and we will help you.

Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️ βœ‰οΈ URGENT: BLOCK CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT ON SACRED NATIVE TAINO SITES IN BORIKEN (PUERTO RICO)!

Contact members of the Puerto Rican Senate and UNESCO before the vote on Tuesday April 19! More information, sample language, and email contacts can be found at the end of this website. (We suggest BCC’ing all the contacts on the email to send them efficiently!)

⭐️ 🍎 UAINE & NAICOB 2022 INDIGENOUS LIBERATION SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTS: WE ARE THE LAND. WE ARE THE WATER.

Thursday, April 21, 7:00PM
Register at this link. Speakers Include: Julie Richards (Oglala Lakota), aka Mama Julz, is a frontline water protector and land defender; Big Wind Lott (Northern Arapaho), a frontline water and land protector in MA, WY, and elsewhere; and Justine Teba, from Santa Clara and Tesuque Pueblos, an organizer with the Red Nation.

☎️ βœ‰οΈ 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.

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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.

☎️ 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.

☎️ βœ‰οΈ 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

⭐️ πŸ’΅ Contribute to the Beyond Bond & Legal Defense Fund

The Beyond Bond & Legal Defense Fund, which helps provide legal support and pay bonds to release our immigrant neighbors from detention and incarceration, needs our financial support . Donate here to help free our neighbors from immigration jail so they can fight their cases from the outside and be with their communities.

Public Education

⭐️πŸ”₯πŸ“£ BRAVE SPACE -STATEWIDE CONVERSATIONS WITH BIPOC EDUCATORS

Monday, April 25, 6:30-7:30PM
Activate your voice in supporting the change we must see in our schools with the Coalition for Anti-Racist, Equity and Justice in Education. Register here and share with your networks!

⭐️🍎 Receivership: Latinx Schools in the Crosshairs
April 27, 7:00-8:30PM
With Citizens for Public Schools. Dr. Domingo Morel describes how state policies like receivership impact historically marginalized populations.

βœ‰οΈ πŸ”₯ 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

Mutual Aid

πŸ”₯ πŸ’΅ Help us redistribute resources to our neighbors!

Our partners continue to value our support through volunteering, and food and monetary donations. Please help where you can <3

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.

Urgent needs:

πŸ’΅ 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!)

πŸ’΅ πŸ“‹ 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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