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⭐️ 💵 SURJ BOSTON 2022 BUDGET FUNDRAISER

To sustain our organizing in 2022, we are raising money to cover the cost of Zoom, our website, closed captioning, training resources, protest supplies, and more! Our goal of $8,00 will cover our core costs for the year ahead. Please donate if you are able.

We encourage you to match your budget gift with support for the Celebration of Grassroots Organizing, which supports 11 anti-racist community organizations.

⭐️ 💵 SUPPORT RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZING IN BOSTON

We've raised $200 in support of the annual Celebration of Grassroots Organizing so far! Our community is committed to raising $5,000 for the Celebration, which funds crucial local organizing  Asian American Resource Workshop, Student Immigrant Movement, and nine other community organizations. Donate to support the Celebration here!

🔥 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 “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

⭐️ 🔥 Mother’s Day Car Rally

Saturday 5/7 from 1-3. Join Families for Justice as Healing and The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls for their annual car rally in Framingham. Send love to the mothers and all people incarcerated at MCI-Framingham! Register.

🔥 ☎️ THE ORGANIZING CONTINUES! TOWN HALLS, PHONE BANK, CANVASS FOR PRISON MORATORIUM BILL

ALL OUT to advance the bill to stop the new women’s prison! The deadline has been extended to June 30. That means we have 10 weeks to keep building people power to pass it! Join a town hall or phone bank to ask constituents to call their legislators. Sign up here.

💵 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.

💵 Corporate giving for Cambridge HEART

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

⭐️🍎 2022 NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION FOR MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN (MMIW)

Register for virtual events, explore the resource list, and take action. Note from the organizers: “Join us in saying ‘enough is enough’-not one more stolen sister.

⭐️🔥 National Day of Action for MMIW

Thursday, May 5 at 3:00pm, Cambridge City Hall. Many will wear red in solidarity. More info here for MMIW events.

💵 SUPPORT THE LINE 3 LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

The Line 3 Legal Defense Fund provides support to people facing arrest, jail time, and state repression because of their opposition to Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline project. Support the fund here!

💵 Fundraiser for Cree elder Tommy Monias

Tommy Monias, a Pimicikamak (Cross Lake in Manitoba) Cree elder and activist against a megadam project, has pancreatic cancer. His family asks for prayers as well as donations to help during this difficult time. GoFundMe link here.

🍎 PODCAST: IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE - #FREELEONARDPELTIER

Check out this episode of “When We Fight, We Win! The Podcast” about Leonard Peltier’s wrongful conviction and the fight to free America’s longest-serving political prisoner. See the episode description for actions 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.

⭐️ 🍎 FAIRLAWN TENANT ASSOCIATION TAKES ACTION TO PROVIDENCE

Check out news coverage from Fairlawn tenants taking action to protest DSF corporate landlord Arthur Soloman, a Brown alumni and Trinity Rep Theater trustee

⭐️ 🔥 WAKE UP THE EARTH FESTIVAL

From CLVU: The Wake Up the Earth Festival began in 1979 when a group of local neighbors and activists banded together to stop the Interstate 95 (I-95) expansion into Jamaica Plain. The festival began as, and still is, a celebration of what can be accomplished when people of all traditions, cultures, ages, and beliefs come together. This year's theme is Power to the People!

Check out an interview by author of People Before Highways, Karilyn Crokett, about this history.

☎️ ✉️ PUSH A HOUSING JUSTICE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

The critical housing budget amendments did not make it to the State Representative's budget but Stay tuned to take action for critical housing justice legislation in the Senate's Budget.

⭐️ 📋 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.

Immigration Justice

⭐️ 🔥 Join Licenses For All Rally as the MA Senate Votes

Show up to the State House this Thursday, May 5th, at 2pm to show support for the Work and Family Mobility Act as the Massachusetts Senate prepares to vote! This bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives this February, will allow all qualified Massachusetts residents to apply for driver’s licenses, regardless of immigration status. Cosecha Massachusetts is calling on the community to show up to support the bill at this crucial moment! Learn more about the rally here.

You can also send a letter of support to your State Senator here.

Public Education

🍎 Join the fight against receivership!

Sign up to receive updates from the Our Cities Our Schools campaign to learn how you can fight against harmful top-down interventions.

✉️ 🔥 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

🔥 💵 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:

💵 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!)

💵 📋 Fundraisers and Petitions

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🍎 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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