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⭐️ 💵 COVER MONICA CANNON-GRANT LEGAL FEES & FAMILY NEEDS

Local Black activist Monica Cannon-Grant is facing federal prosecution in a pattern of Black women and activists being targeted by the state, both in Boston and nationally. Monica established Violence in Boston through which she has organized resources for directly impacted communities and advocated for Black lives. Find details of the case on this instagram. All people deserve care and support as they face prosecution - 100% of contributions will go toward legal fees and her family needs.

💵 🍎 “THE PRACTICES WE NEED: TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE AND UNITY CIRCLES FUNDRAISER”

Sunday, May 22, 10 AM-12 PM
Please join the SURJ Boston Transformative Justice Practitioner Program cohort for a virtual fundraising event for Unity Circles. A group of SURJ members learned about transformative justice from Unity Circles, a program that trains young people in Boston to be Transformative Justice Practitioners. At the event on May 22, we will engage in a Circle around conflict - our past experiences with conflict and our visions for working through conflict. We will ask attendees during the event to support by moving money to Unity Circles to raise funds for future youth cohort practitioners. The event will be free and open to all. Please share widely! At the end of the event, we will be making an ask for donations for Unity Circles. Register 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

🍎 STAy INFORMED

Neo-Nazis are not welcome in Boston and New England!

Prison Abolition

🔥 ☎️ 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 seven 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.

Indigenous Solidarity

⭐️ 🔥 ORGANIZE AGAINST COLUMBUS DAY WITH ITALIAN-AMERICANS FOR COLLECTIVE LIBERATION

Italian Americans for Collective Liberation (IAFCL) is looking to create a national network of Italian Americans to support Indigenous people’s sovereignty and autonomy by combining anti-Columbus Day groups from around the country, and building a base of progressive Italian Americans. Fill out this interest form to get connected!

💵 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. Donate through their website 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.

⭐️ 📋 KEEP SIGNING AND SHARING: DORCHESTER BAY CITY SHOULD BE FOR US!

Last week Dot Not 4 Sale delivered 700+ petition signatures to demand a slow down on the multi-billion-dollar Dorchester Bay City project. Keep adding signatures to the petition here!

⭐️ 🔥 RENT CONTROL LISTENING SESSION RESCHEDULED TO MAY 24- SIGN UP TO TESTIFY

The city of Boston rent control listening session that was supposed to happen on May 10 has been moved to May 24. Those that signed up on May 10 don’t need to sign up again. If you haven’t already, RSVP here and send public comments here (scroll down).

Immigration Justice

⭐️ 💵 Become an Asian American Research Workshop Monthly Sustainer!

The Asian American Research Workshop is working towards recruiting 30 new monthly sustainers during May, AAPI Heritage Month! Help support the organization create space to heal after this time of intensified violence against Asian communities. This work is long-term, and not always quantitatively measurable, which makes grant funding limited. Even a small monthly contribution helps AARW’s work possible. You can become a sustainer here!

🎉 ✉️ 💵 Thank Your Senator: The Work & Family Mobility Act Passes!

On May 5th, 2022, the Massachusetts State Senate joined the House in overwhelmingly voting YES for the passage of S2851, the Work and Family Mobility Act which brings MA closer to ensuring that all residents can obtain a license regardless of immigration status! Email your senator to thank them for supporting the act, stay tuned to hear about next steps to get the bill over the finish line, and donate to the Driving families Forward campaign here.

Public Education

🍎 Fight State Takeover!

The MA Dept. of Ed is threatening to seize control of Boston Public Schools. Learn more and 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

💵 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 $8,000 will cover our core costs for the year ahead. Please donate if you are able.

💵 SUPPORT RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZING IN BOSTON

We've raised $935 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 including the Matahari Women Workers' Center, City Life/Vida Urbana, and nine other community organizations. Donate to support the Celebration here!

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🍎 Dig Deeper

🔥 Join Dorchester People for Peace for Outreach in White Communities

After 2 years off, Dorchester People for Peace (a Dorchester based anti-war, anti-racism activist group) is planning to restart the project Outreach in White Communities. This entails setting up a table in predominantly white spaces in Dorchester with the intention of striking up conversation with other white people about systemic racism. Our table is set up with a banner, a question to invite conversation, and articles and resources to share. We are aiming to conduct this tabling once a month in the summer and fall starting in mid-June. If you are interested in learning more and participating in this project, please contact Kristen Aldrich at kristen.aldrich@gmail.com.

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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