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SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), Bay Area chapter, is part of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. There are over 150 chapters and affiliates nationwide. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.

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    #12DaystoShowUp Day 3: Stop Urban Shield

    As a part of SURJ Bay Area’s #12DaysToShowUp Fundraising Campaign — and our ongoing commitment to racial justice and reparations — 50% of all donations raised for SURJ are passed on to local POC-led organizations. The other 50% will be used to fund under-resourced rural SURJ chapters and to support our own work mobilizing white people in the Bay Area.

    Donate to SURJ Bay Area before December 31 to help us reach our year-end fundraising goal of $20,000

    In addition to your donation to SURJ, we encourage you to match donations directly to POC-led organizations like those we’ve featured each of the 12 Days of this campaign.

     Stop Urban Shield

    Each year since 2007, Urban Shield brings together law enforcement agencies from across the world to a weapons and SWAT training that militarizes police forces. Coordinated by the Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern, Urban Shield hosts “emergency preparedness scenarios” that perpetuate racist and xenophobic stereotypes through racialized imagery. In 2016, journalist and SURJ member Mary Noble witnessed police act out a “Boko Haram-style kidnapping” where the Boko Haram terrorists were brown mannequins, and the kidnapped women were local white women. The sales expo sells disturbing militarized technologies, such as a remote-controlled mini tank that can be sent to a room and shoot suspects before human police enter, as well as racist apparel such as “Black Rifles Matter” t-shirts.

    Stop Urban Shield is a coalition of community and social justice organizations that aim to defund Urban Shield and invest in community-led alternatives to emergency prevention. They work to have local governmental entities in the Bay Area divest from Urban Shield and provide civilian-led alternatives for emergency preparedness. This year, hundreds of residents mobilized at Berkeley City Council and Alameda Board of Supervisors to hold public officials accountable to stop funding Urban Shield. SURJ worked with the coalition in phone banking community members to attend these critical meetings and speak during public comment to remind city and county leaders that their constituents do not want their police forces militarized.

    This year during the Urban Shield conference, the coalition offered a community resource fair for disaster response. This fair provided trainings and toolkits for fire safety, earthquake preparedness, alternatives to calling 911, and mental health self care. In aiming to dismantle state-sponsored terror through the leadership of local People of Color led organizations, SURJ Bay Area stands with the vision of civilianized emergency preparedness and ending Urban Shield.

    Donate to SURJ Bay Area before December 31 to help us reach our year-end fundraising goal of $20,000

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  • Upcoming events

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 06:45 PM · 7 rsvps

    SURJ Intro Meeting - Jan 10th, 2018

    Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? SURJ moves white people to act for justice, with passion and accountability, as part of a multi-racial majority.  

    Featured Speaker: Troy WilliamsEditor of the monthly San Francisco Bay View, National Black Newspaper which has been publishing since 1976.

     Come learn about our current work and activities! You'll also hear about SURJ's new pathways for entering the work, including Study and Action groups as well as committee work, upcoming workshops, and events. We'll answer your questions and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice.

     

    Address info:

    The Sierra Club is located at 2101 Webster Street between 21st and 22nd Street in Oakland. The Sierra Club Offices are on the 13th floor. There is a bank of elevators that go to the 12th floor and above.

     

    Parking and transportation:

    The closest BART station is 19th Street BART and the Sierra Club is 4 blocks from BART. If you come by Bart, head north on Broadway and then east (right) on 21st Street and left on Webster to the Building entrance. There will be a greeter in the lobby until 7:15, but please arrive well before 7 pm so we can begin promptly. If you are driving, please try to carpool and arrive early to leave time to find a spot.

     

     Getting Into the Lobby:

    The doors for the Sierra Club building lock right at 7pm, so please do your best to arrive prior to 7pm. We will have someone stationed at the Webster entrance to the building until 7:15 for late arrivals. If you arrive after 7pm, please use the Webster entrance.

     

    Accessibility:

    Building Accessibility: There are two entrances to Sierra Club Office building on Webster and 21st both of which are accessible for mobility devices. The building has an elevator, and the kitchen space, conference room, and restrooms can also all accommodate mobility devices.

     

    Scents: The Sierra Club’s space endeavors to offer a scent free environment; however as the Club is currently transitioning towards the use of only scent free products, we cannot guarantee an entirely scent free space. We ask everyone to please arrive at meetings fragrance free to support access for folks who experience multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies. This means using only body products and laundry detergent that say “fragrance free” or “unscented” on the label and do not have scented ingredients.

     

    Restrooms: Restrooms are currently labeled in a gender-binary way. The Sierra Club is working on changing this and has an office policy that all restrooms are available to anyone, regardless of lived or perceived gender identity. We ask that folks choose the restroom that is right for them, and that no one question a person’s chosen restroom.

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 06:45 PM

    SURJ Intro Meeting - Feb 21st, 2018

    Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? SURJ moves white people to act for justice, with passion and accountability, as part of a multi-racial majority.  Come learn about our current work and activities.

    You'll also hear about SURJ's new pathways for entering the work, including Study and Action groups as well as committee work, upcoming workshops, and events. We'll answer your questions and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice.

    Address info:

    The Sierra Club is located at 2101 Webster Street between 21st and 22nd Street in Oakland. The Sierra Club Offices are on the 13th floor. There is a bank of elevators that go to the 12th floor and above.

     

    Parking and transportation:

    The closest BART station is 19th Street BART and the Sierra Club is 4 blocks from BART. If you come by Bart, head north on Broadway and then east (right) on 21st Street and left on Webster to the Building entrance. There will be a greeter in the lobby until 7:15, but please arrive well before 7 pm so we can begin promptly. If you are driving, please try to carpool and arrive early to leave time to find a spot.

     

    Getting Into the Lobby:

    The doors for the Sierra Club building lock right at 7pm, so please do your best to arrive prior to 7pm. We will have someone stationed at the Webster entrance to the building until 7:15 for late arrivals. If you arrive after 7pm, please use the Webster entrance.

     

    Accessibility:

    Building Accessibility: There are two entrances to Sierra Club Office building on Webster and 21st both of which are accessible for mobility devices. The building has an elevator, and the kitchen space, conference room, and restrooms can also all accommodate mobility devices.

     

    Scents: The Sierra Club’s space endeavors to offer a scent free environment; however as the Club is currently transitioning towards the use of only scent free products, we cannot guarantee an entirely scent free space. We ask everyone to please arrive at meetings fragrance free to support access for folks who experience multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies. This means using only body products and laundry detergent that say “fragrance free” or “unscented” on the label and do not have scented ingredients.

     

    Restrooms: Restrooms are currently labeled in a gender-binary way. The Sierra Club is working on changing this and has an office policy that all restrooms are available to anyone, regardless of lived or perceived gender identity. We ask that folks choose the restroom that is right for them, and that no one question a person’s chosen restroom.

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