Tuesday, December 11 • 4:45 - 8:30 pm
Demand Accountability at Oakland City Council
Join our partners ACCE and APTP in resisting Oakland’s attempt to push through a repressive agenda -- OPD pay raises, unrestrained development, defunding affordable housing, etc. -- before the newly elected City Council is seated.
At 4:45 pm ACCE will hold a press conference in Oscar Grant Plaza to present better solutions. From 5:30 pm we will demand accountability in the outgoing City Council’s last meeting. The Women of the Housing and Dignity Village are also calling on the community to speak up against their brutal eviction.
Location: Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland
Tuesday, December 4 • 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Intro to SURJ Meeting
Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? Come learn about our current work and activities. SURJ moves white people to act for justice, with passion and accountability, as part of a multi-racial majority. You'll hear about SURJ's pathways for entering the work, including committee work, upcoming workshops, and events. We'll answer your questions and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice. Please RSVP - space is limited.
Location: Sierra Club, 2101 Webster Street, Suite 1300, Oakland
Monday, November 26 • 5:00 - 7:30 pm
SURJ National Webinar: White Supremacy Culture: What Is It? What Can We Do About It?
Have you ever wondered why our work often gets bogged down in committee meetings? Or why it feels like there's no room for mistakes? Why does "but we've always done it this way" seem to have so much power? In this 90-minute webinar, we will start answering these questions and more by exploring what white supremacy culture is and how it gets in the way of our work. Registration is free.
Location: Online, webinar registration here
Ways to Respond to #Climate Fire, Sign the Petition, and Support Rural NorCal SURJ
California is on fire. Thousands have lost their homes and the death toll continues to rise. Here in the Bay Area, our eyes are burning and our lungs are choking with smoke. But we have to see through the smoke. From Bay Resistance, here's a guide with four ways to respond - protecting ourselves and our loved ones, serving our neighbors, aiding fire victims, and fighting for our air and our future. Then sign this petition, calling on Bay Area mayors to treat the smoke like a public health emergency. And the Rural Northern California SURJ Chapter in Butte County is fundraising to support fire survivors who've lost everything and need money for lodging, food, gas, and basic living expenses. Please donate here.
Tuesday, November 13 • 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Living on Ohlone Land
Learn about the protection and preservation of sacred Indigenous sites in the East Bay, with acclaimed speaker and activist Corrina Gould, spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone and co-founder of Indian People Organizing for Change (IPOC). She also hosts the annual Shellmound gathering in Emeryville, and formed the Sogorea Te Land Trust. Event is free.
Location: Golden Gate Branch Library, 5606 San Pablo Ave. Oaklan
SURJ Bay Area Statement on the October 27 Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue
As Jewish and non-Jewish members of SURJ Bay Area, we grieve the murders of Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, brothers Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal, husband and wife Sylvan Simon and Bernice Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax and Irving Younger at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday during Shabbat morning services. We hold these individuals, their loved ones, Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, and the broader Jewish community in our hearts. As we hold one another in our grief, let us be renewed in our work toward collective liberation. Continue reading the statement here. [Scroll down to see National SURJ resources on Anti-Semitism.]
Monday, October 29 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm
SURJ Revisiting Reparations Workshop
What are the origins of the racial wealth gap and how can we leverage wealth to undermine, rather than support, the structures of white supremacy? SURJ’s Fundraising Committee will provide historical context, map the limitations of existing institutional financial support for racial justice, and engage participants to rethink their own access to wealth, networks, and other resources in an effort to develop a "reparations mindset." Tickets are sliding scale $15 - $100. No one turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds go to support one or more of our partner organizations led by people of color.
Location: Sierra Club, 2101 Webster St. Suite 1300, Oakland
Monday, October 22 • 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Close 850 Bryant! No New Cops! No New Jails!
The No New SF Jail Coalition continues to steadily fight jail construction while also pressing for a closure of the jail at 850 Bryant. Despite the Board of Supervisors' commitment to close 850 Bryant without building a new jail, we have seen no progress to that effect. In fact, jail population numbers continue to rise, particularly with an increase in police attacks on houseless people. Mayor Breed's approval of 200 new police hires endangers community safety as gentrification and imprisonment in San Francisco are on the rise. Rally to shut down 850 Bryant and invest in community oriented solutions for safety and health.
Location: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
Wednesday, October 16 - Tuesday November 6
Rise Up for Rent Control: Phonebank and Canvass for Prop 10
SURJ Bay Area has endorsed Prop 10 (the Affordable Housing Act), which will be on the ballot this November. Prop 10 will help stop displacement by making it easier for cities and towns to pass strong rent control laws. Doorknock or phonebank with our partners at ACCE to talk to your neighbors about Prop 10. Each event will start with a short training. Doorknock every Saturday from 10-1:30 from now until the election. Phonebank every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:30-8:30 (or however long you can join) from now until the election.
Location: ACCE offices: 2501 International Blvd, Oakland.
Monday, October 8 • Today is Indigenous Peoples' Day!
This morning from 6:00 - 8:00 am, hundreds of people gathered on Alcatraz Island to commemorate 536 years of Indigenous resistance and survival. Other activities happening today:
12:00 - 3:00 pm • Celebration of San Francisco's 1st Indigenous Peoples' Day
The program will include Ohlone, Pomo, Tule River, Hawaiian, Aztec and intertribal dance, drum, music, and presenters.
Location: Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Streets, San Francisco.
4:00 - 7:00 pm • How California’s Indigenous Peoples are Healing their Communities
Speakers from California’s Indigenous Tribal Nations include Corrina Gould, (Ohlone) on Sogorea Te Land Trust and others, plus a screening of the film, Gold Greed and Genocide.
Location: Friendship House of American Indians, 56 Julian Ave. San Francisco
4:30 - 6:30 pm • Film Screening of The Eagle and The Condor: From Standing Rock with Love
In the aftermath of the 2016-17 Standing Rock Action Camps, water protectors rely on ceremony to heal our modern world and confront the violence of resource extraction. See trailer here.
Location: University of California, Berkeley, Barros Hall, Room 60