Monday, September 10 • 10:00 am - Friday, September 14
It Takes Roots - Solidarity to Solutions #Sol2Sol Week
Thousands marched in San Francisco this past Saturday in the largest climate march the West Coast has ever seen. The mobilization kicked off It Takes Roots - Solidarity to Solutions (#Sol2Sol) Week which will take place as a counterpoint to the Global Climate Action Summit and lift up grassroots frontline community solutions that address the interlinked crises of climate, economic, and racial justice. See full schedule of events and learn more here.
Location: Saturday march starts at 10 am, Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco; other activities at various venues in San Francisco
Tuesday, September 11 • 7-9 pm
In honor and memory of Prince White: Screening of "The Feminist on Cellblock Y"
Uncommon Law presents a film screening of "The Feminist on Cellblock Y," followed by a conversation with John Jones III and Keith Wattley. The documentary features Initiate Justice Co-Founder Richard Edmond Vargas, who has served a sentence in Soledad prison since he was a teen, and has taught his fellow prisoners about toxic masculinity, vulnerability, and feminism.
John Jones III is Director of Community and Political Engagement for the East Oakland Black Cultural Zone, and is also on staff for The Dellums Institute for Social Justice. Keith Wattley is the Founding and Executive Director of UnCommon Law.
Tickets are FREE. The hosts will be collecting donations for the family of Prince White, a beloved leader of Urban Peace Movement who died on August 24. Please register for a ticket if you plan to attend.
Location: The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St, Oakland, CA
Thursday, September 13 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Insurgent Supremacists: Building Power Against the Far Right
Join the Center for Political Education for a panel discussion around how to build power against the Far Right. Panelists include, Matthew N. Lyons, Sara Kershnar (International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network) and Mohamed Shehk (Critical Resistance), and will be moderated by Maisha Quint (CPE). RSVP here.
Location: 1125 Valencia St, Mission Center, City College of San Francisco, Room 109
Friday, September 14 • 6:00 - 10:00 pm
AROC 10 Year Anniversary Dinner
Angela Davis and Nadine Naber headline this celebration of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center's 10 years of community defense, movement building, and resistance. Entertainment provided by DJ Emancipacion and Al Juthour Dabke Troupe. For more information and tickets, click here.
Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St. Oakland
Saturday, September 15 • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Yes on 10 East Bay Mass Mobilization
Join Yes on Prop 10, Housing Now and ACCE Action for a press conference, door knocking training and mass canvassing to launch weekly mobilizations to pass Prop 10 and build the tenant movement for rent control.
Location: 2501 International Blvd, Oakland
Saturday, September 15 • 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Benefit for Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA)
Come out to support and celebrate the work of MUA, a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women that promotes personal transformation and builds community power for social and economic justice. Tickets include raffle, food, and dance and go to fund their work educating their community about their rights, working with powerful women raising their voices in the street, and demanding respect and dignity. For tickets or to make a donation, click here.
Location: Club El Rio, 3158 Mission St. San Francisco
Sunday, September 16 • 10 am - 6 pm
Anti-Racism for Collective Liberation - daylong training
This interactive intensive training looks at how anti-racism is key to building powerful social change movements that can win. Catalyst Project's approach is based in vision and grounded in history. In the training, we'll explore how institutional racism functions, and examine how white privilege undermines social justice efforts. You'll look at ways to strengthen your own work and to build powerful multiracial movements for collective liberation. This workshop is geared toward white people involved in social justice work; people of all racial and ethnic identities are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required. To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/catalyst-project-17794717140
Location: Oakstop, 721 Broadway #201, Oakland, CA
Tuesday, September 25 • 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Family Separation Is Nothing New: What We Need to Know and Do
Much of the country has been rightly outraged about the U.S. government’s practice of separating families who seek asylum in the U.S. at the border. Yet what is being done is nothing new. From slavery to mass incarceration, the U.S. has been separating families for centuries. Join SURJ Bay Area to discuss how white supremacy impacts immigration historically and today and the many ways each of us can be effective and accountable in supporting immigrant-led movements. Tickets $5 - 25 sliding scale (no one tuned away for lack of funds) to benefit local immigrant organizing. Get your tickets here.
Location: Sierra Club, 2101 Webster St. #1300, Oakland
Sunday, September 30 • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pups for Prop 10!
Join SURJ at Point Isabel Dog Park to get the word out about Prop 10 — the Affordable Housing Act. Help give local communities the power to adopt rent control by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Accost a Paw-kins — not Costa Hawkins! (Four-legged friends and kids welcome.)
Location: 1 Isabel Street, Richmond, CA, 94804
Wednesday, October 3 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children 40th Anniversary Gala
Join us to celebrate 40 years of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) and 15 years of their project, All of Us or None. Drinks and appetizers will be followed by a conversation with civil rights attorney and legal scholar Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness; journalist, academic, author, and TV commentator Marc Lamont Hill; and advocate and attorney Vonya Quarles, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Starting Over Inc. More information and tickets available here.
Location: Scottish Rites Center, 1st Floor, Grand Ballroom, 1547 Lakeside Dr. Oakland
Sept 17 - 21 • Lunchtimes
Help Pass Vital Criminal Justice Reforms in CA
Call the Governor's Office (we'll provide the talking points)!
Vital criminal justice reform bills have made it to the Governor's desk. If we can get Jerry Brown to sign these bills they will officially become law. Join SURJ Bay Area for a statewide week of lunchtimes calls to urge the Governor to SIGN THESE BILLS. We’ll provide the scripts, you provide the calls! Click here to learn about the important bills on the Governor's desk.
Rise Up for Rent Control! Doorknock and Phonebank 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.
Join us as we doorknock and phonebank to tell our neighbors about the importance of voting Yes on Prop 10:
SURJ Faith: National Invitation to Prophetic Imagination
SURJ’s national campaign to involve faith communities in ending police terror is launching its second phase in September! We’ve revamped the structure so that you can now join even if you are the only person in your faith community who is thinking about divestment from policing. We’ll support you and others like you around the country with monthly coaching calls and provocative webinars as you build a small working group to bring this conversation to your faith community. Click here for more information and to sign up.
SURJ Bay Area Chapter - Join us! 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. Learn more at www.surjbayarea.org. SURJ Bay Area is one of 150 chapters and affiliates nationwide. Learn about SURJ National and our mission, vision, and values HERE.
Want to support our work? You can make a donation for SURJ's organizing and educational efforts with over half of what we raise going to Black and people of color-led partner organizations. Make a one-time donation or become a monthly sustainer HERE. Contributions are tax-deductible.
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