The first step to getting involved in the work of our chapter is to attend an Intro to SURJ Bay Area meeting. Once you attend an Intro Meeting, then do get in touch with a committee you may be interested in to learn more about their work and how you can get involved.
The Basebuilding Committee (BaseCom) seeks to identify white people interested in racial justice, understand their motivation for engaging in the work, and use this to find the best channels through which they can deepen their engagement and commitment to the work. Other activities include connecting with folks new to SURJ, running monthly Intro to SURJ meetings, building partnerships with people of color-led organizations, developing training and educational opportunities, and developing messages and strategies for reaching white folks who are not yet interested in challenging white supremacy/working for racial justice.
Meets Mondays 7-8:30pm
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Communications Committee (ComCom) focuses on all things communication - managing the website, maintaining social media presence, producing the weekly e-newsletter, promoting events, developing messaging, and brainstorming new ways to raise up the work of SURJ Bay Area and support our partner organizations. Members of our committee have skills and experience in graphic design, web design, social media, writing, editing, photography, event planning, marketing, promotion, videography, fundraising, etc.
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays a month 7-8:30pm
Or volunteer over Slack for when you are able.
For more info: email@example.com
The Fundraising Committee (FunCom) centers a reparations framework around SURJ Bay Area’s accountability to our partner organizations by strengthening the chapter’s capacity to serve as a wealth and resource generator for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led led organizing. FunCom supports chapter and partner work by organizing events, campaigns, and email appeals to meet ongoing expenses and ensure long-term financial sustainability in the ongoing movement to dismantle white supremacy.
Meets every other Thursday at 7pm
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mobilization Committee (MobCom) organizes and takes action for racial justice through events, canvassing, forums, demonstrations and direct actions. Some examples of our work include a canvass of Emeryville neighborhoods about police militarization and the case of Yuvette Henderson who was killed by Emeryville police, a rally at Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s house during MLK weekend to call attention to her racist policies that fuel displacement of Black people, and participation in the Stop Trump direct action in Burlingame. Our members are involved in a number of on-going campaigns and coalitions: the Stop Urban Shield Coalition, Ella Baker Center’s Jobs Not Jails campaign, and the Oakland Justice Coalition. We also partner with POC and Black-led organizations like Anti Police-Terror Project to support rapid response efforts to police murders.
The Mobilization Committee meets 3-4 times each month, on Thursday evenings.
For more info: email@example.com
The Policy Committee is deeply rooted in the broader policy goals of the Movement For Black Lives (M4BL), and we are excited to develop our voice and our capacity to support and highlight the legislative priorities and strategies of our people of color (POC) led partner organizations. This committee serves to increase the legislative capacity of SURJ Bay Area’s members through trainings, research, working in coalition with partner and ally organizations, and experiential learning. We strive to effectively bring grassroots voices to the capitol in authentic and meaningful ways to uplift the policies that are aligned with the M4BL policy platform. To accomplish these tasks, we:
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday from 6:30-8:30
Not taking new members.
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queer and Trans
The SURJ Bay Area Queer and Trans Committee is committed to organizing white lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and asexual people into action for racial justice. We echo The Movement for Black Lives' platform, which states that "[t]here can be no liberation for all Black people if we do not center and fight for those who have been marginalized." As queer and trans people, our liberation is linked to the struggles for racial justice and ending all forms of oppression. Through education and mobilization we work to center the experiences and demands of queer and trans people of color.
For more info: email@example.com
Youth & Families
The Youth & Families Committee is centered on helping white families, educators and youth workers break down the privilege we have in avoiding conversations with white children about race, racism, police violence, displacement, and white supremacy. Our work is intended to help families understand these dynamics and have the language and practice to begin to interrupt the ways we socialize white children into white supremacy at the root. Our workshops use modeling and practice to springboard families into interrupting the formation of white supremacy in our families, and challenging it where we see it in interpersonal, institutional and systemic dynamics in our lives.
Meets every 1st Monday 7-9pm and 3rd Sunday 10-12pm
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org