Weekly Newsletter - May 25, 2020
Sponsor an Asylum-Seeker
Sponsoring an asylum-seeker and bringing them into your home is a deep act of solidarity. It is a heartfelt act of resistance in the face of this country’s inhumane white nationalism. Over 35,500 migrants are imprisoned in U.S. detention camps for the "crime" of asking for asylum. They have fled perilous conditions, seeking safety, and instead they are imprisoned in overcrowded camps, separated from their families with little to no access to lawyers. In this time of COVID-19, those living inside these prisons have no ability to physically distance, and have little access to medical care, soap or water, let alone sanitizers, masks, or gloves.
Weekly Newsletter - May 18, 2020
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT in Lousiville, KY who loved helping her patients and her community. Breonna survived the frontlines of a pandemic that disproportionately kills Black people, only to have her life stolen by police. On the night of March 13th, the Louisville Metro Police executed a warrant, looking for drugs they never found, reportedly trafficked by a person who did not live with Breonna or in her complex-and whom they already had in custody. They sprayed her home with 20 rounds, shooting Breonna 8 times, killing her in her bed. All too often, Black women face police harassment and violence at the hands of bloodthirsty racist cops who see no value in Black lives. We must demand that the police officers be held accountable for murdering Breonna. Learn more, and sign this petition to have the officers responsible fired.
Weekly Newsletter - May 11, 2020
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
The brutal murder of Ahmaud Arbery highlights how white supremacist violence is bolstered by people in positions of power, and closely tied to police and the courts. White people need to see this as yet another urgent call to action. Ahmaud's murder demonstrates the ongoing link between police departments and white supremacist violence. One of his killers, Gregory McMichael, is a former Glynn County police officer and a former investigator with the local district attorney's office. We must call for the removal of District Attorneys George Barnhill and Jackie Johnson and demand justice for Ahmaud. A modern-day lynching has occurred, and white people must speak up.
Weekly Newsletter - May 4, 2020
Support SURJ Bay Area’s Racial Justice Emergency Relief Fund
If you are financially stable and receiving a stimulus check, please consider donating part or all of it to help ensure that we all have enough to make it through this collective crisis. For many in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, stimulus checks will mean the ability to maintain critical needs like food, rent, and basic utilities. Many more will never receive a check at all because of extreme poverty, lack of housing, or citizenship status. SURJ Bay Area has created a Racial Justice Emergency Relief Fund with 100% of donations going directly to local organizations providing critical immediate aid to our most vulnerable communities while fighting the structural inequities that turned a novel virus into a global emergency. Please donate to the Racial Justice Emergency Relief Fund here.
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