WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 17, 2018
Support SURJ's Annual #12DaysToShowUp Fundraising Campaign!
We hope you'll consider making a donation that feels meaningful to you, and that you’ll also call on your friends and family and encourage them to donate. Every donation matters and will help us reach our goal of raising $30,000 by year end. This year, 75% of all the funds raised will go to local Black, Indigenous, and People of Color led organizations. The remaining 25% will be sent to under-resourced, rural SURJ chapters mobilizing white people throughout the US to support the growing movement for racial justice.
Keep up with the campaign on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and please like, favorite, share, and retweet our posts to spread the word using the #12DaysToShowUp hashtag.
As you consider your year-end giving, we urge you to support this campaign through a one-time tax-deductible donation or you can become a monthly sustainer. Donate here!
Tuesday, January 1 • 12:00 pm
10th Annual Oscar Grant Vigil
Come to the vigil to honor Oscar Grant who was murdered by BART policeman, Johannes Mehserle, in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009. Featuring special guest speakers, singers, dancers, dignitaries and the community. Come out and support Oscar Grant's mother, Wanda Johnson, and his family.
Location: Fruitvale BART Station, 3401 E. 12th St. Oakland
Thursday, January 3 • 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Injustice towards Black Trans Women and the First Trans Cultural District
Join speakers Janetta Louise Johnson and Honey Mahogany in a conversation about injustice towards black trans women in our criminal justice system and the formation of the nation's first transgender cultural district - the Compton's Transgender Cultural District! There is a definite energy in the air around the movement for serious criminal justice reform in the United States. In the midst of all of this, who is being helped and who is left out? Our two experts will focus on the importance of centering incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Black trans women in the movement for criminal justice reform. Hosted by Manny’s and TGI Justice Project (TGIJP)
Location: Manny's, 3092 16th St. San Francisco
Thursday, January 10 • 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: Citizens Engagement Lab, 1330 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Oakland
Sunday, January 13 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Supporting The Movement 4 Black Lives Policy Platform: Grassroots Legislative Strategy Workshop
This legislative strategy session and workshop will demystify the legislative process and build our legislative capacity. Eric Henderson, Policy Director for Initiate Justice, will be joining us to talk about IJ's 2019 legislative priorities. This workshop is for anyone who is passionate, curious, or wants to learn more about the ways that policy combined with grassroots organizing can be used as a tool in the movement for racial justice and collective liberation. Sliding scale $0 - $10. Register here.
Location: Seneca Family of Agencies, 6925 Chabot Road, Oakland
Thursday, January 17 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Resisting Imperialism: Voices from the Migrant Caravan
Join The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) for political education that will connect the struggles of the migrant caravan at the US/Mexico border to other anti-imperialist border struggles internationally. There will be 5 speakers presenting on struggles in El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Yemen and Palestine. AROC will also be fundraising to help support the needs of the migrant caravan at our border. See below for where to send your donations today. Event is free, but you can make a donation here. More info here.
Location: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia, San Francisco
Sunday, January 20 • 12:00 - 6:00 pm
People Get Ready II Conference (Rescheduled)
How do we take up the often difficult task of balancing our revolutionary imagination with the brutal realities we face - war, right-wing terror, racist state policy, environmental devastation, etc. Sponsored by the Center for Political Education, this one day conference (rescheduled from November 17 which had been cancelled due to dangerous air quality) on analysis, strategy and the fight for our future features visionary speakers and sessions to understand where we are, what we’re up against, how to fight back, build strength, and shift power — now and into the future. Free but please register here.
Location: Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Monday, January 21 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm
The People's March - 5th Annual Reclaim King's Radical Legacy
Save the date for the 5th Annual People's March to Reclaim the Radical Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a mass mobilization called by The Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP). On this federal holiday, we will highlight not the sanitized version of Dr. King, but the militant leader whose ideas and political organizing on issues of white supremacy, political power, capitalism, and U.S. imperialism increasingly called for a radical restructuring of the economic and social systems in the U.S. RSVP to join SURJ at the march.
Location: Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland
Wednesday, January 23 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Renters Rising 2019 - Mobilization to Sacramento
In the aftermath of Prop 10, our housing crisis is only getting worse and the displacement of tenants and long-term residents across the state is escalating. Meanwhile, support for rent control remains incredibly high and city after city has already taken action to strengthen renter protections after the election. Join us as we build momentum for the renter power movement in California for universal rent control, tenant protections and to hold Wall Street landlords accountable! We'll be hosting trainings, rallying and lobbying our legislators. Join us!
Location: California State Capitol, Sacramento
Sunday, January 27 • 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Challenging White Male Supremacy Workshop
Hosted by STAND: White Men for Racial, Gender, and Economic Justice, this workshop will explore how white men can show up with integrity, imagination, and their whole selves and leverage their position as a white man to help create a world that’s more equitable and less oppressive. Event is free, though participants will be asked for donations for the Sogorea Te' Land Trust.
Location: Sierra Club, 2101 Webster St. Suite 1300, Oakland
Stop the Israel Anti-Boycott Act - Call Rep. Pelosi Today!
Our partners at AROC (Arab Resource and Organizing Center) have just learned that congressional leaders might include the Israel Anti-Boycott Act in the budget that Congress must pass before they adjourn for the year. This would impose criminal penalties on some individuals who support an international organization’s boycott for Palestinian rights. The ACLU has said that this bill is a violation of our First Amendment right to boycott for social change. Call Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi at (202) 225-4965 to tell her not to include the Israel Anti-Boycott Act in the budget. Here’s a sample script.
Pledge to Have a Bold Conversation at Your Holiday Table This Season
Calling all white people - instead of avoiding conversations about race around the holiday table, this year pledge to have a bold and courageous conversation about race with family and friends. Watch some tips on how to do that from Color of Change in collaboration with SURJ, featuring actor and SURJ Connector Matt McGorry (Orange Is the New Black and How to Get Away With Murder) in a video on why those conversations are so crucial in the struggle against white supremacy.
Support Immigrant Families Affected by Recent Fires and Rural NorCal SURJ
People who have suffered due to the most recent California fires still need our support, especially our most vulnerable neighbors - particularly immigrant community members, day laborers, and domestic workers. While others may be able to receive FEMA aid, undocumented status prevents many immigrants from getting the help they need when they’re forced from their homes. Support immigrant families by making a donation to 805 UndocuFund Fire Relief. And the Rural Northern California SURJ Chapter in Butte County is fundraising to support fire survivors there who've lost everything and need money for lodging, food, gas, and basic living expenses. Please donate here.
Support All of Us or None Community Giveback For Children of Incarcerated Parents
It’s that time of year again when All of Us or None, a project of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, organizes an event to give bikes and other gifts to children with parents in jails and prisons throughout California. The Annual Community Giveback is 100% supported by donations and volunteer time so please support this event by sponsoring the purchase of a bicycle here. You can also mail a donation to: LSPC/Community Giveback, 4400 Market St. Oakland CA 94608.
Support Central American Migrants and Asylum Seekers at the Border
Nationally, SURJ is supporting efforts to find sponsors and fundraise for asylum seekers at the border. There are many ways you can get involved! Learn more about who these refugees are and why they are coming in this blog post by SURJ member Micki Luckey. Find out how you can become a sponsor here. Make a donation to support sponsorship efforts here. Support the work of Families Belong Together which opposes the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents at the border. Support the fundraiser organized by Pueblo Sin Frontera which is accompanying the Central American migrant caravan. Consider going to the border with the Sanctuary Caravan which includes faith, labor and community leaders. Meet Cosecha at the border to greet migrants and asylum seekers. Here is a directory of the many ways you can support groups at the border.
SURJ Faith Resources on Anti-Semitism and White Supremacy
SURJ-Faith curates a "Countering Anti-Jewish Oppression" resource list. There are general resources at the top of the list; the rest of the list provides resources particularly for addressing anti-Semitism/Anti-Jewish Oppression in Christian tradition and other religious/spiritual traditions that utilize the Bible and aspects of Christian theology.
This past February, SURJ-Faith offered a webinar led by members of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) on anti-Semitism and intersections with Christian hegemony and white supremacy. Find that webinar here.
Dove Kent, Former Executive Director at Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, has collected some of her work on anti-semitism on Medium. Her most recent piece is a collaboration with Rev. Jennifer Bailey drawing the connections between the violence of racism and anti-Semitism.
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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