Monday, February 24 • 5:00 – 6:30 pm
SURJ Faith Webinar: Rome Will Destroy Us: Resisting Anti-Judaism in John
The Lent 2020 lectionary readings from the Gospel of John are challenging for Christians trying to counter anti-Jewish/anti-Semitic interpretations of these stories. Tune in to this webinar, led by SURJ’s National Faith Coordinator Rev. Anne Dunlap, to explore alternative readings. In a time when anti-Semitic violence is on the rise, Christians have a responsibility to dismantle anti-Jewish/anti-Semitic readings of the Bible. And given the key role anti-Semitism plays in upholding white supremacy, for white Christians this responsibility is even more pressing. Register for the webinar here.
Tuesday, February 25 • 4:00 – 8:00 pm
TGI-Justice Project Weekly Mail Night
The Transgender, Gender-Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) will be holding weekly mail nights every Tuesday until July 7th. Help in corresponding with trans, gender variant, and intersex people inside prisons by responding to letters they send to TGIJP from all over the country. You'll have the chance to send out legal resource guides, policy updates, and Stiletto, TGIJP’s newsletter. Free dinner provided in an abolitionist space.
Location: TGIJP, 1349 Mission St. San Francisco
Thursday, February 27 • 5:00 – 6:30 pm
SURJ Webinar: Only Internationalism Can Save Us
Want to learn about how we make anti-imperialist internationalism concrete and relevant to your work? Lara Kiswani, Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, and Melanie K. Yazzie, co-founder of the Red Nation, will be in dialogue about why internationalism is crucial if we are to build movements that can win. On this call, we’ll talk about what we can learn from movements in the Global South, about what internationalism asks of those of us who live in the center of empire. We’ll look at some concrete examples of the ways organizers in the US link their local work with struggles in other parts of the world. Click here to register. Invite your friends and find more information here.
Thursday, February 27 • 6:00 pm
Muslim and African Ban Webinar with BAJI
The Trump administration has expanded immigration and travel restrictions to include six additional countries — Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The ban would prevent most citizens of those countries from coming to the US except for those who already have US green cards or visas. More than half of the countries (Somalia, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania) on the list are African countries - some of them are Muslim majority and others multireligious. Under this ban, all immigration visas will be suspended for Eritrea and Nigeria while Sudanese and Tanzanian nationals will be banned from applying for the diversity visa lottery. Join the Black Alliance for Just Immigration for this webinar to understand the nuances of the latest Muslim-African Ban. Register here.
Friday, February 28 • 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Puzzles for Justice Returns!
Love jigsaw puzzles? Love social justice? Join Community Ready Corps Allies and Accomplices (CRCAA) for three hours of solving puzzles in a fundraiser for CRC’s Safety, Survival, and Self Determination Program. CRC is a Black grassroots organization working to organize and empower disenfranchised communities towards self determination and equity. Tea and snacks provided plus the chance to put your puzzle-solving skills to work for a great cause in a fun, multi-racial, anti-racist, sober, and kid-friendly space.
Location: 2501 International Blvd. Oakland
Sunday, March 8 • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sogorea Te Land Trust Volunteer Day
Sogorea Te Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands to Indigenous stewardship. Support their efforts by coming out for a volunteer work day. There will be a variety of jobs and ways for folks to help out. Please bring water, and weather-appropriate wear.
Location: Gill Tract Farm Coalition, 1050 San Pablo Ave. Albany
Sunday, March 8 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm
International Working Women's Day - Oakland 2020
Join grassroots women's organizations and allies from throughout the Bay Area for a Rally, March & Celebration on Sunday, March 8th to commemorate the 112th International Working Women's Day anniversary in honor of the first women strikers in 1908. Together, we will be lifting up the internationalist struggles and stories of women, trans, and GNC communities around the world. Let us take the streets to demand an end to gender-based violence against women and TGNC communities, resist militarization and displacement, and unite for self determination. Join us as we collectively protest singing “Un Violador en tu Camino.”
Location: Fruitvale Village, 3301 E. 12th St., Oakland
Monday, March 9 • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
DROP LWOP Rally in Sacramento
The Drop LWOP Spring 2020 Rally will bring together family members, friends and advocates to insist that Gov. Newsom accelerate the pace of commutations for people with Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentences. We will also be educating legislators about the urgent need to reform the laws that have caused the incarceration of 5,200+ people with LWOP sentences in California. We will be giving voice to those behind the walls that are living with this silent death sentence.
Location: CA State Capitol, 1315 10th St., Sacramento
Saturday, March 14 • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Human Billboard & Leafletting: Oppose & Expose Amazon & its Connection to ICE
We are gathering to say: Stop Supporting Family Separation, Detention and Deportation! We won’t pay our grocery money into ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) violence! We will not feed ourselves and our families on white supremacy!
Whole Foods is owned by Amazon and Amazon has major contracts with ICE and Custom Border Patrol. And ICE depends on Amazon to do its business. We will be outside Whole Foods with signs and banners. We will be handing flyers to Whole Foods' customers, informing them of the ICE-Amazon connection, providing alternatives to using Amazon services and asking them to call the Whole Foods CEO and Amazon CEO to cut ties with ICE and stop their war on people and the planet. Join us to say NO to the normalization of Amazon/ICE in our communities.
Location: Whole Foods, 230 Bay Place, Oakland
Sunday, March 15 • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
SURJ Workshop: What White People Don't See: Applying the Lens of Privilege
You believe in making a difference, but when it comes to racial justice, are your actions aligned with your beliefs? The work begins with looking in the mirror. Without intentional learning and reflection, white people may uphold beliefs and systems that perpetuate injustice. Join SURJ for an intimate and interactive workshop in which we will unpack how whiteness has shaped our lives and discuss how white people who care can take action for racial justice. Sliding Scale $15 - $65. No one turned away for lack of funds. ASL will be provided if requested by 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 12. Learn more and get tickets.
Location: East Bay Community Space, 507 55th Street, Oakland
Support Arab Youth: Save Ethnic Studies
California is about to make an extremely consequential decision about what kind of state we are. Will it institute an ethnic studies curriculum that uplifts the stories of all communities of color or reject one that includes Arab Americans — bending to the desires of pro-Israel groups who simply don't agree? Under tremendous pressure, the fate of Arab Americans in our textbooks is currently being decided upon by our state electeds. But if we act now — making our demands for inclusion and justice clear — we can still save ethnic studies in our state and set a historic precedent for the country. Learn more and send a letter to your representative here.
End U.S. War and Militarism in Iran!
How we can prevent the Trump regime from launching full-scale overt war against Iran? SURJ Affiliate Catalyst Project has provided a great frame to better understand what’s happening in this moment, and Organizing Upgrade is providing analysis and strategy framing. National SURJ is making the links between war and white supremacy, noting that police departments across the country are using this act of aggression to further justify violence, surveillance, and profiling towards Iranians, Iraqis, Palestinians, and people who appear to be Arab, Middle Eastern, and/or Muslim. We must be vigilant and prepare to act: Here are some helpful resources:
• Catalyst Project’s study guide: “No War-No Sanctions”
• Statement from Justice Before Peace, a Black and POC-led anti-militarist organization
• MPower Change petition to Congress against war with Iran (please sign and share)
Show Your Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation
On February 6th, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) raided Wet’suwet'en territories to push forward the unwanted Coastal GasLink pipeline. Six Indigenous peoples and their allies were arrested. The Wet’suwet’en have been very clear that they do not want the $6.6 billion, 416-mile-long CGL pipeline going through their unceded and sovereign lands. RCMP officers with night vision and automatic weapons raided the camp in the dead of night. Much like at Standing Rock, the raid was highly militarized: dogs were used, media was banned from filming arrests, RCMP smashed the windows of the camp’s communications van. Show your support for this struggle by donating to their legal fund and downloading and sharing the Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit.
Tell Syracuse University to punish hate crimes, not peaceful protest
Since November, student protestors have been trying to get the administration at Syracuse to take action against the hate crimes occurring on campus. The situation is so dire that the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, attempted to intervene, demanding accountability from Chancellor Kent Syverud. Despite these actions, the administration refuses to make changes to increase transparency around, and accountability for, hate crimes happening on campus. Learn more and send a letter to the university.
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