Monday, July 16 • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Protest Life Without Parole in Sacramento
Join CURB members and California Coalition for Women Prisoners as we visit the capitol to present Governor Brown with our request for him to commute every Life Without Parole Sentence in the state of California.
We will also visit state assembly members to urge their support for SB 1393 (Mitchell) to restore judicial discretion to the very harmful 5-year sentencing enhancement for prior serious felonies. Attendees are also encouraged to attend a training session on July 16th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Seneca Family of Agencies (6925 Chabot Road, Oakland). RSVP for the lobby day and learn more about the training here!
Location: California State Capitol, 1315 10th St B-27 Sacramento
Friday, July 20 • 4:00 pm
Stop Urban Shield: Berkeley Final Vote
Berkeley residents are invited to make a final stand for the withdrawal of Berkeley Police from involvement with Urban Shield 2018 weapons expo. After a year of research and consideration, Berkeley City Council will make a final vote on the City's participation in the upcoming militarized, racialized and xenophobic SWAT team training and weapons expo that brings together local, regional, and international police-military units. Call your council person and show up to the vote! Find more information and a call script here.
Location: 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley
Monday, July 22 • 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Third Annual Mario Woods Remembrance Day
Join the 3rd Annual Mario Woods Remembrance Day hosted by Justice 4 Mario Woods in the Bayview. This family friendly event will include an expanded kid's zone, multiple live DJs, dance parties, speakers and food. Come gather to celebrate the life of Mario woods, all victims of police violence and the thriving Bayview community in the name of justice. To donate to the fundraiser for this event click here. To learn about volunteer opportunities for this event and to find more information, click here.
Location: 5701 3rd St, San Francisco
Saturday, July 28th • 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sanctuary Homes and Neighborhoods Workshop
Come learn about a new initiative in Rockridge to build a network of mutual support amongst neighbors. This workshop will focus on domestic workers. If you work in someone else's home or you employ someone in your home, this workshop is for you. The project aims to support immigrants and others who are especially vulnerable in the current political climate. Learn what to do if you or someone in the neighborhood is approached by ICE. Get resources to help make your home and neighborhood a workplace that is fair and supportive. Everyone is welcome! This workshop is organized by Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network and Mujeres Unidas y Activas.
Location: Rockridge Branch Library 5366 College Ave., Oakland
Sunday, July 29 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Antidotes for White Fragility Workshop
Do you sometimes get "triggered" or shut down in stressful, racially tense situations? This workshop, facilitated by White Noise Collective, will explore how the brain and body respond to these perceived threats, help you manage guilt and shame that can arise in learning about race and racism, and build skills that enable greater resilience in moments of challenge. Tickets are sliding scale $15 - $25, and no one turned away for lack of funds. More information and registration available here.
Location: Sierra Club, 2101 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94612
Sunday, August 5 • 10:30 am
Festival of Resilience - Save the Date!
White supremacist, fascist and neo-Nazi groups have called for a rally in Berkeley to “commemorate” the anniversary of Charlottesville, where an avowed white supremacist drove his car into anti-fascist counter protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 25 others. Join SURJ and a coalition of community partners to memorialize all those who have lost lives and loved ones to white supremacy. We will gather to reiterate our clear message, “No racism and no hate speech in the Bay. We stand strong for Black lives and racial justice, and shoulder to shoulder against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, transphobia, homophobia, and the scapegoating of immigrants." And we will gather to nurture our relationships as resistors of fascist violence as exacted through State power and vigilante racists. Save the date! More information to come. Read an analysis of last year's events from a SURJ member here.
Location: Ohlone Park, Berkeley
Friday, August 14 • 6:45 - 9:00 pm
August Introduction 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 Study and Action groups as well as committees, upcoming workshops, and events. We'll answer your questions and share how you can be part of the movement for racial justice. RSVP to attend today!
Location: Movement Strategy Center, 436 14th St. Suite 500, Oakland
Friday, September, 14 • Save the date
AROC 10 Year Anniversary Dinner
Save the date to join the Arab Resource & Organizing Center on September 14 to celebrate 10 years of grassroots organizing, cross-movement building and community defense as they continue to fight together for a new world. More details, including start time and tickets will be available soon here.
Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St., Oakland
Volunteers Needed for SURJ Food
The food working group is looking for cooks and food donations for SURJ events like trainings and actions. Help is needed with a variety of tasks, from calling around to foodservice providers and asking for donations, grocery shopping, cooking, food delivery, and food distribution if it's a big event. Having a car is helpful for many of the tasks, but not necessary. Volunteering is a great way to nourish the movement! Email Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the volunteer list.
A Dozen Things You Can Do Right Now To Help End Trump’s Family Separation Policy
Looking to channel your outrage over the Trump administration's horrific immigration policies? His Executive Order is a smokescreen and a distraction — we have to keep up the pressure. Immigrant families are still suffering due to his administration's "zero tolerance" policy which criminalizes immigrants including asylum-seekers. Turn your anger into action. Here are some ways how. To support continuing action and to stay up to date, sign up here to receive emails on events and actions, or text JOIN IN to 977-79.
Sign the Pledge to Build a World Without Police
SURJ National is inviting white people across the country to examine our relationship to policing, especially given the increasing numbers of incidents of white people calling the police to report Black people for doing all everyday things, including sitting in a Starbucks, having a barbecue, sleeping in their own dorm, renting an AirBnB, eating at Waffle House, golfing, walking through their own neighborhood, being an 8-year-old selling bottles of water, being a firefighter doing his job, and much more. We invite you to take action — whether that's educating yourself about the history of policing in the U.S., examining alternatives to policing, or pledging to not call the police. Learn more here.
Tell Amazon to Stop Doing Business with Racist Hate Groups!
In a recent study, the Action Center on Race and the Economy and the Partnership for Working Families found that despite its stated policies, Amazon is serving as a platform for neo-Nazis and white nationalists to push their ideas, grow their movements and make money. Sign this petition today and tell Amazon to stop doing business with racist hate groups!
Join the Fight to Expand Rent Control and Repeal Costa-Hawkins!
The Affordable Housing Act, which would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and allow cities and towns to pass stronger rent control laws, will officially be on the ballot this November! Landlord associations are preparing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to sink this ballot initiative. Join the grassroots campaign organized by our partners at the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) to speak to voters about the ballot initiative and advocate for stronger rent control legislation. To get involved, please email SURJcanvassing@gmail.com. Learn more about Costa Hawkins here.
Join the SURJ - Faith National Campaign
SURJ - Faith is a national effort aimed at organizing congregations and faith communities to take action for racial justice and to support the Movement for Black Lives. This campaign has a tool kit and resources that people can share with their faith communities. Learn more about the campaign here.
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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