WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - APRIL 30, 2018
TODAY! Monday, April 30 • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Make a Donation to Support Quest For Democracy Day 2018
Every Spring, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children/All of Us or None organizes a large-scale statewide lobby day for formerly-incarcerated people, family members with incarcerated loved ones, and allied community activists. Quest for Democracy Day supports pending legislation that affects people impacted by incarceration.
SURJ is mobilizing too and we'll be in Sacramento today, lobbying alongside LSPC/AUON members coming from all over California. We are still raising funds to cover the costs of training, transportation and meals and lodging for this massive mobilization. Make a donation to today!
Location: State Capitol, N Street at 12th, Sacramento
Tuesday, May 1 • 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Right
Join with SURJ Bay Area in this year's May Day as we rally and march for migrant and worker justice! This annual march for International Workers’ Day is sponsored by Oakland Sin Fronteras and endorsed by Anakbayan East Bay, Anti-Police Terror Project, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, Critical Resistance, Mujeres Unidas Y Activas, VietUnity East Bay, Xicano Moratorium Coalition, and SURJ, among others. The SURJ contingent will gather at 2:30 pm - RSVP here and march with us!
Location: Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland
Thursday, May 3 • 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Freedom Toast: Happy Hour for Critical Resistance Oakland
Urban Shield is TOAST! Come raise a glass to recent abolitionist victories like ending Urban Shield - the largest SWAT and police training program in the world. Bring a comrade, enjoy the spring weather and chill with other rad folks organizing for abolition! RSVP and learn more here.
Location: The Layover, 1517 Franklin St., Oakland
Friday, May 4 • 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Stop Urban Shield Victory Party
After years of committed actions and struggles against the militarized and racialized weapons expo and SWAT team training, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to end Urban Shield in 2019. Come celebrate at Reem's with the Stop Urban Shield Coalition! There will be food, drinks, and dancing.
Location: Reem’s, 3301 E 12th St. Suite 133, Oakland
Sunday, May 6 • 2:00 - 6:00 pm
2018 Sayawan Dance-a-Thon
Join Sama Sama Cooperative for their annual dance-a-thon and auction fundraiser. There will be free dance lessons, Filipino food for sale, and a sari-sari books and gifts store. All proceeds benefit Sama Sama's ecology and social justice summer camp rooted in Filipino culture and history. RSVP/ticket information for this kid-friendly event is available here.
Location: Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St., Berkeley
Sunday, May 6 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Reading from Mumia Abu-Jamal's new book Dreaming of Empire
Come hear Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther, journalist, and political prisoner, read from his latest book (he will call in during the event). Co-authored with Stephen Vittoria, readers include Pam Africa, Tyson Amir, Cat Brooks, Ayanna Davis, Emory Douglas, Derethia DuVal, Anita Johnson, devorah major, and others. Dreaming of Empire is Mumia’s most ambitious work to date, the first of a trilogy written as he struggles for life. Suggested $5-20 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. RSVP and event endorsement info available here. Location: Oakstop, 1721 Broadway, Oakland
Thursday May 10, 2018 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Displacement & Gentrification: How did we get here and how do we stop it?
Gentrification comes up constantly in the Bay Area, but few of us feel equipped to take action against it. Is it inevitable? What can we do now to prevent displacement? Berkeley City Councilmember Cheryl Davila is hosting this SURJ workshop which will put gentrification and displacement in a historical context so we understand the racialized political and economic drivers. You'll hear about past and current struggles led by communities of color to preserve their homes and communities. Suggested donation of. $5 - $20 to benefit Causa Justa::Just Cause.
Location: Neyborly, The Poet's Corner, 2043 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Thursday, May 10, 10:30 am & Saturday, May 12, 5:30 pm
We Come for Ours, Black Mama's Bail-out
Today, money bail stands in the way of Mamas being home with their families. As we fight to end the predatory bail industry and bail system across California, we are also fighting every day to bring our loved ones home immediately. Join Essie Justice Group and Young Women's Freedom Center as we celebrate Black Mamas coming home in Oakland this Mother’s Day. Between May 10 - May 12, there will be two events where you can support Black Mama's coming coming home:
Can't make it to an event? Make a donation to National Bail Out, a collective of Black organizers who are committed to building a community-based movement to end pretrial detention and ultimately end mass incarceration.
Sunday, May 27, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Abolition of Policing Workshop with Critical Resistance
Save the date! This Critical Resistance workshop explores the role and history of policing in the U.S., the way it has impacted different communities, and how people have resisted and challenged its inherent violence. This workshop also goes over how we can reduce our reliance on policing by highlighting the various ways that building up community strength and practices lead to true safety that does not depend on law enforcement.
Location: TBA - Stay tuned!
Spring Internships Available at Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is a statewide coalition of 70 grassroots organizations, including SURJ, working to reduce the number of people in prisons and jails, shrinking the imprisonment system, and shifting public spending from corrections and policing to human services. CURB is seeking interns who'll gain experience in research, outreach, grassroots organizing, media campaigns, coalition and movement building, public education, policy advocacy and social justice work. Learn more here.
New Film about Initiate Justice Co-Founder: The Feminist on Cellblock YThe Feminist on Cellblock Y, a new documentary showcasing the anti-patriarchy work being led from inside by Initiate Justice co-founder Richie Reseda, has been released by CNN. Initiate Justice works to build the power of currently and formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones. Check out the film and learn about the intersectional movement-building taking place from inside prison walls! Watch it here.
Support the 2018 National Black Mama’s National Bail Out
National Black Mama’s Bail Out is a coordinated effort by more than a dozen organizations to reunite families on Mother's Day and bring attention to the true costs of money bail and mass incarceration. In dozens of cities across the country, the campaign will bail out as many mothers as possible who otherwise would spend Mother’s Day in a cell simply because they cannot afford bail. Make a donation to help bring mothers home!
Join the SURJ - Faith National Campaign
Invitation to Prophetic Imagination: Community Safety for All
SURJ - Faith is organizing a national campaign that asks faith/spiritual communities to examine their relationship to policing and police violence. This campaign is an act of accountability to people of color who are asking white people to join them in imagining and taking action toward a world without policing. It's also aligned with the Vision for Black Lives. Learn more about the campaign. There are also resources and information that people can share with their faith communities.
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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Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Bay Area c/o PO Box 22748, Oakland CA 94609
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