August 20 - 24 • Lunchtimes
Help Pass Vital Criminal Justice Reforms
Call Your Legislator (we'll provide the contacts + talking points)!
Join SURJ Bay Area for a statewide week of action in which we devote our lunchtimes to making calls to the legislature to lobby for essential reforms to our criminal justice system. We’ll provide the scripts and the targets, you provide the calls! Click here to learn about the important bills going before the California Legislature this month and to send a templated letter to your representatives. We’ll take care of the rest.
Monday, August 20 & Monday, August 27 • 6:00 pm
SURJ S.F. Direct Action Training
Join SURJ S.F. for a two-part series about allyship in direct actions. They’ll be talking about white privilege in the context of showing up to protests, relationships to police and authority, as well as the nuts and bolts of how direct action works. Inexperienced and experienced people welcome. Part 1 (8/20) focuses on Showing Up As Allies; Part 2 (8/27) on Direct Action. More info
Location: Bethany United Methodist Church, 1270 Sanchez St, San Francisco
Saturday, August 25 • 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
National Prison Strike Mobilization at San Quentin
Incarcerated people have declared a National Prison Strike, Aug. 21 - Sep. 9, to demand humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery. RSVP here. Learn more here. Donate here
Location: Meet at West Oakland Bart Station for bus to San Quentin
Tuesday, August 28 • 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Oakland Racial Equity Indicators Results
The Oakland Department of Race and Equity (DRE), in association with Dimond Neighbors 4 Racial Justice and SURJ Bay Area, invites you to a briefing on the Equity Indicators Report. Recently, Oakland received a score of 33.5 out of a possible 100, indicating huge disparities throughout the city. DRE will provide a report overview and there will be food and a chance to talk with neighbors about Oakland’s future. Free but please RSVP here.
Location: Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland
Friday, August 31 • 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Know Your Tentant Rights: Against Eviction Training
Eviction is out of control right now in Oakland with people getting pushed out left and right! Everyone has a right to be here. Empower yourself with the knowledge to fight back by attending this Causa Justa : Just Cause & 1 Fam training. RSVP here.
Location: 1 Fam, 1612 7th St, Oakland
Saturday, September 1 • 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Block Party! Freedom & Movement Center Grand Opening!
Join Legal Services for Prisoners with Children for a Block Party at 44th & Market in North Oakland to celebrate the grand opening of their new office and the Freedom & Movement Center! Free food, raffle prizes, bike giveaway, activities for the kids! For more info, contact Dauras Cyprian: firstname.lastname@example.org / 415.625.7051 and RSVP here.
Location: 4400 Market St, Oakland
Saturday, September 8 • 7:00 - 8:30 pm
World Premiere of the Play, 9-1-1- What's Your Emergency
Written and directed by Bay Area playwright Jovelyn Richards and starring a cast of local actors, this play is an artistic response to gentrification, stereotypes, systemic racism, and the personal narratives of humanity. This groundbreaking and timely work examines the white fragility, as a result of the intersection of white supremacy and personal psychological narratives, propelling the calls. The 911 call is rooted in micro-aggression, yet can have irreparable consequences to communities of color. Followed by a community discussion. Tickets $20 in advance/$25 at the door. More info/tickets here
Location: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley
Saturday, September 8 • 10:00 am - Friday, September 14
RISE for Climate, Jobs, and Justice March and #Sol2Sol Week
Join thousands who will march in San Francisco on Saturday, September 8th for the largest climate march the West Coast has ever seen. The mobilization kicks off It Takes Roots - Solidarity to Solutions (#Sol2Sol) Week which will take place as a counterpoint to the Global Climate Action Summit and lift up grassroots frontline community solutions that address the interlinked crises of climate, economic, and racial justice. RSVP for the march here. See full schedule of events and learn more here.
Location: Saturday march starts at 10 am, Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco; other activities at various venues in San Francisco
Sunday, September 9 • 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Intertribal Prayer, Teach-in and Direct Action Training
Come to the Bay Area’s oldest Sacred Site which has been the focus of 2.5 years of organizing to save from developers. The morning will include a prayer ceremony, songs, and info about the struggle to protect this ancient burial/ceremonial and village site of the Lisjan/Ohlone people. A direct action training will follow the ceremony as part of events for the week of Global Climate Action.
Location: West Berkeley Shellmound, 1900 Fourth St. Berkeley
Thursday, September 13 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Insurgent Supremacists: Building Power Against the Far Right
Join the Center for Political Education for a panel discussion around how to build power against the Far Right. Panelists include, Matthew N. Lyons, Sara Kershnar (International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network) and Mohamed Shehk (Critical Resistance), and will be moderated by Maisha Quint (CPE). RSVP here.
Location: 1125 Valencia St, Mission Center, City College of San Francisco, Room 109
Friday, September 14 • 6:00 pm
AROC 10 Year Anniversary Dinner
Angela Davis and Nadine Naber headline this celebration of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center's 10 years of community defense, movement building, and resistance. Entertainment provided by DJ Emancipacion and Al Juthour Dabke Troupe. For more information and tickets, click here.
Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St. Oakland
Saturday, September 15 • 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Benefit for Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA)
Come out to support and celebrate the work of MUA, a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women that promotes personal transformation and builds community power for social and economic justice. Tickets include raffle, food, and dance and go to fund their work educating their community about their rights, working with powerful women raising their voices in the street, and demanding respect and dignity. For tickets or to make a donation, click here.
Location: Club El Rio, 3158 Mission St. San Francisco
Wednesday, September 26 • 6:45 - 9:00 pm
September 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
Stop SB10 DISGUISED AS BAIL REFORM FROM MOVING FORWARD!
This is an urgent request from the SURJ Policy Working Group asking you to stop the hijacking of bail reform in the California Legislature. Senate Bill 10 (SB10) has been co-opted and is no longer the progressive reform we fought for. Rather than helping our communities, it would exacerbate existing racial and economic injustices by giving judges greater ability to hold people pre-trial, using racist risk assessment tools, and expanding the power of probation. Here's what you can do to help:
1. Sign this petition and share widely
2. Call and email Senator Hertzberg, the author of the bill, and tell him to withdraw SB10. Phone: 916.651.4018 | Email
Sample phone/email script: "I'm contacting you to express my opposition to Senate Bill 10. Our communities deserve a better bail reform bill. I support bail reform that will truly reduce pre-trial imprisonment and improve the lives of Californians, but SB10 does not achieve that. As a resident of ___city and a member of SURJ Bay Area I'm calling on you to vote no on SB10 when given the opportunity. Let's scrap SB10 and work for real reform next year."
Questions or want to help by volunteering? Contact Zoe from Essie Justice at email@example.com or sign up to volunteer here.
Host a "Rise Up for Rent Control" House Party!
SURJ Bay Area plans to hold 100 house parties this Summer and Fall to spread the word about Prop 10 (the Affordable Housing Act), which will be on the ballot this November. Prop 10 will help stop displacement by making it easier for cities and towns to pass strong rent control laws.
We’re going to need a huge grassroots effort to talk to our friends and neighbors about why they should vote YES on Prop 10. To do this, you can host a house party - it’s easy! All you need to do is pick a date, bring together 7 - 30 friends, neighbors, coworkers, or others at your home or other space, and provide snacks. SURJ Bay Area members will provide logistical support along the way, and will join your party to talk to your guests about Prop 10 and how they can get involved in the campaign for stronger rent control in California. If you can't host a party, you can offer your space, join with someone else to co-host, or just attend someone else's party. Get more information here. Sign up to host here.
We will also be at the Grand Lake Farmer's Market to talk to our neighbors about the importance of voting Yes on Prop 10. A brief training will be provided at the beginning of the shift and volunteers will have lunch together afterwords. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Phone Bank for Racial Justice - Virtual Phone Banks with SURJ Action and Mijente
The pain of family separations, escalated detention tactics, and attacks on immigrants make it all too clear we have a lot of work to do in shifting the hearts and minds of white people toward racial justice. Fundraising has always played a key role in providing resources to organize white communities and to support organizing led by people of color. Can you commit 3 hours of your time to phone bank for racial justice? This phone bank will support both SURJ Action and Mijente. Mijente is a digital and grassroots political home for the Latinx and Chicanx community that has been on the front lines of this work and is focused on connecting to the broader movements for racial, economic, climate, and gender justice. Sign up here for a time to phone bank in August.
SURJ Faith: National Invitation to Prophetic Imagination
SURJ’s national campaign to involve faith communities in ending police terror is launching its second phase in September! We’ve revamped the structure so that you can now join even if you are the only person in your faith community who is thinking about divestment from policing. We’ll support you and others like you around the country with monthly coaching calls and provocative webinars as you build a small working group to bring this conversation to your faith community. Click here for more information and to sign up.
Get Trained As an Ice Detainee Bail-Out Volunteer
Do you want to help reunite immigrant families who’ve been torn apart by ICE? With the closing of the Richmond Detention Center looming, organizers are looking for people who will become bail-out volunteers. Over $100,000 has been raised for the bail fund, yet people are needed for the actual physical on-the-ground process of bailing someone out of ICE detention. Two hour trainings are being offered in Berkeley from August 14 - October 9. Click here to learn more about what’s involved and how you can get involved.
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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