Tuesday, August 7 • 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Night Out for Safety and Liberation
Turn up with us for Night Out for Safety and Liberation to redefine what safety means and to start a different conversation about public safety beyond policing, focusing on how we can build equity, power, and opportunity in our communities. Gather for an evening of food, music, poetry, face painting, games, health and wellness services, educational resources and more. Let's continue to build a narrative that defines safety not in terms of fear, crime, and punishment, but rather as a community that has access to affordable healthcare, housing, food, education, safe and working infrastructure, and more. Get details at www.NOSL.us.
Location: San Antonio Park, 1701 E 19th St. Oakland, CA
Tuesday, 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
Tuesday, August 14 • 6:30 pm
Film: The Feminist on Cellblock Y
See this powerful documentary about Richard Edmond Vargas, who has served a sentence in Soledad Prison since he was a teen, and has taught his fellow prisoners about toxic masculinity, vulnerability, and feminism. Richie was released from prison in July, and will appear at this screening to discuss his experience and the film. Co-presented by Initiate Justice, the organization founded by Richie and his wife Taina Vargas-Edmond.
Location: The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St. Oakland
Saturday, September 8 - Friday, September 14
It Takes Roots - Solidarity to Solutions (#Sol2Sol) Week
#Sol2Sol Week will take place as a counterpoint to the Global Climate Action Summit, liftingup grassroots frontline community solutions that address the interlinked crises of climate, economic, and racial justice. Through cross-sector and solutionary strategy exchange, local solutions tours, creative action trainings, and democratic, popular assembly, we will provide direction on bold and transformative pathways for change. Sponsored by a coalition of groups that includes Idle No More SF Bay, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, indigenous Environmental Network, PODER, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), among others. See the schedule of events and learn more here.
Location: Various venues in San Francisco
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
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, from August 20th - 24th, in which we devote our lunch-times 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.
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.
Join the Fight to Expand Rent Control and Repeal Costa-Hawkins!
Proposition 10, 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. Options to get involved include hosting or co-hosting a house party (we'll match you with someone else), or attending someone else's house party. Sign up here or email SURJYesOnProp10@gmail.com with any questions.
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.
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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