Weekly Newsletter - February 19, 2018
Wednesday, March 7 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Restore the Vote: Overturning Voter Suppression Workshop
We are Still on Alert to Mobilize if ICE Attacks Local Immigrant Communities!
Please remain vigilant! Donald Trump's deportation force is threatening to conduct huge raids in Northern California. This is nothing less than political repression against sanctuary cities! A coalition of local groups is calling on folks to be prepared to resist ICE and defend our communities. If large-scale raids do happen, we'll hold an emergency action in San Francisco. Sign up at Bay Resistance to receive text alerts and visit this Facebook event page where details will be posted. There are also these rapid response/know your rights trainings: Feb. 20/East Bay • Feb. 24/San Francisco
Tuesday, February 20 • 6:00 - 8:00 pm
All of Us or None FUN-raiser: Sips & Shots for Social Justice
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children/All of Us or None (AUON) will update folks on 2018 campaigns to restore voting rights to everyone in California, to allow people with felony convictions to serve jury duty, and to extend Ban the Box to housing applications statewide. 15% of all drink sales go to AUON to expand organizing of current and formerly incarcerated people and families.
Location: SomaR Bar, 1727 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Wednesday, February 21 • 8:00 - 9:00 am
Defend Aunti Frances: Court Support Breakfast Rally
Aunti Frances is a beloved Black disabled activist, elder, Black Panther, and community leader fighting eviction from her long-time home. Join supporters at a breakfast rally outside the courtroom as she goes to her first settlement hearing. Follow the campaign here and sign the petition here.
Location: Hayward Hall of Justice, 24405 Amador St, Hayward CA 94544
Wednesday, February 21 • 6:45 - 8:45 pm
Introduction to SURJ Meeting
Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? Come learn about our current work and activities! You'll also hear about SURJ's new pathways for entering the work, including Study and Action groups as well as committee work, upcoming workshops, and events. We'll answer your questions and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice. Guest Speaker: Janetta Johnson, Executive Director of TGIJP (Transgender Gender-variant and Intersex Justice Project).
Location: Sierra Club, 2101 Webster, Suite 1300, Oakland
Thursday, February 22 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
The FBI's Black Identity Extremist Designation and Black Liberation
Join the Center for Political Education and the National Lawyers Guild for a panel discussion with local activists, organizers, and lawyers on what the BIE designation means for movements for Black liberation and self-determination in the Bay Area.
Location: Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Room D200, Oakland
Friday, February 23 • 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Water Protectors Panel: Divest Fossil Fuels & Protect the Sacred
Idle No More SF Bay and the youth program at the San Francisco Native American Health Center welcome Cheyenne River Water Protectors Joye Braun, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Mabel Ann, Karen Little Wounded and Joseph White Eyes to the Bay Area. Panelists will discuss actions around divestment from banks like U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo.
Location: 1089 Mission St., San Francisco
Saturday, February 24 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
SURJ Abolition of Policing Workshop
Critical Resistance 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. The workshop also looks at how we can reduce 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. Tickets $5 - $20 to benefit Critical Resistance. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Location: Sierra Club, 2101 Webster St, Suite 1300, Oakland
Saturday, February 24 • 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Muslim and Immigrant Solidarity Community Canvass in San Leandro
Are you concerned about the ongoing anti-Muslim & anti-immigrant edicts from Washington, deportations, and increasing hate crimes? Join Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) for a Muslim solidarity/pro-immigrant community canvass in San Leandro. We’ll visit San Leandro shops (in pairs) and ask them to post signs that read "We Stand With Our Muslim, Arab & Immigrant Neighbors.”
Location: Meet across from the San Leandro BART Station at 2 pm sharp.
Sunday, February 25 • 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Uprooting Racism Workshop with Author Paul Kivel
SURJ Marin is sponsoring this free workshop with SURJ co-founder and author Paul Kivel, who will be presenting material from his book Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Social Justice. The workshop will provide practical tools and advice on how white people can work as allies for racial justice, directly engaging the participants through questions, exercises and suggestions for action.
Location: YWCA, 4380 Redwood Highway, Suite A-1, San Rafael
Sunday, February 25 • 3:00 - 4:00 pm
SURJ S.F. Racial Justice Storytime for Black History Month
This family-friendly event features local children's book authors, Grace Carroll and Robert Liu-Trujillo, who will read their books and lead attendees in an art project celebrating African American History Month.
Location: Natural Resources, 1367 Valencia, San Francisco
Sunday March 4, 2018 • 5:00 - 7:00 pm
SURJ Restore Voting Rights Fundraiser
Come out for this fundraising party to celebrate, learn about, and support the work of Initiate Justice and their campaign to restore voting rights to people who are incarcerated or on parole in California. The party will include homemade appetizers, beverages, and a silent auction of artwork by incarcerated artists and others.
Location: Panorama Framing, 3350 Grand Ave., Oakland
Wednesday, March 7 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Restore the Vote: Overturning Voter Suppression Works
This engaging SURJ workshop will provide the context for the Voting Restoration and Democracy Act of 2018, including essential understanding of voter suppression history in the United States and California. Learn concrete actions you can take to help restore voting rights to 162,000 incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated individuals in California. This effort is led by Initiate Justice. Free but please RSVP. ASL Interpretation provided by Terps for Bay Area Resistance (TBAR).
Location: Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont
Campaign to Restore Voting Rights to People in State Prisons and On Parole
Sign up for a shift with SURJ to gather signatures to get the Voting Restoration and Democracy Act (VRDA) on the California ballot in November 2018. The VRDA, spearheaded by Initiate Justice, would restore the right to vote to approximately 160,000 people in state prisons and on parole in California. Once you sign up for a shift, we'll email you a few days beforehand with the name and contact info for your team lead, as well as an exact meet-up location. We'll provide a brief on-the-spot training, but you can also read the 2-page talking points and instructions here. Feel free to bring friends.
Sign the Petition to End Berkeley's Participation in Urban Shield
The Berkeley City Council will vote on whether or not to pull out of Urban Shield in February or March. Help us increase the pressure on the Mayor and City Council to hold them accountable to pulling out and voting against police militarization, racism and xenophobia. Sign the petition and share widely with Berkeley residents!
Support the National Movement to End Money Bail and Pretrial Detention
Everyday some 700,000 people are condemned to local jails and separated from their families. A majority of them are there simply because they cannot afford to pay bail. As part of national efforts, download Until Freedom Comes: A Comprehensive Bail Out Toolkit, co-created by over a dozen groups involved in the National Bail Out movement. The toolkit provides step-by-step instructions on how to plan, fundraise for, and execute a bail out action as well as tips for using bail outs to support or catalyze local end money bail campaigns.
Help Win a Net Neutrality Victory in Congress
Though Trump’s FCC voted to repeal net neutrality protections, there is still an opportunity to block the FCC’s decision through Congress. Tell your members of Congress to save the open internet and overturn the FCC decision. These protections are critical to people of color, low-income families, and allies as we tell stories left out of mainstream media and organize for our rights. Sign on here.
Drop the Charges Against the #BlackPride4!
The trial is underway for the #BlackPride4, four activists arrested while peacefully protesting during the Columbus OH Pride Parade last June. They were part of a group of Black trans and queer activists attempting to hold 7 minutes of silence to represent the seven shots that killed Philando Castile. While the #BlackPride4 were being maced and arrested, white folks in the crowd laughed and cheered on the police. SURJ Columbus is asking for support to demand all charges be dropped. Learn more about the campaign and donate.
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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