THIS MONTH • July 7 – 21 • 5:00 pm
Stand Up Against ICE Raids!
Trump is threatening our immigrant loved ones and neighbors with mass raids and deportations. We're standing up against his racist and repressive attacks. The day any raids take place, we'll gather at 5:00 pm at ICE HQ. Raids tear apart families and cast a shadow on whole communities, making it difficult to go to work, school or live free from fear. Let's stand together – and respond with power, not panic. Watch this event page and text RESIST to 41411 for updates. Sponsored by Bay Resistance and AROC: Arab Resource and Organizing Center.
Location: ICE Headquarters, 630 Sansome St. San Francisco
Tuesday, July 9 • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Anti-Amazon and ICE Twitter Town Hall
Protests are one critical way to demand government action to stop ICE and Border Patrol atrocities. Another way is through Amazon. Join Daily Kos and immigrant groups Mijente and MPower Change, among others, to explore the relationship between Amazon and ICE. This Twitter Town Hall will be an informative space to hear strategies to stop Amazon, get information about their upcoming July 15 Prime Day petition deliveries, and connect with other activists across the country committed to ending the anti-immigrant horrors. RSVP here.
Location: On Twitter, follow @DailyKos, @ConMijente, @MPower_Change.
Tuesday, July 9 • 5:00 pm
Angela Davis in Conversation with SURJ
Register for this webinar featuring activist and scholar Angela Davis in conversation with SURJ national leaders. This is part of SURJ's ongoing series, "Connecting the Dots: Border Militarism, US Domestic and Foreign Policy, and the Myriad Connections of Racial Capitalism." Spread the word and share the Facebook event page with family, friends and comrades. Register for the call here.
Tuesday, July 9 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
The Justice Study Report Back
Do No Harm Coalition and Anti Police-Terror Project have called this gathering to report back on the data from their community-commissioned project, The Justice Study, an investigation into the health impacts of law enforcement violence. With research teams from UCSF and Santa Clara University, the 3 year study investigates all law enforcement violence — from police to ICE to the FBI. This gathering will center those most impacted - particularly those who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, Trans, and poor, and will solicit community feedback on strategies for releasing the data prior to any publication in medical and public health literature or in the media.
Location: Red Bay Coffee, 3098 East 10th St. Oakland
Friday, July 12 • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Compassion Has No Walls: Mend the Past, Transform the Future
Join the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity in front of the ICE building for their monthly vigil! We will nourish our spirit and call for the dismantling of all forms of detention and incarceration. Let us turn our collective energy to mend the past, heal the present, and transform the future! We resist the detention of immigrant children in concentration camps, like what was done in the past to Jewish communities, Indigenous communities, and Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II.
Location: 630 Sansome St. San Francisco
Saturday, July 13 • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Transforming White Fragility and Embodying Resilience
Based on the bestselling book by Robin D’Angelo, White Fragility is a term that defines a white person's reaction to difficult conversations and criticism. This workshop will teach us how to be able to define a white fragility situation, become aware of our own fragility responses, and learn to shift into a more resilient state. The goal is to build capacity to practice embodying a more open reaction in order to stay engaged. Register online. This workshop is co-hosted by SURJ Marin and the YWCA of Marin.
Location: YWCA San Francisco Marin, 4380 Redwood Highway, #Suite A-1, San Rafael
Saturday, July 13 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm
SURJ Lights for Liberty Human Billboard: Sanctuary for All!
Yes to Asylum Seekers! Sanctuary for all! No to White Supremacy! Join us as we line the streets and create a human billboard calling for human rights for all asylum seekers. We are outraged at the deaths at the border, the caging and kidnapping of children, and the horrific conditions inside the detention centers. We call for an end to family separation, an end to detention centers and an open border for all those seeking asylum. The mobilization is part of national protests, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, which will mobilize thousands of people to detention camps across the country. Bring your signs and your energy! There will be a kid-friendly space to make and hold posters.
Location: Grand Lake Farmers Market, by the Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland
Saturday, July 20 • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
4th Annual Mario Woods Remembrance Day
Join community members in a celebration of the life of Mario Woods on the anniversary of his birthday. Mario was a young Black man gunned down by five SFPD officers in a 2015 execution-style shooting. In the wake of his killing, a groundswell of people came together to build a movement to support all those who have been impacted by racialized police violence in the Bay Area. This annual event will include food, music, entertainment, a kids’ zone and Black cowboys.
Location: Martin Luther King Park, 5701 3rd St, Bayview, San Francisco
Sunday, July 21 • 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Alternatives to Policing 4: Transformative Justice
How do we respond to violence within our own communities without relying on the police, prisons, or other state systems? This educational interactive event will offer a basic introduction to and overview of the core concepts of transformative justice. It will be a space for participants to begin thinking about community-based responses to violence. Sliding scale donations will support the continued work of the Alternatives to Policing Coalition. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Co-sponsored by First Congregational Church of Oakland, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Oakland Peace Center.
Location: First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St. Oakland
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 • 6:45 – 9:00 pm
Introduction to SURJ
Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? Come learn about our current work and activities. You’ll hear about SURJ's pathways for entering the work, including committee work, upcoming workshops, and events. We'll answer your questions and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice. Please RSVP - space is limited. ASL interpretation will be provided if requested by 5:00 pm on Sunday, August 4th by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Loper Chapel, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Sponsorship 101 Webinar: How You Can Help Migrants Coming to the Bay Area
The images are jarring. Immigrant kids in cages. No room to lie down. No running water. Immigrant detention centers are the concentration camps of our time. Our duty is to #CloseTheCamps and give respite to and welcome those who have had to endure them. Join SURJ Bay Area and the Asylum Seekers Sponsorship Project for an informational "webinar" - an internet conference call - to find out how you can sponsor (host) and/or accompany folks who have arrived in the current migratory wave. Please register in advance for either of these webinars:
• Friday July 19, 2019, at 7:00 PM P/T
• Saturday July 20, 2019, at 10:00 AM P/T
Please be sure to download the free Zoom app so you can fully participate in the call. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Know Your Local Immigration Hotline Numbers
Via Bay Resistance: In light of the recent news, we want to make sure that everyone is informed and prepared. Learn the phone number for your local emergency immigration hotline and call if you see any ICE activity. It's important to verify before publicizing any information; spreading misinformation about possible raids can bring unnecessary panic and stress to our communities. Find your county's hotline number, and please share widely. #PowerNotPanic #AbolishICE
Check Out these Updated SURJ Bay Area Policy Priorities for 2019
SURJ Bay Area's Policy Working Group is working in service to, and in collaboration with our people of color-led partner organizations that work on legislative advocacy. In this update, we look at some of the bills that have successfully crossed-over to their second house (California Assembly or Senate), hopefully on their way to the governor’s desk. Learn more about the organizations we partner with and the bills we're actively supporting. You can be part of this effort by adding your name to our Legislative Action List.
Friday, July 12 • 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Lights for Liberty: Marysville - Shut Down the Last NorCal Detention Center!
Come to Marysville! SURJ Sacramento and Rural SURJ of NorCal need our support! They, along with a dozen other groups, are organizing a vigil at the Yuba County Jail which is contracted with ICE to detain approximately 170 immigrants and is the last remaining detention center in Northern California. The mobilization is part of the national day of protest, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, which will bring thousands of people to detention camps across the country, into the streets, and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. Bring a sign or an electric candle. Carpools are being organized from Oakland's MacArthur BART station between 3:30 and 4:30 (it’s a 2.5 hour drive). Sign up if you need a ride or can drive HERE. Spread the word!
Location: Yuba County Jail, 200 - 216 6th St. Marysville
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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