Wednesday, March 11 • 5:00 pm
SURJ Webinar: Charlene Carruthers - A Black Queer Feminist Lens Gets Us All Free
National SURJ's monthly webinar features Charlene Carruthers, a strategist, writer, and leading community organizer in today’s movement for Black liberation. She is the founder of the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation and author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements. She also previously served as National Director for Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100).
Location: Online, Register for the webinar here.
Saturday, March 14 • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Human Billboard: Oppose & Expose Amazon's Connection to ICE
We are gathering to say: Stop Supporting Family Separation, Detention, and Deportation! We won’t pay our grocery money into ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) violence! We will not feed ourselves and our families on white supremacy! Whole Foods is owned by Amazon and Amazon has major contracts with ICE and Custom Border Patrol. We will be outside Whole Foods with signs and banners, handing flyers to customers about the ICE-Amazon connection, providing alternatives to using Amazon, and asking them to call the Whole Foods and Amazon CEOs to cut ties with ICE. Join us to say NO to the normalization of Amazon/ICE in our communities.
Location: Whole Foods, 230 Bay Place, Oakland
Sunday, March 15 • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
SURJ Workshop: What White People Don't See: Applying the Lens of Privilege
Note location change!
You believe in making a difference, but when it comes to racial justice, are your actions aligned with your beliefs? The work begins with looking in the mirror. Without intentional learning and reflection, white people may uphold beliefs and systems that perpetuate injustice. Join SURJ for an intimate and interactive workshop in which we will unpack how whiteness has shaped our lives and discuss how white people who care can take action for racial justice. Sliding Scale $15 - $65. No one turned away for lack of funds. ASL will be provided if requested by 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 12. Learn more and get tickets.
Location: Movement Strategy Center, 436 14th Street, Suite 500, Oakland
Sunday, March 15 • 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Alternatives to Policing Workshop: Deep Culture
This workshop is part of a series to develop the skills to reduce reliance on policing that is often harmful to our community members. Led by Patricia St. Onge of Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching, this workshop will identify elements of white supremacy culture and police and law enforcement culture. Then attendees will engage with just transition culture. Finally, they’ll examine the cultures of our own organizations and map them toward a just transition, imagining together some steps in that journey.
Location: First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St. Oakland
Wednesday, March 18 • 6:45 – 9:00 pm
Intro to SURJ Bay Area
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 will hear about SURJ's 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. There will be a speaker from the Anti Police-Terror Project, a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color.
Location: Restore Oakland, 1419 34th Ave. Oakland
Saturday, March 21 • 9:00 – 10:30 am
SURJ Contra Costa Discussion: White Benefits, Middle-class Privilege
It’s not necessarily a privilege to be white, but it certainly has its benefits. Privileges are the economic extras those of us who are middle-class and wealthy gain at the expense of the poor and working-class people of all races. Benefits, on the other hand, are the advantages all white people gain at the expense of people of color regardless of economic position. Join SURJ Contra Costa County for a discussion of this important topic.
Location: Mt Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley, Walnut Creek
March 24 – May 14 • Weekly Meetings • Choice of Days
SURJ Study & Action 8-Week Series
Are you looking for a learning community to challenge racism? Do you want to learn more so that you can become a resource for your community? Would you like to find out how to take action locally and be accountable? Join us as we examine white supremacy and resistance movements to build skills to challenge racism and take action in our communities. Through weekly reading and facilitated groups, we study the histories and systems of that which we resist, we deepen our understanding of injustice, and learn to take strategic, effective action to dismantle white supremacy and support Black and people of color-led organizations fighting for racial justice. Learn more about Study & Action here. It's free, but you must RSVP for your choice of 1 of 3 days for weekly meetings: Tuesdays - register here. Wednesdays - register here. Thursdays - register here.
Location: In the East Bay - provided upon registration
Sunday, March 29 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Introduction to SURJ Marin
Come learn about SURJ Marin and how you, as a white person, can get involved in the movement for racial justice in Marin County. SURJ Marin engages white people to dismantle systems of white supremacy and join the ongoing multiracial movement for racial justice. The work is informed by relationships of accountability with local Black, Indigenous, People of Color organizations and community leaders.
Location: Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Rd. San Rafael
Support Arab Youth: Save Ethnic Studies
California is about to make an extremely consequential decision about what kind of state we are. Will it institute an ethnic studies curriculum that uplifts the stories of all communities of color, or reject one that includes Arab Americans — bending to the desires of pro-Israel groups who simply don't agree? Under tremendous pressure, the fate of Arab Americans in our textbooks is currently being decided upon by our state electeds. But if we act now — making our demands for inclusion and justice clear — we can still save ethnic studies in our state and set a historic precedent for the country. Learn more and send a letter to your representative here.
Nashville Tornado Relief
Nashville residents are trying to put their lives back together after tornadoes left our city and much of Middle Tennessee devastated. North Nashville, the last stronghold of historically Black neighborhoods in the city, was among the hardest areas hit. The Equity Alliance is providing residential relief and education efforts in North Nashville to assess the needs of residents home-by-home, and working with attorneys, real estate developers, banking and insurance professionals to help residents make informed decisions about how to deal with their property damage and loss. We are raising money specifically to continue this advocacy work on behalf of North Nashville and meet the financial needs of residents as they rebuild their lives after this traumatic event. Contributions will go towards gift cards, gas cards, rent assistance, and ongoing advocacy to prevent predatory redevelopment. Contribute here.
Show Your Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation
A proposed agreement on land rights and title has been reached between Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and Canadian government ministers, bringing an end and tentatively resolving a longstanding dispute over the First Nation’s traditional territory. But the “arrangement” reportedly does not apply to the Coastal GasLink pipeline, meaning the contentious project is still going ahead as planned for now. Keep on top of updates as international solidarity continues to demand an end to the pipeline project. Check in at the Unist’ot’en website where you can also download the Supporter Toolkit. Show your support for this struggle by donating to their legal fund.
Tell Syracuse University to punish hate crimes, not peaceful protest
Since November, student protestors have been trying to get the administration at Syracuse to take action against the hate crimes occurring on campus. The situation is so dire that the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, attempted to intervene, demanding accountability from Chancellor Kent Syverud. Despite these actions, the administration refuses to make changes to increase transparency around, and accountability for, hate crimes happening on campus. Learn more and send a letter to the university.
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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