Tuesday, May 8 • 6:50 - 9:00 pm
Film Screening, Lost For Life, About Juveniles Sentenced to Life in Prison
The 2500 juveniles who have been sentenced to life without parole are the focus of a powerful new film, Lost For Life. In the U.S. today, more than 2,500 individuals are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed when they were 17 years old or younger, including some as young as age 13. Sponsored by UnCommon Law and Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, the film showing includes a post-screening discussion with Tinisch Hollins and Garry Malachi Scott from the Bay Area Chapter of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice. Purchase tickets here.
Location: The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St. Oakland
Thursday, May 10, 2018 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Displacement & Gentrification: How Did We Get Here and How Do We Stop It?
Gentrification comes up constantly in the Bay Area, but few of us feel equipped to take action against it. Is it inevitable? What can we do now to prevent displacement? Berkeley City Councilmember Cheryl Davila is hosting this SURJ workshop which will put gentrification and displacement in a historical context so we understand the racialized political and economic drivers. You'll hear about past and current struggles led by communities of color to preserve their homes and communities. Suggested donation of $5 - $20 to benefit Causa Justa::Just Cause.
Location: Neyborly, The Poet's Corner, 2043 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley
Thursday, May 10 • 10:30 am & Saturday, May 12 • 5:30 pm
We Come for Ours, Black Mama's Bail-out
Today, money bail stands in the way of Mamas being home with their families. As we fight to end the predatory bail industry and bail system across California, we are also fighting every day to bring our loved ones home immediately. Join Essie Justice Group and Young Women's Freedom Center as we celebrate Black Mamas coming home in Oakland this Mother’s Day. Between May 10 - May 12, there will be two events where you can support Black Mama's coming coming home:
Can't make it to an event? Make a donation to National Bail Out, a collective of Black organizers who are committed to building a community-based movement to end pretrial detention and ultimately end mass incarceration.
Saturday, May 12 • 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Palestinian Cultural Event: Our Power, Our Resilience, Our Resistance
On the 70th anniversary of the occupation of Palestinian lands, come out for an afternoon of cultural performances, an oral history project, and children’s activities. The family-friendly event kicks off of week of events to commemoration Nakba, 70 years of Palestinian resistance and resilience, which include:
Monday, May 14 • 2:00 pm
Poor People’s Campaign Non-Violent Direct Action in Sacramento
A National Call for Moral Revival is launching a massive movement to address the crisis of poverty, racism, militarism, and ecological devastation. Every week for six weeks, people from across the country will congregate at over 30 state capitals to raise awareness about the ways they are affected by these interlocking crisis and participate in civil disobedience to withdraw their consent from a status quo that doesn’t prioritize the basic rights and needs of humans.
Location: State Capitol, 1315 10th St. Sacramento
Wednesday May 30, 2018 • 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Introduction to SURJ
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 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. Share and RSVP here.
Location: Sierra Club • 2101 Webster St., 13th floor, Oakland
Sunday, June 3 • 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
SURJ Peninsula Chapter invites you to an interactive forum with author and long-time Bay Area organizer for racial, economic and gender justice, Paul Kivel. He’ll be offering a framework to understand racism within personal relationships, institutions, and culture. The event is free but please RSVP. Donations will be collected for the Real Community Coalition, a grassroots group organizing against gentrification and criminalization in East Palo Alto.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2124 Brewster Ave. Redwood City
Spring Internships Available at Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is a statewide coalition of 70 grassroots organizations, including SURJ, working to reduce the number of people in prisons and jails, shrinking the imprisonment system, and shifting public spending from corrections and policing to human services. CURB is seeking interns who'll gain experience in research, outreach, grassroots organizing, media campaigns, coalition and movement building, public education, policy advocacy and social justice work. Learn more here.
New Film about Initiate Justice Co-Founder: The Feminist on Cellblock YThe Feminist on Cellblock Y, a new documentary showcasing the anti-patriarchy work being led from inside by Initiate Justice co-founder Richie Reseda, has been released by CNN. Initiate Justice works to build the power of currently and formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones. Check out the film and learn about the intersectional movement-building taking place from inside prison walls! Watch it here.
Support the 2018 National Black Mama’s National Bail Out
National Black Mama’s Bail Out is a coordinated effort by more than a dozen organizations to reunite families on Mother's Day and bring attention to the true costs of money bail and mass incarceration. In dozens of cities across the country, the campaign will bail out as many mothers as possible who otherwise would spend Mother’s Day in a cell simply because they cannot afford bail. Make a donation to help bring mothers home!
Join the SURJ - Faith National Campaign
Invitation to Prophetic Imagination: Community Safety for All
SURJ - Faith is organizing a national campaign that asks faith/spiritual communities to examine their relationship to policing and police violence. This campaign is an act of accountability to people of color who are asking white people to join them in imagining and taking action toward a world without policing. It's also aligned with the Vision for Black Lives. Learn more about the campaign. There are also resources and information that people can share with their faith communities.
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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