Monday, October 8 • Today is Indigenous Peoples' Day!
This morning from 6:00 - 8:00 am, hundreds of people gathered on Alcatraz Island to commemorate 536 years of Indigenous resistance and survival. Other activities happening today:
12:00 - 3:00 pm • Celebration of San Francisco's 1st Indigenous Peoples' Day
The program will include Ohlone, Pomo, Tule River, Hawaiian, Aztec and intertribal dance, drum, music, and presenters.
Location: Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Streets, San Francisco.
4:00 - 7:00 pm • How California’s Indigenous Peoples are Healing their Communities
Speakers from California’s Indigenous Tribal Nations include Corrina Gould, (Ohlone) on Sogorea Te Land Trust and others, plus a screening of the film, Gold Greed and Genocide.
Location: Friendship House of American Indians, 56 Julian Ave. San Francisco
4:30 - 6:30 pm • Film Screening of The Eagle and The Condor: From Standing Rock with Love
In the aftermath of the 2016-17 Standing Rock Action Camps, water protectors rely on ceremony to heal our modern world and confront the violence of resource extraction. See trailer here.
Location: University of California, Berkeley, Barros Hall, Room 60
Wednesday, October 10 to Tuesday November 6
Rise Up for Rent Control: Phonebank and Canvass for Prop 10
SURJ Bay Area has endorsed Prop 10 (the Affordable Housing Act), which will be on the ballot this November. Prop 10 will help stop displacement by making it easier for cities and towns to pass strong rent control laws. Join us for as we canvass and phonebank to tell our neighbors about the importance of voting Yes on Prop 10. Each event will start with a short training.
Phonebanking Dates: October 10, 24, and 30. Please bring a laptop and phone; dinner will be provided. RSVP here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for North & West Oakland location info.
Canvass Dates: Every Saturday until November 6 in West Oakland - RSVP here
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Saturday, October 13 • 1:00 - 2:00 pm
SURJ Racial Justice Story Time
Sponsored by SURJ Bay Area Youth and Families Committee and led by a variety of educators, activists, and community partners, Racial Justice Story Time engages the whole family with children’s books and activities to help spark conversations about race and social justice issues. This event is best suited for kids ages 2-8, but all are welcome. Snacks will be provided. This event is free, but please RSVP to email@example.com.
Location: Oakland Public Library (Rockridge Branch), 5366 College Ave. Oakland
Friday, October 19 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Renters Rising for the Fall of Costa Hawkins
Join ACCE Action for a night with some of the Bay Area's most legendary artists, coming together to Repeal Costa Hawkins! Performers include Kev Choice, Jennifer Johns, Noñameko, Josh Healey, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Xavier Toscano, and many others. Tickets are $15 to support Prop 10 in the face of billionaires trying to stop the fall of Costa-Hawkins. More info - get tickets here.
Location: Complex Oakland, 420 14th St. Oakland
Saturday, October 20 • 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Immigrant Justice Movements in the Time of Trump
Hosted by Catalyst Project, this interactive intensive training is designed to support non-immigrants to take strategic, effective and accountable collective action in solidarity with immigrant communities toward the end of deportations, detentions, and discrimination. In the training, we will examine the history and context of immigration and white supremacy, and then move into application: assessing and challenging citizenship privilege in your work, and organizing in your local context. Pre-registration is required. The workshop costs $75.00 per participant; with a sliding scale fee of $25 to $150. Half the fees go to PODER, a grassroots Latino immigrant justice group in San Francisco. More details here.
Location: Oakstop, 1721 Broadway, #201, Oakland
Sunday, October 28 • 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Racial Justice Book Club
SURJ Marin invites you to their 2nd monthly book club, where attendees discuss books that center race, racism, privilege and racial justice. The book this month is So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo. In this New York Times bestseller, Oluo explores the complex reality of today's racial landscape — from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement — offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide.
Location: Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St, Sausalito
Monday, October 29 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm
SURJ Revisiting Reparations Workshop
What are the origins of the racial wealth gap and how can we leverage wealth to undermine, rather than support, the structures of white supremacy? SURJ’s Fundraising Committee will provide historical context, map the limitations of existing institutional financial support for racial justice, and engage participants to rethink their own access to wealth, networks, and other resources in an effort to develop a "reparations mindset." Tickets are sliding scale $15 - $100. No one turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds go to support one or more of our partner organizations led by people of color.
Location: To be announced, Oakland
Wednesday, November 7 • 6:45 - 9:00 pm
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 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.
Location: Sierra Club, 2101 Webster St. Suite 1300, Oakland
Change the Name of the Dixie School District in Marin County
SURJ Marin is calling on people across the Bay Area to demand that the name of San Rafael's Dixie School District be changed. Established during the Civil War, the district’s first schoolhouse was built by several pro-confederacy residents who named it Dixie in defiance of those in the area who were pro-Northern. Visit the Change The Name website to learn more and add your name to the list of public supporters. Here you'll also find suggested actions you can take — from writing a letter to the Dixie School District Board of Trustees to suggesting a new name for the school district. Folks are also being encouraged to attend the next school board meeting on October 9 at 7:00 pm. Location: 380 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael.
SURJ Faith: National Invitation to Prophetic Imagination
SURJ’s national campaign to involve faith communities in ending police terror is underway and you can get involved! 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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