Saturday, September 22 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bystander Training: Rapid Response to ICE & Law Enforcement Actions
Join us for this collaborative training between the Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership (ACILEP) and the Anti Police Terror Project (APTP). When we talk about sanctuary and community defense, we need to prepare to protect each other from all forms of state violence and create community where we can all live and thrive. That's why we're coming together to learn from each other and strengthen our work. For more information and to register, please fill out this form.
Location: Oakland Public Library, Main Branch, 125 14th Street, Oakland, CA
Saturday, September 22 • 7:00 - 9:30 pm
Colonialism Unmasked: A Commemoration of Grito de Lares
This community-sponsored event features keynote speaker, Puerto Rican human rights activist Zulma Olivares, direct from Puerto Rico, who will give an update of the present conditions and challenges facing the island one year after hurricane Maria. The event also features a selection of Puerto Rican music, poetry and a short film from Bay Area artists, activists and diasporicans committed to raising political awareness, celebrating Puerto Rican culture and advancing positive change and autonomy in Puerto Rico. Proceeds from this event will benefit grassroot efforts in Puerto Rico. Tickets $15-25 sliding scale. More info/tickets here.
Location: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Saturday, September 22 • Various times
Tell Chase and Wells Fargo: No Profits from Pain! Move Your Money Playdate
Join a family-centered action led by the #FamiliesBelongTogether Coalition. Wells Fargo and Chase banks are two of the biggest investors in the private prison companies (GEO Group and CoreCivic) that are profiting off of Trump's immigration policy, detaining families and children. They are also major investors in fossil fuel projects that endanger our children and our future. We’ll be flyering outside over 20 bank branches and talking with customers, inviting them to close their Chase and Wells Fargo bank accounts. These are kid-friendly actions you can pull off with one friend or neighbor. Sign up here or RSVP to the event for more info.
Location: Various locations around the Bay Area
Wednesday, September 26 • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
National Day of Action for Corporate Accountability
Across the country there will be actions calling on Chase and Wells Fargo to stop funding the construction of detention centers. Join a direct action at the Wells Fargo Headquarters in downtown San Francisco to deliver thousands of petition signatures gathered by MomsRising and others. This will be a kid-friendly event and we’re looking for parents with children to play a visible role. Sign up here to join in person or virtually as part of a social media team.
Location: Wells Fargo Headquarters, 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA
Sunday, September 30 • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pups for Prop 10!
Join SURJ at Point Isabel Dog Park to get the word out about Prop 10 — the Affordable Housing Act. Help give local communities the power to adopt rent control by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Accost a Paw-kins — not Costa Hawkins! (Four-legged friends and kids welcome.)
Location: 1 Isabel Street, Richmond, CA, 94804
Wednesday, October 3 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children 40th Anniversary Gala
Join us to celebrate 40 years of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) and 15 years of their project, All of Us or None. Drinks and appetizers will be followed by a conversation with civil rights attorney and legal scholar Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness; journalist, academic, author, and TV commentator Marc Lamont Hill; and advocate and attorney Vonya Quarles, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Starting Over Inc. More information and tickets available here.
Location: Scottish Rites Center, 1st Floor, Grand Ballroom, 1547 Lakeside Dr. Oakland
Saturday, October 6 • 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Blac Community Political Action Committee's East Oakland Community Gathering
Politics impacts many aspects of our lives including education, economics, housing, and healthcare. The Blac Community Political Action Committee is holding a community gathering for the East Oakland Community to ask questions and meet candidates in a family-friendly and fun atmosphere. There will be food, music, activities for children, and good conversation. The event is free and family friendly.
Location: Ira Jinkins Community Center, 9175 Edes Avenue, Oakland, CA
Sept 17 - 21 • Lunchtimes
Help Pass Vital Criminal Justice Reforms in CA
Call the Governor's Office (we'll provide the talking points)!
Vital criminal justice reform bills have made it to the Governor's desk. If we can get Jerry Brown to sign these bills they will officially become law. Join SURJ Bay Area for a statewide week of lunchtimes calls to urge the Governor to SIGN THESE BILLS. We’ll provide the scripts, you provide the calls! Click here to learn about the important bills on the Governor's desk.
Rise Up for Rent Control! Doorknock 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 as we doorknock to tell our neighbors about the importance of voting Yes on Prop 10:
Saturday, September 22: Canvass in Oakland, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, 2501 International Blvd., Oakland, CA
Sunday, September 23: Canvass in West Oakland, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, 2528 Linden Street, Oakland, CA
SURJ Faith: National Invitation to Prophetic Imagination
SURJ’s national campaign to involve faith communities in ending police terror is launching its second phase in September! 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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