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Base Building Conversations

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Over the past several months, the Basebuilding Team of SURJ has hosted conversations to the lessons of history, current challenges and collective action.  Topics have included growing a core leadership with Portland SURJ, the Lessons of Freedom Summer with Freedom Summer participants, white racial justice activists in immigration work, and the critical role of Accountability in our work. You may listen to any of these conversations by following this link. Appreciation to Maggie Potapchuk and Sean O’Neill who helped...

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Police Brutality Action Kit

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Blog, Campaigns, Police Brutality Action Kit, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Police Brutality Action Kit Created by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Click here for a PDF version of this toolkit. Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) was formed in 2009 by white people from across the US to respond to the significant increase of targeting and violence against people of color in the aftermath of the election of  Barack Obama.  The killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO; Eric Garner on Staten Island, NY; Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, CA; and John Crawford in Beavercreek, Ohio  are the latest in...

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All Out August 2: Not1More Deportation!

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in #Not1More, Archive, Blog, Campaigns | 0 comments

  Now is the time for all of us to stand up for justice for all immigrants.  President Obama recently stated that he will take action on immigration. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and Not1More Deportation are keeping up the pressure and are organizing a mass mobilization in Washington, D.C. on August 2. The national Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) action team encourages everyone to support the efforts to demand that President Obama take executive action and halt deportations now! Will you...

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SURJ Endorses #NOT1MORE Campaign: End all deportations now!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in #Not1More, Campaigns, No Room for Racism 2012 | 0 comments

On April 5th, people around the country are taking to the streets to demand an end to deportations in the United States as part of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s Not1More campaign. More than 1,000 people are deported daily, and Obama Administration’s deportation total is predicted to reach 2 million people in April. That is two million too many. As white people committed to racial justice, we hold up the leadership of communities of color who are most impacted by daily realities and violence of white...

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Justice for Trayvon Action Kit

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Blog, Campaigns, Justice for Trayvon Martin | 13 comments

Created by Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) Want to download this entire action kit as a pdf?  Click here Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) was formed in 2009 by white people from across the US to respond to the significant increase of targeting and violence against people of color in the aftermath of the election of Barack Obama. The case of George Zimmerman is the latest in a long series of extrajudicial (outside the law) killings of people of color in the United States. We mourn the loss of life, see the...

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform Toolkit

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Blog, Campaigns, Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013 | 0 comments

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Toolkit Issue at Hand There are 11 million people living in the United States without legal status. In early 2013, a group of biparistan U.S. Senator, also know as the “Gang of Eight,” introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S.744) , a comprehensive immigration reform bill. If this bill is enacted, the U.S. immigration system would undergo the largest overhaul known in recent history. The bill opens up many new pathways to...

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Immigration Reform Resource Guide

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013, Immigrant Rights, Info & Resources, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fact Sheets and Outlines NILC’s Analysis of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013: This short and straight-forward outline from the National Immigration Law Center breaks the bill into parts by theme and provides an overview of amendments as well analysis of the bills implications, piece by piece. Senate Immigration Bill: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Article from Dreamactivist.org that breaks down the ‘good, bad, and ugly’ parts of the new immigration bill. NNIRR’s...

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Immigration Detention Center Resource Guide

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013, Immigrant Rights, Info & Resources | 0 comments

REPORTS Detention Watch Network The History of Immigration Detention in the U.S. The Sentencing Project Dollars and Detainees: The Growth of For-Profit Detention The American Civil Liberties Union In Their Own Words: Enduring Abuse in Arizona Immigration Detention Centers FACT SHEETS Campaign for an Accountable, Moral, and Balanced Immigration Overhaul (CAMBIO) Immigration Reform Detention Provisions Detention Watch Network The Influence of the Private Prison Industry in the Immigration Detention...

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Connecting the Base Builders & Expanding the Base

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

–By Carla Wallace Over the past year, the Base Building Work Group of Showing Up for Racial Justice has held trainings for over 23 community based groups, aimed at helping white leaders engage more white people in racial justice work. Over 50 people from around the country came together in two trainings to strengthen their ability to grow a broader base of white people engaged in racial justice work. During the trainings, hosted by the Highlander Research and Education Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, and by White Anti...

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Inspiring the “Move” in “Movement”: A Reflection on SURJ’s Month of Action

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Blog, No Room for Racism 2012 | 2 comments

–By JLove Calderon The SURJ Action Team launched this last October with a month of action leading up the 2012 elections called NO ROOM 4 RACISM. Our hope was threefold: to inspire and engage more white folks to think, move, and act with a racial justice lens; to raise the level of white visibility in challenging racial inequities; and to expand public attention to systemic racism—particularly the racial impacts of public policies and policymakers’ actions. With little lead time but lots of heart, over 40...

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