Throughout the month of October, 2012, organizations and individuals committed to engaging white people in racial justice will join together in a series of actions designed to elevate the visibility of white people publicly asking white candidates, key media outlets and others to support racial justice instead of positions that reinforce racial and social inequities.
We believe in the potential to work together to build and strengthen the base of white people locally, regionally and nationally who can“show up” to support and partner with communities of color in moving forward shared efforts for racial equality.
Simultaneously, we are tired of the barrage of negative assumptions, assertions and allusions to people and communities of color in this election season.
During each week in October 2012, SURJ has identified a different racial justice theme that will guide our actions. SURJ will distribute a tool-kit of actions with concrete, easy action steps that will take between five minutes and an hour to complete. The actions do not need to be on the same day around the country, but actions will be linked to weekly themes.
Each week will have a different focus. Over the five weeks in October we will look at: education, the economy, immigration, prisons and voter suppression. We will also be responding to key incidents that arise over the month of October.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Any organization or individual — particularly those with a base-building strategy of engaging white people in racial justice efforts — that want to organize an action during this timeframe.
In the week focused on immigration, a local group could take pictures of their members to post on the blog highlighting Sheriff Joe Arpiaos’ record on human rights abuses arpaiodoesntspeakforme.tumblr.com.
During the week focused on voter suppression: participants could share an infographic via social media like this: www.newstaco.com/2012/04/09/voter-suppression-in-the-u-s-an-infographic.
On education issues, one action could be to use a lesson plan created by teachers highlighting key issues impacting students of color in public schools across the country.
How to be a part of October Surprise