In 2015, SURJ launched a door knocking project to support groups who wanted to canvass in white neighborhoods about the movement for Black Lives. Since then, over 80 groups have led door-knocking projects in their communities.
This summer, SURJ is supporting chapters across the country who want to hit the streets and bring more white people into the fight for racial justice through door-knocking.
Check out our new SURJ Canvassing Toolkit here for support setting goals, building a team, choosing where to canvass, training canvassers, sample scripts and more.
Join SURJ chapters across the country every other Tuesday at 8 EST, starting June 21st for a canvassing check-in! You'll be able to share out what you're accomplishing, receive coaching on any roadblocks and challenges, and learn from what other chapters.
Below are a series of resources for folks who want to start a door knocking project in their community. If you have questions or want to talk to connect with someone else in SURJ who has done this before, email our organizing director Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share feedback with us on your experience, learnings and suggestions for other chapters!
SURJ is working with The Gloo Factory, a local union printer in Tucson, Arizona to produce and distribute yard signs. You can order signs and stickers directly through their website. Click here to place your order.
$14 for 1 sign, includes shipping.
$65 for 10 signs, includes shipping.
$275 for 50 signs, includes shipping
$80 for box of 50 metal H stakes, includes shipping.
For higher bulk orders, contact our printer directly at email@example.com. All proceeds for the Black Lives Matter yard signs go to #BlackLivesMatter. All proceeds from the I heart my Muslim Neighbor yard signs go to the Arab American Association of NY.
If you’d prefer to print the signs in your town, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the image file. We encourage folks to use people of color-owned and union print shops.
Scripts: What to Say on the Doors
Below are scripts from SURJ groups across the country. Feel free to use, adapt, or create your own.
SURJ has established a revolving fund for chapters who want to canvass without the seed money to order signs.
In order to apply, you must have a plan for reimbursing the fund. Other chapters have thrown house parties, passed the hat at meetings over a series of months, and most have asked for money as they were canvassing.
To apply, please send an email to the Organizing Director, Erin at email@example.com with your name, contact information, amount requested and your plan for raising the funds to reimburse the fund.