Looking for Chapter Coaches

SURJ is looking to bring on a few additional chapter coaches to join our team of folks who are supporting chapters across the network. Chapter coaches work part-time to support a number of chapters assigned to them based on geographical region. More on the coaching positions can be found below!

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Drop the Charges!

On August 12, 2017, white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, intent on inciting racist violence in that community. When anti-racist protesters showed up to oppose the "Unite the Right" rally, white supremacists attacked -- unleashing violence that wounded many and killed protester Heather Heyer.

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Organizing Training Announced!

SURJ is excited to announce a 5-week online course on organizing and campaigns, starting on April 2nd.

Who is this course meant for? This training is designed for folks practicing leadership or will be moving into leadership in SURJ chapters. We are encouraging people who are actively working on organizing campaigns or folks who are interested in helping their chapter shift their work to include and center working on organizing campaigns. 

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SURJ Is Hiring Organizers!

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is hiring for four open positions -- Southern Regional Organizer and Listening Project Organizer. Click here for more details on the Southern Regional Organizer position, click here for more about the Listening Project Organizer position, and click here for more info on the "Good Night, Alt-Right" Organizer position!

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Harvey Relief

For those interested in supporting people in and around Houston who are waking up to devastation from Harvey each day, there are a few options below for how you can do that *directly* and without going through nonprofit organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army, which have questionable distribution practices.

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Undermine Support for Muslim Ban

Over the weekend and into this week, Trump’s Muslim ban sparked protests across the country in huge cities and small towns. Many of us who participated were energized by being in action and space with others who share our values. Others of us who watched were inspired to take bolder action the next time Trump issues a repressive Executive Order.

Yet, polls released this week show that more Americans support the ban than oppose it.

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SURJ Organizing Training

In the months since Trump has been elected, we have seen amazing mobilization across the country. However, we know that in these critical times, also we need to be digging into organizing--the process of building power for a multi-racial movement led by folks of color that transforms the system of white supremacy.

 SURJ is offering a week long organizing training to provide skills to increase our ability to shift power for the long haul and have impact in our communities. 

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Art for the Resistance

There's much that we don't know about what the resistance ahead will look like with Trump in office and a Cabinet full of racist, misogynist, transphobic, xenophobic millionaires and billionaires. What we do know is that art and artists have always paved a path forward for resistance, and we're thrilled to share some of the pieces created by Micah Bazant and Kate Deciccio in this moment.

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SURJ's Theory of Change

In recent years, the leadership of and action by the Movement for Black Lives, Latinx communities, Indigenous communities, and other movement groups led by people of color have politicized millions of people around race. Many of those who are white have found SURJ as a home from which to act and as a result, we have grown exponentially over the last two years.

We've spent the last several months struggling to get clearer on our role in the movement, our theory of change, and the strategies we're using now and hope to explore as we move forward.

We don't have all the answers, and we know we're not the only ones trying to figure them out. We know that we are going to make mistakes along the way, and we're confident our thinking will shift and grow over time by being in the work. We share our thinking below on our theory of change with a lot of humility and openness to feedback.
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Continue Resistance to the Dakota Pipeline

This week brought welcome news in the ongoing struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) as the federal government acknowledged that the the permitting process failed to meet the Standing Rock Sioux’s rights. The acknowledgement came after months of brave direct action and as public pressure built. However, the fight is far from over. 

 

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