Victory in Smoketown

Victory in Smoketown

SURJ organizers contributed to a major Black-led victory this week with the defeat of a proposed above-ground sewer runoff basin in Smoketown, a historically Black, low-income neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. Smoketown residents have been fighting the proposed facility, which was designed by the city’s Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) without regard for community input. This victory is the result of strong organizing by the impacted community, with support from Louisville SURJ and others, including Kentuckians for the Commonwealth*.

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Love is Unstoppable: Faith Action Kit

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)


May 14-15, 2016 Weekend of Action Toolkit 

Compiled by many members of SURJ’s Faith Working Group. Contact Rev. Anne Dunlap if you wish to get involved with the Faith Working Group ( Questions, Feedback, or want support with your action? Contact Rev. Cathy Rion Starr ( / 541-390-7553) 

Join (mostly) white faith communities across the country to show up for deep, fierce and abiding love for our communities and against hate and fear.

Be sure to Register your action:

1) Click here to register your action - So we know you’re planning and can support you

2) Click here to list your action on SURJ’s action page so others can find it. Click “Host an action” and create a login)

Get updates when we add more resources at the Facebook event and on the Love Is Unstoppable webpage.


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Muslim Solidarity Video Script

SURJ Muslim Solidarity Video Script

Created By Denver SURJ

(Each line can be read by a different group member)

Islamaphobia is on the rise.

Mainstream media, politicians, and law enforcement are promoting negative and harmful messages about Islam and Muslim cultures.

There are real and frightening impacts.

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Study and Struggle

Organizing to End the New Jim Crow with author Daniel Hunter

SURJ is excited to partner with author Daniel Hunter, who was commissioned by Michelle Alexander to write a companion booklet to The New Jim Crow. We're inviting SURJ groups to form action working groups, who want to explore taking action through the lens of the groups profiled in this 60-page booklet. Daniel has graciously agreed to appear on three conference calls - one for each chapter of the booklet - to discuss lessons we can take away from campaigns against mass incarceration, and he has agreed to sell & ship books to SURJ chapters at a special rate. Click here to read more about the booklet and to order copies for your SURJ group. Register by clicking on each link below. If you have questions, contact

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Rural Action, black History tool-kit, new yard signs and more

There is a LOT happening in the SURJ network right now. Here's a round-up of resources for activists and leaders. Whether you are new to SURJ or a long time chapter leader, these resources are for you.

This newsletter is a new thing we're trying. Like it? Hate it? Let us know by emailing us here.

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SURJ Black History Month Toolkit

Black histories are important for everyone. Black History month is an opportunity for us as White families to lift up the need for all children to learn Black histories, and it’s a chance to open conversations about the ways we can make history more complex, reflective and inclusive all year long. We intentionally say “histories” in recognition that history is a collection of stories and that a part of working for liberation is moving away from the idea that there is one “History.” Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie discusses this beautifully in her talk “The danger of a single story.”

There is a role for White people in calling for more, deeper and more complex engagement in Black histories.

To download the entire kit, click here.


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Blown away

Thank you SURJ community! I am blown away by the outpouring of financial support from our community in the last month. Your generous giving, as one of over 700 SURJ donors across the country, contributed to our most successful fundraising month ever. We blew away our goals, reaching 632 dues-paying members and raising over $105,000 last month! This is in addition to moving over $200,000 in 2015 to Black-led racial justice organizing through our matching ask.

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Calling our Communities: an Organizing Action Kit from ROP and SURJ

Issue at hand:

Over the past few days, we have been inundated with articles about the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building in rural Eastern Oregon. This moment didn’t come out of nowhere; the Far Right has been organizing for years and their movement only continues to grow. It is fueled by the ongoing economic crisis: job insecurity and losses and the predictable anger of working people and veterans, the vast majority of them white.

Hardest hit areas in Oregon are those where economies formerly based on resource extraction, such as logging and mining, that have not recovered from the loss of jobs in those industries, and where today the federal government regulates the use of the majority of the land in order to provide environmental protections.

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A Year in Photos

In 2015 we have been...

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7 Million

As I step away from our organizing in response to the non-indictment of the officers who killed Tamir Rice, SURJ’s goal of organizing seven million white people for racial justice seems more relevant than ever. As Assata Shakur said, ‘It is our duty to win.’ Let’s make sure we do. We need a complete transformation of White America. Let’s stand for nothing less. Please join me in investing in this work and make a tax-deductible year-end donation by joining SURJ as a member today.

       - Dara Silverman for SURJ

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