Action Resources for White Faith Leaders Against the Burning of Black Churches

“My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city.”–Lamentations 2:11 

SURJ is co-sponsoring the national Week of Righteous Resistance (WORR) beginning on Sunday, July 12 and ending on Saturday, July 18th.   

Please join SURJ by organizing or participating in one or more of the following actions. 

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How to Start a SURJ Chapter Call- Action steps and notes

Action steps and links for the call:

Sign up here if you want to form a chapter of SURJ or affiliate your group with SURJ.

Check out our Chapter and Affiliate Organizing Kit- how to set up chapter, has agenda for first meeting, how to pull people together, accountability.

You can find our values on our website.

Click here to see our current chapters and affiliate groups map

For the history of SURJ and our vision for our work, Check out this interview with SURJ leaders.

To find out more about our door-knocking project, check out the notes from our training call on door-knocking here.

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Next Steps from 7/2 Call for White Faith Leaders against the Burning of Black Church

Action Steps from the Call

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5 Ways You Can Show up for Racial Justice (by not going to Cleveland)


“We all have a role in this movement. There's no better work a white person committed to justice can do than confront anti-black racism in their communities, workplaces, and within themselves. Just like it's vitally important that Black people organize our people, conscious white folks need to organize their communities."

-- Waltrina Middleton - Cleveland Action, a member of the Host Committee for the Movement for Black Lives Gathering

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Start a Local SURJ

SURJ Charleston

All over the country, people are rising against racism to build a better world. In wake of Charleston, it is clear that now, more than ever, white folks are needed to organize white communities for racial justice. If you want to start a new group to organize white people for racial justice in your area, join us for our New Groups and New Organizing call on Wednesday, July 1, at 6pm PT/7pm MT/8pm CT/9pm ET.

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Notes from Mutual Interest Basebuilding Call

Notes from SURJ Basebuilding Call: Organizing from a place of mutual interest

June 23, 2015

Click here for call recording. (Call starts at: 30:44 mins)


Carla Wallace, SURJ

Welcome to the call.  SURJ, national network of groups and individuals committed to organizing white people for racial justice. Basebuilding Team, national SURJ team,  organizes monthly calls to workshop issues, challenges that are coming up from local organizing. Supports groups in building capacity to bring more people into work.

 -A core SURJ Organizing Value is on Mutual Interest. We are excited to be talking about this and learning from each other about this value today.  We will have a panel of folks engaging in organizing white people from a place of mutual interest around the country, and time for you to engage with them and with one another. 



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It's a Movement Moment

All of us at SURJ are still reeling in horror and deep sadness in the wake of last week’s attack at the Emanuel A.M.E Church in Charleston. Sadly, we are not shocked by this horrific event. This attack is the result of an ongoing system of structural violence against black people in this country that has been in place for hundreds of years.

We’re also hopeful and moved to action.


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Action for Charleston


seattle_vigil_2.jpgIn the wake of the massacre of nine Black Members of the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SURJ held a conference call on Friday, June 19th to offer share information and context from Charleston, share key feedback and messages for engaging and talking to other white people and steps for action.

Below is the audio recording, notes, and links to each of the next steps.

We apologize to anyone who was unable to get on the call, we only had 500 lines, and it filled up immediately.

We greatly appreciate how many people signed up and look forward to working with you more.

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SURJCharleston.jpgSURJ is horrified and saddened, though not surprised by the terrorist attack at Charleston's Emanuel A.M.E. church yesterday. This horrific attack, which tragically took the lives of nine black community members in Charleston, South Carolina, is part of a larger system of structural violence against black people in this country. As white people, we are committed to speaking up and taking action against this and other deadly attacks on black lives from the murder of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Rekia Boyd in Chicago, and so many more. Now, more than ever, we must take action to organize other white people to stand for racial justice.



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SURJ Pride Action Kit



In response to requests, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) has created a mini Pride Action Toolkit, especially for Pride week.  Although many cities integrate their commitments to LGBTQ, and fewer to people of color communities, most have not found ways to fully ground and integrate racial justice.  Intersectionality is at the heart of SURJ’s approach to working for racial justice.  Please share widely.  Let us know if you have any feedback, comments, or questions at


If your local Pride organizers have been indifferent, insensitive or hostile to including issues of racial injustice, take action! If you take an action--make sure to post it to our facebook page. Check out our action items that come in various shapes and sizes.  Pick an action or two or more that feels doable and makes sense for you to do. Remember- Stonewall was a riot!

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