This has been a year of mourning the anti-Black violence that has killed so many and denied the humanity of so many more, both inside and outside the Jewish community. This High Holiday season, we come together in collective grief and with a burning desire for people of color to exist and live with dignity in our country and world. We are offering up Black Lives Matter signs and resource guides to bring the Movement for Black Lives into Jewish communities and congregations. All proceeds from the signs go to Black Lives Matter.Read more
SURJ Notes from 7.28.2015 Basebuilding Call: Using Campaigns to Broaden Your Base of White Folks Taking Action for Racial Justice
Download audio here. (Note: Call starts at 27:28 mins)
Sam Hamlin- SURJ is a national organization that organizes white people at the local level to take action for racial justice. Tonight’s conference call is part of a monthly program to build skills and learn from each other’s work. Tonight, local organizations will talk about how to organize white people for anti-racist justice through campaigns. Organizations paneling are: Nell from Ground Works in Madison, WI, Amanda with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice from NYC, Martin with European Dissent in Seattle. Then there will Q n A time and small group breakouts.Read more
SURJ Call: White People Door Knocking for Racial Justice
May 7, 2015
See our SURJ Yard Sign Frequently Asked Questions for more information on our door knocking project.
Take Action for Sandra Bland:
Call:: Call Waller County Sheriff, Glenn Smith office at 979-826-8282 and let them know you demand transparency, accountability and justice and a federal investigation. Then write the same in email directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.Read more
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.Read more
Action Steps from the Call
Give and ask your congregation to give to the joint fund for re-building burned churches.
Share a resource for a joint action kit. Resources can include: prayers, talking points for sermons, lesson plans for educational programs, parables, stories, interpretations of liturgy or religious text, etc. Please send resources for our Faith Response to Black Church Burning Action Kit to email@example.com
Join rapid response teams to support AME and other Black Churches.
- Join the PICO week of Action – July 12-18th.
More information available at www.showingupforracialjustice.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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 GatheringRead more
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.Read more
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.