1) History is full of moments when white people have been asked by leaders of color to take up this particular piece of work with other white people.
Almost fifty years ago civil rights and black liberation movement leaders called on white people to go organize other white people.
Again, in the wake of the 2008 election of Obama when people of color and white racial justice activists called on white people to step up and we created SURJ.
In 2010, white people supported domestic workers who partnered with domestic employers to support the passage of the New York State Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.
Most recently, Ferguson’s Black youth called on white people to interrupt the narrative of white supremacy.Read more
Thank you for joining the SURJ call on Ferguson on Thursday, December 4th (see notes and audio below). We had over 225 people on the call and many more who were out in the streets. Special appreciation to Alicia Garza from #BlackLivesMatter and Maurice Mitchell from Ferguson Action for joining us on the call.
As promised, here are materials and information to help you engage more white people in local actions in support of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, the people of Ferguson and NYC and the ongoing fight against systemic racism and police violence.Read more
Now is the time to show up for racial justice for Michael Brown and his family, and for Ferguson. Once again, a white police officer has been allowed to kill an unarmed Black youth without repercussions. Who will be next? Which is the next community to be turned into police state for exercising their freedom to assemble? It’s time to show up for racial justice!Read more
Where do we go from here?
Thanks to so many of you who joined us for the SURJ call on Ferguson this weekend. We got a great response from the 1,100 people who registered, more then 500 people who were on the call and many others who were unable to join. You can find notes, additional resources and an audio link to the call below.