SURJ Calls and Trainings: 2017

Below is a list of SURJ national calls and trainings that are open to our base. The list will be updated as we schedule. In some cases, the date is held, but the registration link isn't live yet. Please check back frequently for updated information! 

To request closed captioning for any of these calls, please email at least 24 hours before the call.  

SURJ also hosts all-chapter calls every other Friday at noon EST. These calls are open to folks practicing leadership in SURJ chapters.  Registration information is sent over the local leads email list serve. If you need a registration link, please email 

New chapter orientations are held weekly on Thursdays at 6:00 EST. Registration is required. 

January 2017 

January 24th, 8 EST: Poor and Working Class Organizing Call. Focus on base building. By and for poor and working class people. Folks with class privilege are asked not to participate. Register here. Call is 1 hour. 

January 26th, 8 EST: Class Cultures and Social Movements: What's your chapter's class culture? Join SURJ and author of "Missing Class" Betsy Leandor Write for a workshop on the traits different economic classes bring to organizing, and how to shift our norms to support the leadership of poor and working class people within SURJ. This is a cross-class call, everyone is welcome to join. Call is 1 hour. Register here. 

February 2017 

February 1st at 8 EST. SURJ and Security Culture. This call will share SURJ's orientation to security, share some best practices and offer space for chapters to share with each other the practices they are using. Call is 1 hour. Register here

February 7th at 8:00 EST: Class Privilege Call - Facilitating Class Conversations. Join other SURJ leaders with class privilege (middle class, owning and ruling class folks) to talk about supporting courageous conversations about class in our chapters. We will review facilitation guides and activities you can use to surface class in your chapter and have space for folks to ask questions of and share with each other. Register here. 

February 9th at 8:00 EST. Power Research Training. This call will dig into concrete tools to research targets for actions and organizing campaigns. Join the Public Accountability Initiative to learn the nuts and bolts of campaign research to support your chapter's work and learn more about the launch of SURJ's research working group. This call will build on the research call in January, but it's not required that you particaipted in the first call to join this one.  Call is 1 hour. 

February 21st at 8:00 EST - Political Education - Racism 101. This workshop is meant for people who are new to anti-racist work and interested in the basics: what is racism, how it operates, what is white privilege, what do we mean when we use the words “white supremacy,” and what can we do about it. We will also share a facilitation guide for chapter leaders to be able to bring this workshop back to their chapters. Register here

February 28th at 8:00 EST: Poor and Working Class Call.  This is the regular Poor and Working Class call - by and for poor and working class people. Call is 1 hour, register here

March 2017

March 1st at 8:00 EST: Organizing in the Suburbs Call is 1 hour, register here.

March 2nd at 8:00 EST: Class and Racial Justice - Join this call to explore the connections between class and racial justice work. Call is 1 hour, register here. 

March 7th at 8:00 EST: Creating Winning Dakota Access Pipeline Divestment Campaigns - Join a call organized by NoDAPL solidarity that will bring together organizers from successful and ongoing divestment campaigns, including leaders from the Seattle Wells Fargo Divestment Campaign.  It will feature intersectional campaigns that center Indigenous sovereignty and prison abolition, among other issues.  There will also be speakers who have faced foreclosure or been abused frontline bank workers. The speakers will share skills and resources that you can use in your cities or institutions and will include information on how to connect DAPL divestment to local divestment initiatives. Register here. 

March 9th at 8:00 EST: Anne Braden and the Lessons for Today's Struggles: Cate Fosl, Anne Braden's biographer and director of the Anne Braden Institute at University of Louisville will lead a conversation about Anne’s 1940s- 1970s efforts to reach white women about the struggle to end white supremacy, why she saw the work for racial justice as key to liberation for all of us, and the critical role of the South in the struggle for beloved community. Call is 1 hour, register here

March 15th at 8:00 EST: Urban Solidarity with Rural Communities - This call will discuss the ways that urban organizers can work in solidarity with rural communities. Call is 1 hour, register here. 

March 16th at 8:00 EST: Class Cultures Call - Part 2! Join us for a discussion with author, activist, and scholar Betsy Leondar-Wright for a discussion about how differences in class cultures can create conflict, as well as ideas for bridging class differences. Call is 1 hour, register here. 

March 21st at 8:00 EST: Political Education: Taking Action. SURJ talks about the importance of taking action for racial justice. What does that mean exactly? What is useful action, how does action relate to education, what is it for and how does it fit into our movement for social change. Call is 1 hour, Register here.

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