Last year, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) made a commitment to centering and supporting the leadership and organizing of poor and working-class communities. Since then, we've taken steps to begin making good on that commitment. In the coming year, you will see us dedicating resources, time, and tools to support the crucial organizing work of poor and working-class folks across the SURJ network.
Today we are proud to announce another milestone in that journey - we've hired a full-time organizer to support, expand and deepen poor and working-class leadership at SURJ.
We are thrilled to announce that Zoë Williams will be joining us next week as an organizer. In their role, they will be working to support existing poor and working-class leadership within SURJ, support grassroots campaign development, expand SURJ's base of poor and working-class white folks, and create more leadership development opportunities for poor and working-class folks doing anti-racist work.
Zoë is a long-time community organizer living in Denver, Colorado. They have worked on campaigns for racial, economic, reproductive, disability, and queer/trans justice. For the past four years, they have worked as the Lead Transit Justice Organizer at 9to5 Colorado. Over the past year, Zoë has served on the SURJ Families leadership group, run the SURJ Holiday Hotline, generated multiple organizing toolkits, supported chapters in taking direct action, and worked on expanding SURJ's commitment to poor and working-class white people. In addition to organizing, Zoë is passionate about herbalism, Harry Potter, and punk rock.
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