SURJ has developed a few resources in order to help folks navigate conversations with family and friends over "Thanksgiving." We're also excited to collaborate with our friends at Color of Change on a few new resources -- you can find everything below!
- Thanksgiving toolkit: Developed by SURJ’s Indigenous Solidarity Working Group in partnership with Indigenous comrades, this toolkit helps dismantle some of the myths around the “holiday” and offers concrete ways to take action in solidarity with Indigenous communities.
- Call to action: Indigenous organizers are calling on all of us to help protect millions of acres of Indigenous land (some under ‘public domain’) in Alaska and the Southwest from oil and gas exploitation. Check out the Gwich'in Steering Committee who will be leading a delegation to Washington, DC, to hold a week of action on December 5-12 to protect Arctic Wildlife Refuge and Gwich’in Homelands. The week of actions coincides with FrackOff Greater Chaco's call to action to protect Greater Chaco Canyon. Follow The Red Nation for updates and ways to support.
- Holiday hotline: Ever hear of the “Butterball hotline”? Rather than offering advice on whether you’ve undercooked a turkey and potentially poisoned your family, SURJ’s hotline offers a way to get some quick talking points to help you stay in tough conversations with family members, whether about Thanksgiving, immigration, #MeToo, or more. Just text SOS to 82623 in order to get started!
- Color of Change video (featuring Matt McGorry) and “Bold Conversations” toolkit: We all know that it's hard to have conversations with family members we disagree with -- and it's extra-challenging when many of us are taught that we have to "win" those conversations in order to be effective. We’re thrilled to collaborate with Color of Change on a video featuring actor and SURJ Connector Matt McGorry to help encourage those conversations, and a "Bold Conversations" guide that offers tips on how to have transformative conversations for the long-haul.
- SURJ Families resources: Over the past few years, some brilliant parents in the SURJ network have pulled together a wide range of resources to help support parents struggling with how to push back on the teacher that wants their student to “adopt a Native name” or to play “pin the tail on the turkey” in class this week. We’ve pulled those resources together on our website to help support parents around Thanksgiving and around other holidays.
- White supremacy culture webinar: Finally, SURJ Faith is hosting a webinar next week with Tema Okun, who helped to create a framework to describe “white supremacy culture” -- referring to the ways in which white supremacy manifests in the ways we run meetings, create workplace policies, develop patterns in faith communities, and much more. We hope you'll join us!