Hello! We have less than 1 month until our conversation with Angela Davis! and also until our 10 year anniversary chapter call! Register and share the information below. We also have an important ask for your involvement against Christian Zionism in support of Palestine. The latest BOLD podcast is out and also an ask for chapters to submit ideas for local reporting on local actions in your area. Finally we have information about our Rural, Urban and Small City/Suburban working group calls. We are particularly encouraging folks who live in rural areas to get on these calls!
Join us for a call with Angela Davis!
Tuesday July 9th, 8 ET / 7 CT / 6 MT / 5 PT
Register here: bit.ly/surjangeladavis
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2703052713101503/
More information coming soon!
10 year anniversary
SURJ is turning 10 this year! We will be having a series of events that will kick off on July 14th with an all chapter call. We would like every SURJ chapter represented and all members are welcome to join.
Register here: bit.ly/surj10years
Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2283780538504737/?active_tab=about
Confront christian Zionism
Hi Everyone ~
A powerful opportunity to confront Christian Zionism is nearing and we need your help! CUFI (Christians United for Israel), which claims 5 million members, is a Christian Zionist organization. In spite of its strong political influence on the Hill, CUFI has operated largely under the radar and received little attention in comparison with groups like AIPAC, while using its political leverage to ensure ongoing U.S. support for Israel’s colonization and military occupation of Palestine.
Christian Zionism is an ideology that is deeply entrenched in white nationalism, anti-Muslim racism, anti-Semitism, and other systems of oppression. Some of you may remember that the Movement for Black Lives Vision Platform got huge blowback (and groups lost funding) over their unequivocal support for Palestinian rights and self-determination.
FOSNA, in partnership with JVP, AMP, SURJ-Faith, USCPR, and others, is holding a direct action, Rise Against Racism: Counter CUFI, which will happen July 7- 8 in Washington D.C.
Linda Sarsour and other prominent people of faith will be supporting the action at a panel on Sunday, which will be followed by a direct action training and the action. For those who have participated in trainings before or actions, there are lots of roles and this is a great opportunity to participate in organic escalated direct action directly in solidarity with Palestinians.
We are asking that chapters support actively recruit folx to come to DC and sponsor those who wish to go and don’t have the means.
You can support the action by:
Please contact Anne Dunlap at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff Ordower LT member, at email@example.com with any questions or to make a time to talk.
Update 1: Reform LA Campaign
For this months SURJ Organizing Stories: Down to the Nitty Gritty, we hear from Ash Overton, SURJ campaign manager who is working closely with LA SURJ affiliate White People for Black Lives on the Reform LA campaign. The interview talks about some of the overview of the campaign which is a broad multi-racial coalition, and the role that WP4BL and SURJ will be playing to move white people to vote for the ballot initiative in March 2020.
Watch the trailer
Watch the full interview
EPISODE 3: Wow! We cover a lot of ground on the new BOLD podcast...an interview with Taina Vargas-Edmond (FB: @Taina Vargas-Edmond / IG: @tainaangeli / Twitter: @tainaangeli) of Initiate Justice (FB: @Initiate Justice / IG: @Initiatejustice / Twitter: @Initiatejustice) and Ivette Alé (FB: Ivette Ale / IG: @hi_femme) of CURB (FB: Californians United for a Responsible Budget / IG: @CURBprisons / Twitter: @CURBprisons). Also, a powerful piece by Rahsaan Thomas, an incarcerated organizer fighting for the right to vote. Check the pod on mass incarceration and radical futures. https://soundcloud.com/ms_werd/bold-e03-mixdown/s-2difO
Submit your action ideas to us for our reports from the field section! Do you have a local action coming up that you would like highlighted on this national podcast? Submit your suggestion here!
rural, urban, small city/suburban calls!
Rural Calls are particularly open for anyone who is connected to SURJ you do not need to be part of a chapter to be on the rural calls. We are looking for anyone who is currently trying to do SURJ work in rural areas. Please join us!
June 19th at 8 ET / 5 PT
Every 3rd wednesday.
Here is the FB event;
July 8th at 8 ET / 5 PT
Every 2nd Monday
Every 4th Wednesday