Lots of great things coming your way!
The 10 Year Anniversary of SURJ was kicked off in July with more celebration to come in September. It was a wonderful way to kick it off with a webinar with Angela Davis in the same week. We have two great webinars coming up in August with Dean Spade and Mab Segrest. Much more below!
Angela Davis Webinar
Dean Spade Webinar
Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid for Survival and Mobilization
August 15th at 8 ET / 7 CT / 6 MT / 5 PT
Invite your chapter members and friends here:
Widespread, effective social movements usually include mutual aid strategies as part of their work. Mutual aid is work that directly addresses the conditions the movement seeks to address, such as by providing housing, food, health care, or transportation in a way that draws attention to the politics creating need and vulnerability. Famous examples of mutual aid projects include the Black Panther Party's Free Breakfast Program, the Young Lords Party's hijacking of New York City's tuberculosis testing mobile unit to bring TB testing to high-risk, medically neglected neighborhoods, and feminist organizing to provide underground abortions in the 1970's. In this webinar, we will look at why mutual aid is an important part of building participatory movements, and what is difficult about mutual aid in the current political climate. We will also look at what principles and methods characterize politicized survival work and how it intentionally departs from charity frameworks.
Dean is a long-time activist, educator and writer covering a myriad of issues, largely rooted in the intersections of racial justice and trans liberation.
Here is a video Dean and Ciro Carillo recently put out on this topic:
Mab Segrest: Memoir of a race traitor
Save the Date!
Mab Segrest, long-time racial justice organizer and friend of SURJ will be giving a public talk about the re-release of her movement classic book: Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South
August 28th 8:00 ET / 7 CT / 6 PT / 5 ET.
SURJ Mutual Aid Strategy with Shawn Fisher
10 year SURJ all chapter call
Had an You can watch the call here!
This is the slideshow that we showed highlighting the past 10 years of work and current chapter work across the country.
Be on the look out for more information about a national call with a multi-racial panel in September to continue the 10 year anniversary celebration.
Plan an Event for September!
We encourage you to plan a 10 year anniversary event locally in September. This could be making it the theme of your monthly membership meeting, planning a special event, and or sending out some reflections to your membership. This is a great opportunity to also tell the story of your own chapters history. We hope to continue to deepen the relationship between SURJ National and local chapters and think this is an opportunity to build that relationship. We will be sending a toolkit/facilitation guide in the coming weeks, we encourage you to pick a date since it is coming soon.
When they see us discussion guide
Many of you have likely seen When They See Us the Netflix series by Ava DuVernay. Here is a discussion guide that we put together to support using this series as a way to do political education, base building, and local campaigns against the injustice of the criminalization system. This was in a direct response to a call from Patrisse Kahn-Cullors, BLM Co-founder; that SURJ promote engaging with this series in meaningful ways. You can find the guide on our website:
make a donation
In honor of our 10 year anniversary please make a donation that will be split between Highlander Research and Education Center and SURJ. Highlander has played a major role in the history of SURJ. actblue.com/donate/surj-highlander2019
Migrant Justice Report Back from Chapters
This is a sampling of some of the work that chapters have been participating in recently related to migrant justice work.
Sign up to help with phone banking
We welcome you to participate in SURJ’s summer phone bank to raise dollars and power to support the work of SURJ and two bad-ass Black-led organizations leading transformative criminal justice organizing work in the South.
You can sign up for a shift by clicking here.
This July, we’re raising funds to support SURJ’s critical work in white communities as well as resource the Racial Justice Action Center (RJAC) in Georgia and Women with a Vision in Louisiana. We’re asking folks to support the work that our chapter network is doing to build and mobilize its base in majority-white communities to contribute to winning campaigns. We’re splitting what we raise with RJAC and WWAV - both black-led organizations that have an incredible track record of winning criminal justice campaigns in the South.
In order to talk to all of these committed SURJ supporters, we need to fill 45 phone bank shifts in the evenings of July 29 - August 1st. The shifts run from 6 - 8:30 EST.
Raising resources to support movement work has always been a critical piece of organizing work. Will you commit to this important piece of work by registering for a shift? Never phone-banked before? We’ll be here to train and support you every step of the way.
Once you register, we’ll be following up with everything you’ll need to join the phone banks and be successful!
SURJ NYC & SURJ National