Welcome to the second SURJ Newsletter of the year!
This issue focuses on Anti-Semitism with an interview from Rev. Anne Dunlap, Coordinator of SURJ Faith, announcement of our calls on the intersections of Anti-Semitism, White Supremacy and White Nationalism, and a letter from Ari Lev Fornati on the State of the Union and Trumps proposed border wall. There are a few other treats in here as well including a call with Robin DG Kelley, one of the movement's leaders on understanding and addressing racial capitalism, and a new monthly column called Tracking the Far Right.
Understanding Anti-semitism and its intersections with white supremacy and white nationalism
This webinar with Sonia Alexander and Talia Cooper is aimed at strengthening our collective movements for liberation. Our goals are: 1) to enable people to recognize anti-semitism 2) learn how antisemitism intersects with white supremacy and white nationalism 3) develop a shared commitment to ending anti-semitism alongside all oppressions.
Register here: https://bit.ly/2HXWsh3
There will be a follow up SURJ Chapter call on Anti-Semitism and White supremacy on March 5th at 8 ET / 7 CT / 6 MT / 5 PT. Reach out to your chapter point people for more information.
understanding and Organizing to end racial capitalism
March 13th, 8 ET / 7 CT / 6 MT / 5 PT Register here: https://bit.ly/2Gx5Aqm
SURJ works to undermine white support for racism, and broaden the base of white folks showing up for racial justice as part of a powerful multi racial movement for transformative change. But what about this unjust economic system? How does racism help keep capitalism in place? What examples do we have of poor and working class white people and People of Color joining together to challenge an unjust system?
Join a conversation with leading activist scholar Robin DG Kelley on what racial capitalism means for our work and how class impacts white people’s role in the fight to end oppression. Kelley’s work has explored the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music; visual culture; contemporary urban studies; historiography and historical theory; poverty studies and ethnography; and more.
For a sample of Kelley’s work watch this video.
There will be a follow up SURJ Chapter call on Economic Justice and Racial Capitalism on April 2nd 8 ET / 7 CT / 6 MT / 5 PT. Reach out to your chapter point people for more information.
Surj organizing stories: down to the nitty gritty
Additional resources on anti-semitism
Take action against Trumps Anti-Semitism and Racism
Trump wants to one wall. we're offering four
The piece below is from Ari Lev Fornari, a sponsor with a program that SURJ launched last spring with our friends at Innovation Law Lab to connect asylum-seekers with sponsors, and that continues to be a collaboration among SURJ, ILL, Freedom for Immigrants, and many others…
About a month ago, a family of seven traveled through the night from Laredo, Texas, to our home in Philadelphia. This concluded a nearly three-year journey from El Salvador, through Mexico, in search of safety. Just a month previously, my family and I had volunteered as sponsors for the asylum-seekers who were traveling a grueling 3,000 miles from their home country to seek safety in ours. Continue Reading
Tracking the Far-Right
Each month SURJ Field Organizer Shawn Fisher will cover everything from specific organizations, individual actors, funding sources, the social and political theories behind the movement, and also the work that is being done to confront it, from within the SURJ Network, with our allies and partners, and what the broader anti-racist, anti-fascist, and anti-colonial networks are doing as well. This first column addresses the Patriot Front.
More calls With Surj
Indigenous Solidarity Network Call
The Indigenous Solidarity Network Calls are for SURJ members and other white and settler folks talked about work happening around the country that folks have been part of related to indigenous solidarity and resisting settler colonialism. The next call is Tuesday, February 19th 5pm pst; 6pm; 7pm; 8pm eastern for 1.5 hours.
Register here! https://zoom.us/meeting/register/1145e81a03c0597634538d7d4481ef37
Rural, Urban and Small City/Suburban working groups
We are excited to announce that we are launching working groups based on the size of where you live. These calls will focus on the particularities of where you live including basebuilding, maintaining momentum, class and economic justice, and accountability or movement partnerships.
Rural working group March 11th at 8 ET / 7 CT / 6 MT / 5 PT
Urban working group March 11th at 8 ET / 7 CT / 6 MT / 5 PT
Small City and Suburban working group March 12th at 8 ET / 7 CT / 6 MT / 5 PT https://zoom.us/meeting/register/04268b442ba3316266858a512be5123a