This month we are excited to announce that Robin DG Kelley will be speaking on a webinar covering issues we all need to understand in order to be effective in the fight against white supremacy: racial capitalism, how capitalism requires white supremacy to maintain itself, and the need to center class and the economy in our work for racial justice.
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.
SURJ Chapter/affiliate call on racial capitalism
Following our webinar with Robin DG Kelley, 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. This is a call for SURJ chapters and affiliates and will be a chance to hear from other chapters/affiliates around the country about their work, challenges, victories, and campaigns for economic justice and resisting racial capitalism. Register here.
Join the surj leadership team!
Showing Up for Racial Justice is thrilled to announce that we’re expanding our leadership team (LT). The LT works closely with SURJ staff to make decisions about strategy, structure, and accountability. With more staff and a growing network, our leadership team needs committed, loving people who want to work together toward shifting culture. Please see the role description and check out the criteria to see what we’re looking for. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds who long for transformative change and collective liberation. Applications close this Friday, March 15th. You can find out more about the role and apply for the leadership team here!
Tracking the Far Right
This month's column focuses on the Proud Boys and the Alt-Lite. The Far-Right is a menagerie of ideologies, individuals, and groups spanning a broad spectrum of the movement. Since around 2016, a clear delineation has existed that separates these groups and followers into two general camps, known respectively as the “Alt-Lite” and the “Alt-Right”. The dividing line for these groups is the question of White Nationalism, with the Alt-Lite being multiracial and defined by Misogyny, Hyper-Nationalism, and in militant opposition to the Left.Across the nation, one of the most militant, violent, and organized groups straddling the Alt-Lite/Alt-Right divide, are The Proud Boys. Read more!
The first 2 podcasts for Lent from "The Word Is Resistance" take on questions of wholeness and doing the work to dismantle imperialism and anti-semitism. Check them out here or on iTunes, Stitchr, or TuneIn."
Ash Wednesday Stardust and the Muck
The Pillars of Imperialism
Connecting the Dots: Border Militarism, US Domestic and Foreign Policy,