On August 12, 2017, white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, intent on inciting racist violence in that community. When anti-racist protesters showed up to oppose the "Unite the Right" rally, white supremacists attacked -- unleashing violence that wounded many and killed protester Heather Heyer.Read more
SURJ is excited to announce a 5-week online course on organizing and campaigns, starting on April 2nd.
Who is this course meant for? This training is designed for folks practicing leadership or will be moving into leadership in SURJ chapters. We are encouraging people who are actively working on organizing campaigns or folks who are interested in helping their chapter shift their work to include and center working on organizing campaigns.Read more
For those interested in supporting people in and around Houston who are waking up to devastation from Harvey each day, there are a few options below for how you can do that *directly* and without going through nonprofit organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army, which have questionable distribution practices.Read more
Over the weekend and into this week, Trump’s Muslim ban sparked protests across the country in huge cities and small towns. Many of us who participated were energized by being in action and space with others who share our values. Others of us who watched were inspired to take bolder action the next time Trump issues a repressive Executive Order.Read more
In the months since Trump has been elected, we have seen amazing mobilization across the country. However, we know that in these critical times, also we need to be digging into organizing--the process of building power for a multi-racial movement led by folks of color that transforms the system of white supremacy.
SURJ is offering a week long organizing training to provide skills to increase our ability to shift power for the long haul and have impact in our communities.Read more
There's much that we don't know about what the resistance ahead will look like with Trump in office and a Cabinet full of racist, misogynist, transphobic, xenophobic millionaires and billionaires. What we do know is that art and artists have always paved a path forward for resistance, and we're thrilled to share some of the pieces created by Micah Bazant and Kate Deciccio in this moment.Read more
In recent years, the leadership of and action by the Movement for Black Lives, Latinx communities, Indigenous communities, and other movement groups led by people of color have politicized millions of people around race. Many of those who are white have found SURJ as a home from which to act and as a result, we have grown exponentially over the last two years.
This week brought welcome news in the ongoing struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) as the federal government acknowledged that the the permitting process failed to meet the Standing Rock Sioux’s rights. The acknowledgement came after months of brave direct action and as public pressure built. However, the fight is far from over.
Our network has developed a series of call, trainings, and discussions to deepen our skills, political analysis and relationships with one another. You can find the complete listing of calls here! The list includes, titles, facilitators, registration links and links to Facebook events. It will be updated as new calls are added to our fall line up. Please check back frequently!
This fall we're offering four tracks of training calls:
- Base building and Organizing: These are skill building calls where we will teach and practice organizing skills to help us run campaigns and expand our bases. These calls are great for chapter leaders and people in SURJ chapters and working groups.
- Political Education: These calls are designed to help us deepen our understanding of racism and white supremacy and teach others. The calls will review a short teaching module that can be incorporated into chapter meetings. These are good fits for people who are leading education efforts in their chapter, designing chapter meetings and individual people who want to learn more about the issue.
- Accountability: We are offering two different accountability series. The first is designed for folks new to building accountability relationships and will offer a framework about how SURJ thinks about accountability and tools for developing accountability relationships. The second is designed for folks who are looking to deepen their relationships and explore some of the tensions and mistakes that show up in the organizing work.
- Vision for Black Lives: These calls will explore the Vision for Black Lives. Calls will create space for both learning about the vision and developing political support in white communities for the Vision.
We look forward to learning and exploring with you this fall! Please register for the calls and share with others you are building with.
This week, Colin Kaepernick took bold action to protest police brutality of Black people.
When we hear people disagreeing with him or conflicted about his action, we should not stay silent, but rather move outside our comfort zone to engage in open conversation with folks about the racial justice issues he has raised. We've developed a conversation guide to support you.