OPPORTUNITIES 2021

THIS WEEK

Against a red/orange sunrise, the words: Rethinking Thanksgiving: Solidarity with Indigenous Resistance below which are 3 photos of webinar speakes

Monday, November 22 • 5:00 – 6:30 PM PT
Rethinking Thanksgiving: Solidarity with Indigenous Resistance

This webinar—sponsored by national SURJ, the Indigenous Solidarity Network, Catalyst Project, and Rising Tide North America, among others—will interrogate the legacy of the Thanksgiving holiday and recommit to supporting Indigenous sovereignty. From tar sands pipelines to Arctic oil and gas drilling, Indigenous campaigns of resistance continue to lead the way in protecting future generations against the destruction of sacred lands and waterways. We’ll hear from those on the frontlines including Khury Petersen-Smith, Krystal Two Bulls, Julia Tasul, and guests from the Indigenous Environmental Network.

 Register here

As we approach the end of year holidays, many of us will have the opportunity to engage our families and loved ones in conversations about race. The Indigenous Solidarity Network has developed a toolkit geared towards white folks to help discuss Thanksgiving with family, friends, and broader community.

This toolkit offers incredible depth for understanding a wide variety of topics, including:

  • The history of the Thanksgiving holiday
  • The land we all occupy
  • Natural resource extraction
  • Family history and lineage
  • Cultural appropriation
  • Christianity’s impact on Indigenous peoples
  • Taking action for land reparations and Indigenous sovereignty

Click here to view the toolkit 

Tuesday • Nov 23 • 4-5:30-pm

Speakers include:

Harsha Walia (TBC), author of Border and Rule , community organizer, and campaigner in migrant justice, anti-capitalist, feminist, and anti-imperialist movements.

Daniel Tse, Asylum/Detention Task-Force Coordinator at the Haitian Bridge Alliance.

Taisha Saintil is the point of contact for all legislative and communications related work with Haitian Bridge Alliance. She heavily supports campaigns that affect hundreds of thousands of Black migrants, such as the redesignation of temporary protected status for Haiti and the ongoing campaign for designation of temporary protected status for Cameroon.

Camilo Perez-Bustillo, member, leadership team Witness at the Border; co-founder of International Tribunal of Conscience of Peoples in Movement; co-author, Human Rights, Hegemony and Utopia in Latin America: Poverty and Forced Migration in Mexico and Colombia. 

This event is sponsored by Haymarket BooksSpectre JournalDSA Immigrant Rights Working GroupWitness at the Border, and the Tempest Collective. While all of our events are freely available, we ask that those who are able make a solidarity donation in support of our important publishing and programming work.

Register here

NEXT WEEK

SAVE THE DATE

SURJ Member Orientation

SURJ National New Member Orientation

December 9 • 5 – 6PM PT

This email came from the SURJ National Director, Erin Heaney on 11-19-21:

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the news that Kyle Rittenhouse — who shot three people, killing two, last summer in Kenosha, WI at an event protesting the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake — has been found not guilty on all charges by a nearly all-white jury.

My fellow white people: I need you to recommit to organizing in your own communities today.

Kyle Rittenhouse — and the nearly-all white jury who acquitted him — come from our communities. 

At Showing Up for Racial Justice, we are working to build a different way of being white. We must build a movement that brings white people towards a real vision of justice. As the Right doubles down on radicalizing our people, we’ve got to fight just as hard to organize them away from white supremacy and towards liberation. 

We must be organizing in white communities targeted by white nationalist and other far-Right movements. We have to step into our responsibility to organize our own people towards something better. We need to build political homes where people can come as they are — and where we can transform them. Where we can help our people build multiracial solidarity, not organize ourselves around the solidarity of whiteness. 

This moment is another example of how the criminal legal system does not build safety and it cannot save us from white supremacist violence. 

Policing and the court system have once again failed Black people and enabled white supremacist violence. From the beginning in this case, the police refused to make initial arrests, allowing a murderer to walk free after actively pursuing unarmed victims. Police remain allegiant to white supremacist violence, allowing white men to act as vigilantes, shooting unarmed innocent people, while Black people are locked up for petty crimes. They defend a system that creates many people like Rittenhouse and the jury that acquitted him. These are not isolated incidents or a few bad apples, and the sooner we can accept that we have to change the whole system, the better.

Without organizing in majority white communities, we should expect this kind of behavior and violence to continue and increase in light of this verdict. Join me in the work ahead of building a better future for us all.

Here a few ways you can be recommitting to organizing in white communities:

In solidarity, 

Erin Heaney

SURJ National Director

MULTIPLE DATE OPTIONS

Amah Mutsun Pie Ranch Volunteer Day,

Every third Saturday! 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Register here for all dates

Free Bystander Intervention training to stop anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment in the wake of the coronavirus.

Visit Hollaback to check out their free Bystander Intervention and De-escalation trainings!

EVERY WEEK

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SURJ Bay Area Action Hours

This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with others who are feeling rage and deep sadness about racism and white supremacy, but not sure what to do. Join SURJ for an hour of action! We’ll meet over Zoom to provide concrete steps you can take—calling elected officials, signing petitions, etc.—to combat racism against Black & Indigenous people and communities of color.  (Closed captioning will be available in the main room of Action Hour calls.) https://www.surjbayarea.org/events

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