• 2021 Buffalo Sheriff’s Race
    In the 2021 Buffalo Sheriff’s Race, SURJ Buffalo joined a multi-racial coalition of local partners to do our part to disrupt the cycle of violence in the Erie County sheriff’s office. Though our candidate, Kim Beaty, did not win the election, our work in majority-white communities moved white voters to support progressive criminal legal reforms. …

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  • Citizens For a Safer Cleveland
    In the 2021 general election, SURJ Ohio members in Cleveland, Ohio joined a multiracial coalition of Black-led partner organizations to mobilize voters and win on Issue 24 — a ballot initiative that will create the most powerful  police civilian review board in the country, thereby putting the final decision on police policies and the discipline …

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  • Communities Over Cages: Close the jail in Atlanta
    What does it look like to move millions of public funds away from incarceration and instead invest in the communities most harmed by prisons? And how do we get there? Black organizers in the South are leading these efforts and winning. The Communities Over Cages: Close the Jail Atlanta Campaign has been a long struggle …

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  • Defeating a Plan for a Jail in Los Angeles
    In March of 2020, Yes on Measure R (ReformLA) in Los Angeles won in a landslide and has put into motion the largest reallocation of dollars out of criminalization and into community based alternatives in US history. The coalition was led by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and other people of color-led organizations that …

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  • Winning the Hamilton Co. Sheriff Race in Ohio
    In the 2020 election cycle, Operation Change Cincy and SURJ Ohio helped elect progressive candidate Charmaine McGuffey as the new Hamilton County Sheriff beating Republican candidate Hoffbauer. Hoffbauer had been found guilty of using excessive force to kill an unarmed Black man. If he had won, he would have been the first person in this …

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  • 2020 Election Defenders
    In the vortex of lies Trump kicked up about voting in the 2020 general election, we knew we needed a mass movement protecting democracy, ensuring all votes are counted, and insisting on accountability. In this election, over 400 SURJ members committed to build Election Defender teams in 38 states, including 133 teams in 11 swing …

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