We are in the midst of crises, shifts, and opportunities across the world. And we are ready to meet the moment- together. This year, we have been growing our team and deepening relationships across our network to do our part in the work that lies ahead.
At SURJ, we promise to put our members to work for racial justice. Join us this month in education and action towards building the world we all need.
This month, we’ll spend the hour supporting these campaigns:
- Stop Line 3, the Indigenous-led movement to stop a proposed pipeline expansion that would bring bring nearly a million barrels of tar sands per day from Canada to Superior
- Release, Not Transfers, supporting the work our partners at Detention Watch Network, to demand the release of immigrants from recently closed detention centers
- #StopCopCity, the efforts in Atlanta to pressure city council to turn down a lease to construct a $90 million militarized “Cop City.” Read more and take action here if you can’t make it to action hour!
We are doing our part to help stop prison expansion in the Deep South! Alabama lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would fund new prison construction using COVID relief money and the state’s Confederate Tax- a tax set up to fund pensions for Confederate soldiers and their widows that is still operational today. The bill will divert money away from mental health and public welfare programs and instead line the pockets of a few prison profiteers. Together we’ll call into key districts urging Alabama voters to make their voices heard in opposition to these new prison plans.
Are you ready to make a deeper commitment to racial justice work? Have you taken action with SURJ in the past and are ready to learn more about the organization? Sign up for a SURJ Member Orientation to hear more about the history of SURJ, the work we’re doing, and how to get more involved as a member.
Sheriffs are elected officials who hold immense power over their county, enforcing racist immigration and drug policies, as well as control local jails. Join SURJ, Working Families Party, Political Research Associates, and other movement leaders as we discuss why sheriff races matter in our work for racial justice, abolition and how you can get involved.
As the number of people in detention has grown and COVID outbreaks continue under the Biden Administration, we need urgent action to demand an end to deportations, shut down detention centers, and to call for release of all people in immigration detention. Detention Watch Network invites partners to lead or join an action at a local ICE field office or a detention center for a coordinated day of action across the country. Will you host or participate in a local action near you?
The work of organizing large numbers of white people into our movements for justice is critical in order to face the intersecting crises of our time.