Written By: Collette Delcase
What is it:
SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.
How to get involved with SURJ:
-All workshops are posted on Eventbrite
-Attend monthly meetings
-Join a committee
-Become a member
Resources from the Congressional Lobbying discussion group:
Organizations to check out:
–Northside democracy for america
–Pledge 27 ??? Non for profit
–citizenaction.com (phone banking)
–Assata’s Daughters is a grassroots intergenerational collective of radical Black women located in the city of Chicago.
–Peoples Lobby: local grass roots concerned with training people to be leaders while concentrating on the needs of the people and the plant before the interest of big corporations
–CeaseFire Illinois: is the Illinois branch of the Cure Violence Organization, which operates in 6 cities throughout the state – Chicago, Maywood, Rockford, East St. Louis, Springfield, and North Chicago/Waukegan
–Chicago women take action: they organized the chicago women march
–Feminist University (juilette)- group of ladys that get together and teach each other about important women and the like
Once small thing- news letter
Daily action- they will text you the daily issue
Chicagoactivism.org web calender
Chicago is not broke
What do i do about trump
Resources (these are resources on SURJ page click the link to get the URL )
-Check in to the event was done online which made it easy and avoided standing in line.
-Venue perfectly accommodated the large group and the format of the event.
-Agenda’s were provided but only paper
-Every meeting has a theme and the meeting I attended was Accountability in terms of racial justice
-Interesting fact about SURJ is that leadership changes over every 6 months so there is a lot of opportunities to get involved.
-Child care was provided
-The goal of the leaders of the meeting was to provide the group with opportunities to get involved. The meeting format was to break up the group into discussion groups that were “issue Specific”. There were 7 different break-out groups that ranged from a general discussion about SURJ to immigration concerns, standing rock water protectors concerns to Congressional Lobbying.
Side Note of future events:
Black own restaurant
Eventbrite will have workshops listed
Current Leadership of SURJ
-Emily teacher at school Noble where the meeting was held