As a part of SURJ Bay Area’s #12DaysToShowUp Fundraising Campaign — and our ongoing commitment to racial justice and reparations — 50% of all donations raised for SURJ are passed on to local POC-led organizations. The other 50% will be used to fund under-resourced rural SURJ chapters and to support our own work mobilizing white people in the Bay Area.
Donate to SURJ Bay Area before December 31 to help us reach our year-end fundraising goal of $20,000.
In addition to your donation to SURJ, we encourage you to match donations directly to POC-led organizations like those we’ve featured each of the 12 Days of this campaign.
Our partner Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) is a Black-led, multiracial, and multigenerational coalition dedicated to ending state-sanctioned murder and violence perpetrated against Black, Brown, and Poor people. The organization uses multiple tactics to combat police terror. They work directly with families directly impacted to provide financial, legal, and mental health support. They conduct investigations of police violence independent of police department influence, surveying witnesses and collecting video evidence. They push to reduce the local budgets of police forces and reinvest in community-led alternatives. And throughout their efforts, they continue to remind folks that officers continue to murder Black, Brown, and Poor people with impunity.
SURJ partners with APTP across a variety of tactics throughout the year. SURJ works with APTP to host trainings for community members to become first responders to police terror, from witness testimonies to family support. We mobilize white folks to APTP’s vigils for victims, court support for families, press conferences, and local council and supervisor meetings to eradicate police terror. And finally, SURJ aims to redistribute available resources from white folks to APTP’s critical community work.
Each year, APTP calls for multiple days of direct action leading up to MLK Day to reclaim Martin Luther King Jr.’s radical legacy. This past year with the inauguration of Donald Trump, they called for additional efforts around J-20. SURJ showed up with both resources and people power during the MLK Day March through areas of high displacement and gentrification within Oakland, and hosted direct actions during the week leading up to the inauguration.
Police violence is not unique to this current administration -- it has existed throughout our country’s history, and has only become more of a threat with the Bay Area’s rapid displacement of Black, Brown, and Poor community members. SURJ Bay Area is committed to eliminating state-sponsored terror and looks to APTP’s leadership as a critical player in making this happen.