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.
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.
This year, as part of our commitment to confronting white supremacy’s role in creating violence against trans women of color, SURJ Bay Area has deepened our work supporting the Transgender, Gender-Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP). Under the leadership of Black trans women, TGIJP is led by and for formerly incarcerated trans and gender variant people. TGIJP blazes a path of prison abolition through visionary programs. TGIJP’s work includes grassroots organizing, legal advocacy, building power and relationships among their members inside and outside of incarceration, local, state, and national coalitions and campaigns, re-entry support services for formerly incarcerated TGI folks, policy work, mail nights for currently incarcerated folks, and more. TGIJP is the only group working directly with transgender, gender variant and intersex folks both within prisons and in reentry programs.
Supporting and uplifting the work of TGIJP is directly in line with SURJ Bay Area’s core values. TGIJP’s abolitionist vision inspires us in our goal to be part of ending state-sanctioned violence in the Bay Area. Their reparations framework and their focus on the needs of folks directly impacted by incarceration call on us to do the same.
SURJ Bay Area’s Queer and Trans Committee has been working with TGIJP over the past year in a number of ways. Committee members have attended weekly letter writing nights, volunteered at events, provided rides, worked on home repair projects and fundraised for TGIJP. Most recently, the Queer and Trans Committee hosted a house party, celebrating and raising money to support the critical work TGIJP does to make our communities safer for transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex folks of color.
SURJ Bay Area Queer & Trans (QT) Committee calls in white queer and trans folks, move resources to QTPOC led racial justice organizations, and amplifies QTPOC movement leadership. As queer and trans people, our liberation is linked to struggles for racial justice and ending all forms of oppression. Join us today in moving resources and amplifying the work of the Transgender, Gender-Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)!