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.
On Wednesday, we discussed the housing crisis displacing Black and Brown families throughout the Bay Area. Far from inevitable, this crisis is fueled by racist housing policies and government (in)actions that prioritize development benefiting wealthy developers and white people profiting in a violent economy. In addition to sharing the powerful analysis of our partners at CJJC, SURJ Bay Area moves members to make significant contributions to other Black and POC-led organizations working to build power to resist and remain in the Bay:
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) is a dynamic and grass-roots organization working statewide to fight campaigns for fair wages, affordable housing, and corporate accountability. Locally, they coordinate powerful direct actions at developers’ offices and to preserve folks’ homes during anti-eviction occupations. SURJ Bay Area has been proud to stand in solidarity with ACCE at the local level, and as part of the statewide Housing NOW! Coalition fighting for rent control and housing justice across California.
In addition to fighting for and preserving affordable housing, there is also powerful work focusing on investing in the economic opportunities and power in Communities of Color, locally. The Restore Oakland Initiative is a joint initiative between Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) to build a restaurant and community center in the Fruitvale District. The space will provide opportunities for employment and business creation among immigrants and people who have been formerly incarcerated.
All of these tactics -- analysis, basebuilding, direct action, and community investment -- are creatively and powerfully advanced by organizations we are proud to work with and learn from. Donate today to support this work and to help SURJ Bay Area mobilize more white people to end a racialized crisis which they (we) benefit from.
Today is DAY 7 of #12DaysToShowUp and we ask you to support our work by donating here. Over 50% of all donations are directed towards local POC-led organizations. The rest 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 this donation, we encourage you to match donations directly to POC-led organizations (linked above).