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.
We’ve watched with horror this year as white supremacists have been emboldened by their peers at the top. In August, racist/fascist rallies in Charlottesville and subsequently in San Francisco and Berkeley brought some of the most vocal white supremacists into the streets of our communities.
SURJ joined a coalition of Black and immigrant, interfaith, anti-racist, anti-fascist, LBGTQ, and civil rights groups to resist this invasion in August. That weekend, Community Ready Corps(CRC) played a vital role by training the folks doing security to help maintain a safer environment for antiracist protesters. As a grassroots, Black-led organization, CRC builds Bay Area racial justice infrastructure and invests in Black self-determination, including self-defense trainings. In addition, CRC has a committee dedicated to providing microphones, sound systems, trucks, generators, food, water- the core supplies necessary to make protests happen.
With this help, we showed up in strong numbers to let white supremacists know they would not be tolerated here. Our message was clear: No racism, no hate in Berkeley. We stand strong for racial justice, and shoulder to shoulder against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, trans/homophobia, and the scapegoating of immigrants. This prompted organizers on the right to cancel their rallies in the Bay. But in Charlottesville, and towns across America, our numbers are not as overwhelming and those places need your help.
SURJ has nearly 200 chapters and affiliates across the country and the Bay Area chapter is one of the largest. This December, we are committed to not only passing along money raised to support our local POC partners, but we will also support under-resourced rural SURJ chapters working to mobilize white people in red states.
We ask for your support today to support our at home in the Bay Area, but also to resource SURJ affiliates across the country that are bringing their voices, wealth, and power to bear in solidarity with the campaigns led by Communities of Color.
We have no choice but to continue the fight in 2018 and beyond and we need your support now more than ever to facilitate a truly nationwide movement.
We won’t be silent, and we won’t be complicit. Together we’ll resist hate.