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A letter from SURJ co-founders on #NationalComingOutDay

On this National Coming Out Day and all the celebrations it entails, our mood is somber as the Supreme Court make-up threatens hard won LGBTQ equity. We are STILL fighting for basic human rights for queer and transgender people.

With this threat, our eye must remain on our connections to who else is threatened. Trump is anti-poor, anti-disabled people, anti-Black, Brown, Indigenous and immigrant people, and anti-earth. He is also anti-LGBTQ — and put into power by white people.

As Black queer and trans people lead the charge with a vision that will…


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The word crisis comes from the ancient Greek word that means “turning point” deriving from the verb which means “to decide.” Crises come when we reach a breaking point, and we have to make a choice as to which path we will take. The current crisis we are in exposes the fundamental contradictions and limitations of our economic system, our health system, our care system, our political system, and our justice system. The dual and intersecting pandemics of Covid-19 and police violence are making increasingly more evident the realization that we cannot just return to the status quo we lived…


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Three years ago on August 11 and 12, over 700 white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, VA for the “Unite the Right Rally,” a gathering that resulted in, among other traumas, the murder of Heather Heyer, a local white anti-racist counter-protestor, may she rest in power. Charlottesville became famous for the August 12th car attack and the August 11th tiki torch rally attack against University of Virginia students and community members the night before. But what isn’t often talked about is that it was much more than a two day event. It was not a surprise, but planned in public for…


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Poor & working class survivors for Black lives

We are white women raised in poor and working class families. We are in full solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives call to defund the police and invest in the services that keep communities safe. We live in the US South, Midwest, Appalachia, East and West Coast, and Canada, in cities, small towns and rurally. We are white women who know that police don’t keep us safe. We are survivors of violence calling for the abolition of police. …


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When my friend Micah and I sat down to watch “Crip Camp,” directed by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, we were excited to see that a film like this was on Netflix. However, we were also skeptical about this being the same type of film that we’ve always seen in mainstream media. The kind that spins a normal, Disabled person’s life into some grand, “inspiring” triumph — what many Disabled people call “disability porn” — to make able bodied people feel good. This kind of story is centered around the white male perspective all too often. The people who wrote…


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The rise of Federal repression in Portland, OR shows that our actions and movement work for Black Lives have Trump and the Right afraid. The powerful uprisings led by Black Lives Matter protestors in Portland, OR and across the nation have shifted public consciousness around the destructive role of police and the demands for resources that create real safety in communities. The despicable violence, repression, and terrorism being directed towards organizers by federal agents tramples on our civil liberties and is it highlighting their fear. …


#SixNineteen

by Amanda Stahl, SURJ Disability Access Co-Coordinator

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Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is supporting the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) actions tomorrow, June 19th, and over the weekend to demand all levels of government defund the police, invest in Black communities, and force Trump to resign.

We as white folks with disabilities must show up in this moment with Black disabled folks and examine the police state that we are living in. As white disabled folks, we are called to put these connections together and take action to further our collective liberation.

50 percent of black men killed by…


Withdraw your Consent: Defund the Police

by Hilary Moore, SURJ Leadership Team Member

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Article updated August 28, 2020

Millions of people world-wide have taken to the streets to express outrage at the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020. “Defund the Police,” a demand from the Movement for Black Lives, has set imaginations ablaze as communities mobilize to successfully pressure cities to defund and disband police departments, as seen in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Dallas.

“Defund the Police” is a response to decades of divestment from public health infrastructure, education systems, and good housing. This deliberate…


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Real NASCAR fans know this sport started because our people needed to outrun the cops. It started during Prohibition, when drivers tricked out their cars to run moonshine without getting caught. Our people were moonshiners because we wanted the power to decide our own futures and take care of our families and communities — even if it was against the law. Out of bootlegging, and the need for fast rides, stock car racing was born. And we think it’s about time we returned to our roots.

Tonight, at Martinsville Speedway, Bubba Wallace, the first African American driver who has been…


Another world is possible: solidarity with Minneapolis

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Living in a world without police violence is possible and is on its way.

Yesterday, nine Minneapolis City Council members publicly committed to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and begin a community led process to re-imagine and reinvest in a transformative model of community safety. The people are speaking and Minneapolis is showing the world that transformation and abolition of the policing and prison system is possible in our lifetimes.

Black, indigenous, and people of color-led movements and organizations have been dreaming of, planning for, and working towards a world without police for…

Showing Up for Racial Justice

SURJ is a national network that moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice.

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