Welcome to SURJ SB
Showing Up for Racial Justice was created to answer a direct call by communities of color for white people to organize their own racial communities to do two specific things:
1. Take responsibility for educating themselves and their own racial peers about their role in upholding systemic racism, and learn what they can do to help dismantle it.
2. Support BIPOC-led organizing to combat racism, racial injustice, and white supremacy.
We are the Santa Barbara Chapter of a national organization with over 150 chapters and affiliate groups across the United States.
Find the national organization at showingupforracialjustice.org
Find the SURJ mission and methods for social change here .
Find SURJ Shared Values here.
How do we CALL IN?
We design and share anti-racism educational curriculum via presentations, workshops, and study-to-action groups in order to compel white people to better understand systemic racism and their role in dismantling it.
How do we SHOW UP?
We show up at events, actions, and protests to co-conspire in meeting the goals determined by BIPOC organizers. When invited, we co-organize with BIPOC-led organizing groups in our community. Learn more about our Action Pod by sending us an email - and someone will be back in touch with more information.
Examples of our ACTIONS:
Examples of actions on which we have co-conspired with BIPOC-led organizing groups:
- Participated in May Day Coalition to provide a COVID safe car protest for essential workers
- Collaborated with Black Lives Matter SB and Equity for SB on Police Use of Force policies
- Compiled nationwide research on the impact of School Resource Officers on students of color, and submitting a comprehensive summary to all members of the Santa Barbara School Board
- Submit regular Op-ed pieces to amplify local racial justice concerns.
- Provided training on relational canvassing for racial justice ballot issues and candidates.
- Offer education at Earth Day to highlight how racism intersects with the environmental movement.
- Volunteered with 805UndocuFund and Importa SB on Know Your Rights campaign and local relief efforts.
...and many more!
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