Showing Up for Racial Justice
- 1 Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared”
- 2 SURJ electoral work
- 3 Shutting Down John Guandolo
- 4 SURJ - Bay Area Monthly Meeting (February 2016)
- 5 SURJ Founders
- 6 Staff
- 7 Leadership team
- 8 Accountability Council
- 9 Connectors
- 10 Shutting down Trump
- 11 DSA affiliation
- 12 Affliated groups/local contacts
- 13 References
Showing Up for Racial Justice is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change 
For the past six years, (circa 2009) white anti-racists from around the country have been building up a national network to engage and move white people towards racial justice action. Rooted in longstanding white anti-racist efforts and leadership, along with strong relationships with organizers and leaders of color, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) has been building infrastructure, relationships, shared values, and membership to respond to the call from Black leaders and leaders of color to move white people into action. From the Arizona anti-immigration struggle in 2010, to the murder of Trayvon Martin, SURJ has been bringing national leadership to help give focus, energy, and effective to white anti-racist efforts. Since, Ferguson, SURJ has literally been surging with new members, new chapters, and a growing role of convening national calls to help inform, equip, and mobilize a massively expanding base of white people into racial justice action.
Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared”
Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared” was released May 12 2020.
":Our demands: The country’s greatest priority at this moment is to beat the COVID-19 crisis, and this requires embracing principles of antiracist solidarity and international cooperation. The Biden campaign can and should beat Trump and the GOP with a message centered on our real public health needs and the progressive values that are required to meet those needs. The “Unprepared” ad must be taken down, and all campaign messaging that fuels anti-Asian racism and China-bashing must end. We refuse to allow the Biden campaign to sacrifice our dignity in the name of political expediency."
Signatories included Showing Up for Racial Justice
SURJ electoral work
In 2020, SURJ has big plans to expand it's electoral work in majority-white communities. Join the national director of the Working Families Party, Maurice Moe Mitchell for a discussion on the need for us to build a multi-racial working class populist movement, how elections fit into our broader fight for collective liberation, and how organizing poor and working white voters is an important piece of this work.
Shutting Down John Guandolo
- "Earlier this week, anti-fascist groups from the Fox Valley and Green Bay led a phone blast campaign to the hotel where one of Guandolo's events was scheduled to take place. The announcement of confrontational protest in addition to phone calls pressured the venue to cancel the event, which was called, "Threat of Islam to America."
- "Building on the Green Bay victory, activists in the Milwaukee area organized a call-in to a hotel in the Milwaukee suburb of Pewaukee. Area Islamic groups and individuals called the hotel, which is a popular wedding venue for Muslim families. Organizations such as the Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump, SDS, and Wisconsin Antifa networks spread the word online.
- "In under 24 hours the Pewaukee venue announced that the event was no longer taking place. Worldview Weekend once again tweeted their response, saying "We have over $15,000 into conferences not counting mailing."
- "In La Crosse, Wisconsin activists from the Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network, and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) were busy planning a mass rally and call-in for the last of three planned stops in Wisconsin. The venue, Onalaska Omni-Center, refused to cancel the event, citing the First Amendment. But activists in La Crosse and throughout the state continued to prepare for a demonstration.
SURJ - Bay Area Monthly Meeting (February 2016)
1714 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA Wednesday 10 February 2016, Organized by : SURJ - Oakland/SF Bay Area
- This is the coordinating page for SURJ - Bay Area. Come here for info regarding our meetings and the mobilizations that we participate in.
Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Josh Kalla, Rho Chazin Seidelman, David Broockman, Melanie Letendre, Honah Thompson, Jason Wallach, Peter Cerutti, Elena Gustafson, Colleen Klus, Hannah Desmond Warren, Luba Yusim, Tess Young, Nell Scott, Susan Hagstrom, Lyla Denburg, Whitney Walker.
Showing Up for Racial Justice staff, as of 2015;
The Leadership Team (LT) is the programmatic and decision-making body of SURJ. This team is responsible for making decisions about the ongoing development, broad programmatic vision and fiscal oversight of SURJ.
Showing Up for Racial Justice leadership team, as of 2015;
- Carla Wallace, Louisville SURJ
- Pam McMichael, Highlander Research and Education Center
- Meta Mendel-Reyes, Berea College, Board member, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Highlander Research and Education Center
- JLove Calderon, JLove & M1 Productions
- Sean O'Neill, CARW
- Murphy Mitchell, SURJ Seattle
- Jeff Ordower, MORE
- Jessica Campbell, Rural Organizing Project
- Sam Hamlin, former SURJ staff
- Dara Silverman, SURJ staff
The Accountability Council is designed to engage leaders of color who offer feedback and counsel on SURJ's strategy, organizing and political direction.
Showing Up for Racial Justice Accountability Council as of 2015;
- Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Faith Matters Network
- Bill Fletcher, Jr. , Author and Organizer
- Rachel LaForest, Right to the City
- Maurice Moe Mitchell, Blackbird/Ferguson Action
- Denise Perry, BOLD - Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity
- Bree Newsome, Ignite NC
- Janis Roshuval, United Methodist Women Racial Justice Commission
- James Rucker, Color of Change
Our team of connectors are all people who use their platform - whether that is as an artist, speaker, author, organizer, etc - to help further the mission of SURJ, engaging more white people in our shared work for racial justice.
As of 2015;
- Paul Kivel
- JLove Calderon
- Lisa Albrecht
- Debby Irving
- Tim Wise
- Naomi Wallace
- Jynx Houston
- Chris Crass
- Jessica Ronald
- Greg Tichenor
- Betsy Lamb
- Jake Dockter
- Shelly Tochluk
- M1 from Dead Prez
- Rev. Osagyefo Sekou
- Michael Skolnick
- Mab Segrest
- Zillah Eisenstein
- Sally Kohn
- Paul Gorski
- Robin DiAngelo
- Jamie Utt
Shutting down Trump
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cancelled a campaign rally in Chicago after the event turned into a chaotic scene with clashes between thousands of supporters and protesters, March 11, 2016.
CNN estimated there were between 8,500 to 10,000 people in the Chicago arena when tensions erupted into chaos.
Chicago activists had spent the week leading up to the rally planning how to disrupt it.
One group, Showing Up for Racial Justice, coordinated with minority student groups on local campuses, using group email chains and messaging so that protesters could stay in constant communication.
One of the organizers, Nathaniel Lewis, 25, a master's degree student in public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said he was shocked they succeeded in shutting the rally down.
"I'm happy, I'm at peace, because we came together as a collective," Mr Lewis said.
"This is the last thing we expected to happen. It shows the power of unity."
A Trump campaign staffer took the stage about half an hour after the rally was slated to begin and said it would be postponed for safety reasons.
Showing Up for Racial Justice became affiliated with Democratic Socialists of America in July 2016;
- Please join us in celebrating DSA’s new affiliation with Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ). SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Though DSA has many active members and leaders of color, the reality is the majority of our membership is white. Being honest with ourselves about this reality means we need resources that can help our primarily white chapters to learn to do more effective anti-racist coalition work. To that end we think affiliating with SURJ, with its wealth of activist trainings, educational materials and networking resources, is an important first step in helping DSA to become an even stronger multi-racial organization in the long run.
Affliated groups/local contacts
As of 2015;
SURJ Ventura- Ventura, CA - Sarah Flam
SURJ Denver – Denver, CO
Western Mass SURJ- Western MA
- [http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/SURJ about[
- http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/4/9/marxists-and-muslims-shut-down-racist-speaker-tour “Marxists and Muslims" shut down racist speaker tour, accessed January 12 2018
- Wherevent SURJ - Bay Area Monthly Meeting (February 2016)
- Good Men Project Answering the Call: White People Showing Up for Racial Justice June 18, 2015 by Chris Crass
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- MSN News, Donald Trump cancels Chicago campaign rally over security concerns 3,11,2016
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