Showing Up For Racial Justice SURJ MARIN

SURJ Marin is a chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) — a national network organizing white people for racial justice. We learn and act together for change and take our lead from organizations and leaders of color in Marin.

We invite you to join us!

SURJ Marin, in solidarity with BLM and all the families who have lost loved ones to police terror, applauds the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial in finding Chauvin guilty on all three counts.  However, this is only a small step towards justice. The jury’s conviction of a single officer still leaves the larger system of policing and prisons untouched. The jury’s conviction does not fix a broken, racist system of policing rooted in white supremacy.

Justice for George Floyd, and just this past week – Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Mario Gonzalez, and Ma’Khia Bryant- would only be realized by their being alive today.  Now is the time for a comprehensive reimagining of public safety in our country so that NO MORE lives are lost to state violence.  Anything short of that is not truly justice.  

 

SURJ Marin believes in the abolition of state-sponsored surveillance, criminalization, incarceration, detention, deportation, and killing which occurs throughout the entire criminal injustice system. As such, we do not see Chauvin’s conviction as providing true accountability. The jury held Chauvin accountable for his crimes. However, the state has yet to acknowledge the harm done to the Floyd family, the Minneapolis community, and countless communities across the nation who have experienced the horrors of police brutality and murder. True accountability would be determined by all those harmed. True accountability would mean that communities of color are safe. We do not celebrate Chauvin’s imprisonment, as we believe in creating more just, compassionate and transformative ways of responding to violence.

 

May the Floyd family find peace and healing. May we never forget the names of all who have been slaughtered by police and the state. May we continue to take action so that no family has to endure this tragedy again. SURJ Marin, in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, is committed to efforts that lead to defunding the police and refunding impacted communities with needed services and resources. 

 

Attend our next Intro to SURJ Marin meeting to find out more, or come to our Weekly Action Hour on Mondays @11a-12p and join us in the struggle! Register on our website www.surjmarin.org

 

Join SURJ and Mariame Kaba next Tuesday 4/27 for a webinar about the movement to defund the police. Mariame Kaba is an organizer, writer, and leader in the transformative justice and abolition movement and it’s a gift that she will be joining us!

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PQanp8kzQ86LsmxZ7ps9cQ 

 

Demand Police Accountability for Ma’khia Bryant.  Call Mayor Andrew Ginther 614-645-7671 to demand accountability.

 

Donate to mutual aid funds listed on the website for Movement for Black Lives www.m4bl.org 

 

And to quote Rachel Cargle: Anti-racism work is not self-improvement work for white people. It doesn’t end when white people feel better about what they’ve done. It ends when Black people are staying alive and they have their liberation.

 

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Action Hour

Feeling ready to take anti-racist action and unsure where to start? Join SURJ Marin every Monday at 11am for an hour of action. We’ll meet over Zoom to provide concrete steps you can take – calling elected officials, signing petitions, etc. – to combat racism

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About Surj marin

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to bring more white people into the movement for racial justice. SURJ has been in Marin since the summer of 2017 when a small but mighty group of white community members saw the need to join with local communities and leaders of color in working against the racial disparities in the county. Shortly after that, we began to offer a variety of learning and action opportunities.

 

Since our early days, we have expanded in order to broaden our reach and we remain 100% volunteer led. Join us for a workshop, book discussion, rally, or other event. Together we can make positive change in Marin and beyond.

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