Events

Three Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15,   11 am – 1 pm, on Zoom.
Buy tickets. Zoom link will be sent to participants before the event.

Racial Justice Intentions in Motion – A Three Part Committed Series  Facilitator: Sylvie Minot, Founder of Syzygy Dance Project.

Cost: Suggested donation $5 – $500 to SURJ Marin. When considering a tax deductible donation, consider that a 2 hour online dance class might cost $15-25, a three part committed series online might cost $100- $200. The commitment of SURJ Marin is to donate 75% of donations to our accountability partners: Multicultural Center of Marin and Marin City Health & Wellness Center. 

Join us for a committed series for SURJ Marin members and allies that want to deepen their personal exploration of racism and allyship through movement. No dance experience required. Join with a beginner’s mind. Confidential space. Emotions live in our bodies. We begin the series with a gentle introduction. We will begin the series by connecting with the body and sensations, and emotions. The second session will explore the personal stories and patterns we hold in our bodies around race. The third session will integrate the work by exploring how to take everything you’ve learned into the world and create the change you want, maintain a commitment to racial justice, and balance with the rest of your personal life.  We ask you to commit to attend all 3 sessions to the best of your ability so that we can depend on a safe and stable container, and others in your small groups can depend on your presence. We are all important in this practice.

Facilitator bio: Sylvie Minot https://www.syzygydanceproject.org/meet-the-team.html. Co-Founder, Executive Director, Trainer, Teacher. Sylvie Minot received her BA in Dance from San Jose State University and is a certified 5Rhythms® Teacher who was also trained in the Heartbeat (emotional) map by Gabrielle Roth. Sylvie has studied psychology, indigenous healing rituals, energy medicine, and sound healing and is inspired by the teachings of Angeles Arrien, Carolyn Myss, and Tito La Rosa. Since 2000, Sylvie has taught weekly dance classes and workshops for a variety of populations. Sylvie is often described as a catalytic shape-shifter because of her ability to meet people right where they are and move with them into new possibilities.



Exploring Whiteness. A new workshop on
Sunday, August 9, 4:30-6:00pm

What does it mean to have a white racial identity? What are our implicit biases? Why is it so hard to talk about racism? How do we have these conversations and still center Black, Indigenous and People of Color in the movement for racial justice? If you’ve ever wondered these things and if you’d like to join a conversation unpacking these questions and more, join us! Our goals will be to talk about• Understanding whiteness • Starting to talk about race • Learning how to disrupt racism.

Pre-register here. The Zoom link will be available the day of event.


Reclaim Our Vote Phone Banks – 2nd and 4th Sundays. WHEN: 2nd and 4th Sundays at 12pm-2pm PT

Looking for a way to do anti-racist work from home?  Join SURJ Marin in phoning out-of-state voters who have likely been purged from their voter rolls.  Together, we will provide voters with the tools they need to cast their ballots in Alabama,  Arizona, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and more! Reclaim Our Vote (ROV) is a civil rights / voter outreach campaign organized by the nonpartisan Center for Common Ground of Virginia, with partners like Black Voters Matter, the NAACP, and Mi Familia Vota.  The ROV campaign is led by people of color and has reached out to nearly a million voters since 2017. Through outreach to people in states with long histories of voter suppression, ROV has increased turnout among voters of color by large margins.  Please join us every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 12-2pm PST to phone bank for ROV. No experience is necessary as we will meet on Zoom for training and ongoing support to make calls. Please come ready with a phone and computer or iPad/tablet.

In this challenging time, let’s come together and support every person’s right to vote!


Our August book discussion:
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead.
Discussion on Zoom on August 16, 4:30-6:00pm pt. Register here – Zoom link will be emailed through eventbrite 2 hours before event

In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share. Join SURJ facilitators to discuss the book, on Aug 16, at 430p.


Rethinking Student Safety: Do School Resource Officers Make Our Schools Safer?
SURJ/Fairfax Library film and discussion about SRO’s in Marin – August 29, 3-4:30pm. 

There are as many as 20,000 police officers working in schools across the country. They are called School Resource Officers, and they have become a subject of debate as cities and states reevaluate their police departments. We will explore this topic given its relevance in Marin County by watching a short film followed by conversation facilitated by SURJ Marin (Showing Up for Racial Justice) and the Fairfax Library, with special guest speakers from communities impacted by the presence of law enforcement in our schools.

Pre-register here. The Zoom link will be emailed to you before the event.