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SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Santa Cruz County is part of a national network of over 150 groups and affiliates nationwide who are motivating white people to work for racial and economic justice through community organizing, mobilization, and education.

SURJ’s role as part of a multi-racial, cross-class movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy while working for racial justice. We understand that this work is effective only when engaged with the leadership of people of color. Therefore, our guiding principle ensures that we maintain strong accountability relationships with Black, Indigenous and People of color-led organizations.

Reparations

Santa Cruz Mutual Aid and Reparations Santa Cruz are currently fundraising, and a member of our SURJ Santa Cruz family is committed to raising $5000 to be moved directly to Black residents of Santa Cruz County who have agreed to be part of this giving circle as receivers. Here is the one pager about the mission, as well as the website, where you can sign up to be a giver for the next giving circle if you feel called! 

From their website: Reparations Santa Cruz is a collective wealth redistribution project aimed at redressing the egregious ​injustices of anti-Black racism and white supremacy within Santa Cruz County. From chattel slavery to redlining to Jim Crow “Black Codes” to mass incarceration and beyond, Black Americans have systematically been denied opportunities to build wealth and achieve financial stability throughout their history in this country. This anti-capitalist redistribution project seeks to address not only the legacy of historic anti-Black racism but also the contemporary reality of the racial wealth gap.​ An abundance of wealth exists right now, but it disproportionately rests in the hands of white families. This project provides a platform for those benefiting from racial capitalism or experiencing class privilege in some way to use a reparations lens to facilitate wealth redistribution to Black individuals and communities.

Our member shares: 

  • There are 12 of us in the group, and we’ve all been diving deep into the racial exploitation in our own wealth and class privilege and holding ourselves accountable to giving big amounts. It does look like we are going to be moving a substantial amount to recipients between fundraising and [personal] giving. 
  • We are asking both ourselves and others to make their contributions consistent moving forward AND to try to move large, substantial amounts before the end of this circle on November 15th. 
  • Total amount will be announced to all people who give, but likely won’t be announced widely unless recipients decide to share widely. 

We feel passionately about the work that this group is doing, and the call to reflect on our own relationship to money, wealth, and class privilege, and for the call to “give uncomfortably” and hold ourselves accountable. We hope that you all feel the same! There is a PayPal address in the one-pager above. We just ask that you please let us know your amount (info@surjsantacruz.com) so we can track efforts. And please reach out with any questions! 

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