Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Santa Cruz County
SURJ SCC Member Meeting • Wednesday July 7, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
We will meet, socialize, and take action together. Please join if you can. All are welcome!
“WE NEED YOU DEFECTING FROM WHITE SUPREMACY AND CHANGING THE NARRATIVE OF WHITE SUPREMACY BY BREAKING WHITE SILENCE.”
~Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Special Projects Director at the National Domestic Worker Alliance
For decades, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) have been asking white people to organize our own. That’s how SURJ began 11 years ago. Now, more than ever, we need all hands on deck.
SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Santa Cruz County is part of a national network of over 175 chapters and affiliates nationwide who are organizing white people to work for racial and economic justice for all. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multiracial, cross-class movement for justice with passion and accountability.
Our chapter includes all of Santa Cruz County: Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Aptos, Felton, Ben Lomond, and Boulder Creek.
What does accountability mean?
We accept the challenge that writer and activist Ijeoma Oluo lays out: It is white people’s responsibility to use our racial privilege to dismantle white supremacy. We believe that it is also white people’s responsibility to educate ourselves about systemic, institutional and interpersonal racism and it is white people’s responsibility to excavate our own personal legacy of racism. Though white people have the responsibility to organize other white people to show up for racial justice, we do so in relationships of accountability with people of color led organizations.
We work on the issues that matter most to our accountability partners. When they ask us to show up, we show up. This means that we don’t just come to general SURJ meetings and think that our work is done–we fight for racial justice where we can whenever we can.