This page collects recommended ways to take action against white supremacy in our community.
Get Involved with SURJ
Attend a Meeting
Check our Facebook, homepage or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when the next SURJ Santa Cruz meeting is and how to join us. We’ll discuss the goals and values of SURJ and other ways to get involved.
Join a Committee
SURJ Santa Cruz has the following subcommittees dedicated to antiracist organizing:
- Communications (manages email, web and social communications)
- Basebuilding (recruit new members)
- Defund the Police (work on police abolition)
Contact email@example.com with interest.
Petitions and Legislative Actions
Abolition Action Zaps
In August, we took over 9,500 actions via email and over the phone to support campaigns to #FreeThemAll #DefundPolice #DropTheCharges and more. Join SURJ National for an hour every week in September to work towards liberation together! Register here.
The BREATHE Act is the modern-day civil-rights bill that we deserve. Join us in defending Black lives. Join us on the right side of history.
Bad Apple Bill
Started by Thairie Ritchie, this bill calls for Santa Cruz to establish a better and trusting relationship between Law Enforcement and the community, protect Law Enforcement from internal scrutiny and retaliation for reporting injustices or misconduct within their department and much more.
Justice for Tamario Smith
Tamario Smith died in Santa Cruz County jail on May 10. He’s one of six people to die in Santa Cruz County Jail since 2012. Please join us in asking Santa Cruz Mayor Justin Cummings to investigate his death and provide justice for Tamario and his family.
Rename The “Louden” Nelson Center to The London Nelson Center
Brittnii London of Santa Cruz started this petition to correct the spelling of London Nelson’s name. Nelson was freed slave who donated his land to the Santa Cruz City School District.
Protests and Marches
None currently planned in Santa Cruz County that we’re aware of – Stay Tuned!
UCSC NAACP Forum on Economic Development Saturday, 2 – 4 PM
Are you FED up with the disproportionate distribution of funds towards Police in the Santa Cruz City Budget? Do you wish to support the Economic Development of BIPOC communities? Join us at the Forum on Economic Development so YOU can ask questions and get answers straight from the institutional actors of the City of Santa Cruz. A zoom link will be provided in our bio an hour before the event starts
SURJ Bay Area Action Hours (ongoing)
Meet at noon every Monday and Friday to take concrete steps to combat racism against Black & Indigenous people and communities of color. Find out more Here!
“Remover El Corazon/To Stir the Heart” Film Screening and Fundraiser
Ongoing through Sept 20th
Watsonville Film Festival is showing the film, Remover El Corazon/To Stir the Heart through Sept 20. It is a powerful short documentary from Mexican Director Melissa Elizondo, revealing the power of art in the healing process. It’s a theme we can all relate to during these troubled times.
On Sept 19, 2017, a powerful earthquake shook Mexico. The children of one of the most affected villages learned to transform their trauma through poetry and painting. In San Gregorio Atlapulco, Xochimilco, the creation of community through art shows demonstrates that when the earth opens, our hearts open up too.
There will be a special Q&A with Elizondo on Thurs., Sept 17 at 6pm. Register here.
Support black-owned businesses in Santa Cruz (working Google Doc, not maintained by SURJSC).
Memorial Bench for Tamario Smith
Tamario loved the ocean, and the family would like to get a bench with his name by the beach(facing the ocean). They will greatly appreciate any donations that are made towards this page. The family will also like to thank you in advance for all contributions and shares. Donate Here
Donate to Blended Bridge
Blended Bridge is an organization started by community leaders Ariana Jones and Bella Bonner to amplify BIPOC voices and help the community become better allies. Donate to their initiative to build out workshops and content toward BIPOC empowerment.