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GroupBudget August- December 2017?Core Team Point Person(s)Description of ProjectMost Recent EventNext EventHow do new people join?
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Action/MobilizationLucy, Lex, AmityThis group has previously worked on three main campaigns: anti-policing, anti-islamophobia, and Standing Rock. Most recently, this group has been meeting to work through the details of the anti-policing campaign. As these campaigns begin to meet independently of the A&M group, we will discuss whether this group will merge with the campaigns or continue to meet to brainstorm other campaign ideas/ plan trainings, etc.Mobilized SURJ folks to testify at the Mpls City Council hearing on the city budget, including police budget.
Meeting 12/14 to work on the curriculum, format, and launch details for the anti-policing campaignContact SURJ MN Email.
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Anti-DeportationYesAmity, Carolyn, EssieAt our November meeting, there was a lot of energy around creating a group focused on anti-deportation work. This is a new group and we are just beginning to develop goals and strategies moving forward.Breakout group at 11/20 general meetingplanning training about de-escalation, defenseContact SURJ MN Email.
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Anti-IslamophobiaLucy, LexPartnering with organizations around MN mobilizing folks against islamophobia and working to hold rallies/gatherings that show support for our Muslim neighbors. Some of the organizations we are working with are CAIR MN, Unitecloud, and Minnesotans against Islamophobia. This campaign is very much still being built! We are looking for anyone who has excitement about this to reach out and take on some meeting planning. Supported Unitecloud at a rally in St.Cloud in support to show support for Somali Muslims Some ideas moving forward are: Discussing how SURJ can support a Unitecloud lawn sign campaign, hoping to increase efforts to fight against CVE, reaching out to CAIR to see how SURJ can best support their anti-islamophobia work surrounding inauguration.Contact SURJ MN Email.
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Anti-PolicingLex, Lucy, Carolyn, Sophie, PatWe are currently working to develop a campaign to create circles of white folks who will discuss the history of policing and alternatives to policing. The main goal of these circles will be to dig further into the deep-seated attachment that a lot of white folks have to the police, and to support policy change to shrink the power of police. Mobilized SURJ folks to testify at the Mpls City Council hearing on the city budget, including police budget.
Campaign launch at some point in Jan/FebContact SURJ MN Email.
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Anti Racist Teacher GroupYes?This group holds monthly meetings to discuss topics related to antiracism in the classroom and to coordinate actions that we can take as teachers. This group meets on the second Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Northeast College Prep.The December meeting focused on the school to prison pipeline. We discussed some articles for background and how we see it playing out in each of our learning contexts. We also talked about NOCs work to get SROs out of classrooms in Minneapolis Public Schools.Our January meeting will be with Amber at NOC. She's coming in to talk with people about the work NOC is doing in MPLS for equity in schools and how people can get involved.Contact SURJ MN Email.
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Class discussionsEmily, LexUnderstanding how capitalism and white supremacy intersect in white people's lives, and how both racism and classism are used to divide ppl; growing our skills to work across class; looking for opportunities to support anti-racist work led by poor & WC white ppl.Discussion at 9/18 general meetingNext discussion will take place at January general meeting
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Deep canvassingN/AErikaThis group works to engage white people in extended conversations about topics such as community safety. Previously this has taken the form of going door to door and starting conversations with folks, but we are working on how we can morph this into house parties/other types of events to spark meaningful conversations during the winter months. Went door-to-door in November and talked to people about community safetyNothing planned thus far.Contact SURJ MN email
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De-EscalationEmilyThis group was created out of a breakout at the 11/20 general meeting and will focus on creating trainings and discussions about intervention/de-escalation strategies in the face of hate crimesBreakout group at 11/20 general meetingCurrently planning training about de-escalation & defenseContact SURJ MN Email.
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FamiliesAmity, JeffreyThis group is working on bringing families into the movement; both practical steps like childcare, and trainings--how to talk to kids about white supremacy, etc.Breakout group at 1/15 general meeting.Breakout at next gmContact SURJ MN email. Come to GM.
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Legislative Action GroupAmityThis group is working on advancing SURJ MN's mission through advocacy at the capitol.First meeting was December 3. About 8 people were there. We are all contacting POC led groups to check in about their legislative priorities before the next meeting.Public meeting December 14. Will be reporting back about research into POC-led groups policy agendas, bringing new folks into the work, and preparing people to testify against increased sentencing lengths at the Sentencing Guildelines Commission on December 21.Contact SURJ MN Email.
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Media bias group?In the Media Bias Group, SURJ MN members develop and use their skills for media analysis. We call attention to examples of white supremacist media bias in local news coverage. This group has been dormant for the last couple of months, but hopes to revive in the new year. We will be writing media analysis pieces for publication on the SURJ MN website's blog as well as letters to the editor for local news sites.Contact SURJ MN email
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Men in the MovementN/AJeffreyFrom the level of participation in SURJ to the results of the November election, we find motivation to discover how to bring more white-skinned, cis males into the movement for racial justice. This project is focused on that task. Why are some of us active? What moved us from passivity to commitment? What is holding back others like us? How can we use this new understanding to change our legacy and build the movement?Not activeContact jeffrey.berger@mac.com to connect.
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No DAPL Solidarity CommitteeCarolyn, Lex, JeffreySupport the movement to block DAPL and similar projects. This effort is at the intersection of protecting the environment, opposing genocide and supporting indigenous rights.A team created https://www.divestfromdaplmn.orgWorking on partnering with other organizations to plan future actionsContact SURJ MN Email
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ReparationsEmily, Essie, CarolynThis group works through how white folks can meaninfully engage in reparations, the various forms this can take, and how reparations fits into a larger context of social changeHad the first Reparations Forum event on 11/16/16.Next forums will be on Sunday, January 29 from 12p-2:30p; and on Wednesday, February 22 from 6p-8:30p. More details to come via email & Facebook.Come to the next forum.
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SURJ Family GroupKathleen, Amity, JeffreyThe movement for racial justice must be as broad as possible. People with children often experience special barriers blocking their full participation. This project is aimed at investigating those barriers and removing them. We want to help our children become even more clear sighted than we in seeing how white supremacy damages us all and must be brought down.The Families group was requested by a number of people who attend SURJ MN Meetings. There wasn't a lot of clarity about what they would like the group to do. Two parents designed a survey to guage interest in the group. About 100 people responded to the survey and expressed interest in getting something going.Amity and Kathleen are going to talk with the parents that have been heading this up about how they want to proceed. Kathleen will transition off the project after that meeting. Amity & Jeffrey will continue to be the core liaison for the group.Contact SURJ MN Email.
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TrainingsJeffrey, Amity, Liz, ErikaDeveloping a series of trainings to get people into SURJ MN's work.Kathleen has sent an email to the group to find a date to meet.Meeting the week of 12/19 to discuss next steps.Contact SURJ MN Email.
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Video project (Communications)CarolynCreating video content for our website. We need videos that introduce people to SURJ MN and our work, testimonal videos of white folks talking about why they are involved in SURJ MN and the struggle against white supremacy, and videos that introduce our campaigns. We also need a group of people that can show up to events and actions, livestream them, and create short (less than two or three minute) summary videos. Experience is great, but not necessary. Some online training is available through PowerLabs webinars.Met during a break out group in spring 2016. Once the website gets started, we can try to get people to work on this. No events currently scheduled.Contact SURJ MN Email.
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Website project (Communications)YesCarolyn, JeffreyCreating a website for SURJ MN. We need both web developers and people who can create content for the site. We also need people who are willing to commit to ongoing maintenance of the site, since events will need to be added pretty regularly.
We have begun working on static content development, e.g., About, FAQ. A team has also been filling the role of project manager, drawing up a skills/inventory, discussing develpment platforms and hosting choices
The google group is the current focus of acitivity with a 1st face to face meeting being organized for further discussion/work.Contact SURJ MN Email.
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