justice advocates and accomplices,
Here is our
somewhat weekly TC SURJ newsletter, with ways to show
up for justice this week and beyond, either virtually or in person--pick one or
two or more! This is long, slow, deep work, in dangerous and rapidly changing times, and we're grateful to be in it
Hands Universal is serving free power smoothies every weekday morning from
9-11 am at 320 West State Street, between Plain and Albany Streets. Stop by to
get a smoothie or drop off some fruits and veggies!
the word to your non-white friends and family about a healing retreat this
Saturday, August 29 at 5pm, being hosted by the Multicultural Resource
for Jacob Blake! Call and Email!
John Antaramian 262-653-4000 #1 and Councilman
Randy Hernadez 262-653-4000 #2
Attorney's Office (262)653-6404 WI Attorney General John Kaul (608-266-1221)
Email Mayor John Antaramian mayor@... Kenosha District Attorney michael.graveley@...
Chief of Police Daniel G. Miskinis dgm398@...
Sample Script: Hello I'm calling to demand that you
immediately fire and arrest the officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back seven
times. This officer attempted to murder an unarmed father in front of his
children, and is clearly unfit to hold their position as a police officer.
local multiracial coalition has been working to draft demands to
drastically shrink the budget of the Ithaca Police Department and invest in
true safety and community needs. After several weeks of strategizing,
the antiracist coalition has completed a demand letter (text is below) and is
launching a popular education and agitation campaign around the demands. The
first step is for as many Ithaca-area residents as possible to sign and
share the letter: Letter: bit.ly/2DLWLtQ Sign on form: bit.ly/3kCf45y
your name today! If you are part of an organization that wants to be a part of
the coalition and help strategize moving forward, or have questions/comments,
reach out at tompkinscoalition@....
5) Get active through Action Hours this coming Monday!
Feeling rage and deep sadness about racism
and white supremacy, but not sure what to do? Join TC SURJ for an hour of
action! We’ll meet
over Zoom this coming Monday, August 31 at 3 pm for concrete steps you can take
during that time —calling or emailing elected officials, signing petitions, etc.—in Wisconsin and in Ithaca- to combat
racism against Black & Indigenous people and communities of color.
Register with elanshapiro343@...
6) Dryden-Groton Plus - Human Dignity Coalition
We are community residents who promote human dignity for all
people. We seek to change the reality that the world, as it is, does not value
white people and people of color equally. We are working to build rural
communities where all people can feel that they belong and are respected. We
welcome all - black, brown, indigenous, other people of color and white people
- who are interested in joining us in this work. Meeting the first Friday and the third Tuesday of each month. Contact:
7) Mark your
calendars and spread the word for a peaceful anti-racism demonstration in
Enfield The demonstration is taking place on Saturday September 5
(Labor Day weekend) from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
8) WAASR - (White Allies
Against Structural Racism) is a group of local white people committed to
raising awareness about and supporting actions to dismantle local structural
racism. We facilitate a monthly discussion session on the second Thursday
of the month (next gathering Sept 10,
6-8 pm) for white people to learn, think, and plan together. This is
a space for personal reflection and expression, for thinking out loud, and for
discussing internal conflicts that arise from doing the work and living with
structural racism. Contact: ritgallucci@...
9) Make calls with National SURJ's Collect Your Cousins campaign to help
educate others and influence votes in swing states. August, September, and October phone banks will
be calling white voters in Georgia that the Democratic party has written
off — and that the far right is already talking to. We need to narrow a gap of
about 55,000 white voters in GA and PA to win in November. Sign up
for upcoming dates. And we hope you’ll collect some of your own cousins (friends
and family) to join you! Remember that you can visit the SURJ Phone Bank Volunteer Resources list any time, and training will be provided before you
start making calls.
free to share any other resources or ways to take action to tcsurj@... and
we will forward!
In solidarity, the TC SURJ Leadership Team