Basebuilding

About Us & Our Work

The primary goal of the Basebuilding Working Group is to help new members find ways to advocate for social justice and fight white supremacy. We also help existing SURJ SF Working Groups to engage individuals with the skills they’re looking for to continue their work.

We tend to think of ourselves as “social justice facilitators,” speaking with prospective members 1:1 to determine how they can engage with anti-racist organizing in a way that will be both meaningful and interesting to them.

We also aim to strengthen the bond between existing members, creating virtual and physical spaces where current SURJ SF members can get to know one another better. We believe that individuals who are engaged and who find community within the movement will be more effective in their work.

Recent Events & Initiatives

  1. Sourcing internships for the American Indian Cultural District (AICD) youth members for summer 2022.

  2. Helping to plan the January 2022 SURJ SF Dialogue event to create goals and an accountability framework for the year

  3. Our October 2021 membership drive and current member meet-up at Dolores Park, which was also a fundraiser for the AICD (pictured above and at left)

  4. Living on Ramaytush Ohlone Land, where we heard from the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone about their current focuses and what it means to be indigenous in the Bay Area and California today; we also raised funds for them

How often do we meet?

We meet weekly for ½ an hour, though our schedule does fluctuate depending on our bandwidth.

We typically do anywhere between 1–5 hours of work for SURJ SF per week depending on the initiatives and tasks at hand.

Join Us!

We would love to talk to you if you’re interested in joining the fight against white supremacy and advocating for social, racial, and economic justice in San Francisco and beyond!

Contact Info

Email us at surjsfbasebuilding@gmail.com to set up a 30 minute 1:1 meeting, or check out our actions page on our website or on Action Network to find out about upcoming opportunities to engage.

Resources

As a way of entree into the group, we commonly reference:

  1. The 7 SURJ Values: common values that provide a framework for how we relate to each other as activists and how we conduct ourselves in our work

  2. The SURJ SF Accountability Organizations: we strive to connect our work to the larger movement by responding to calls from and raising money for our accountability organizations. This is not an exhaustive list.

Interested in organizing with SURJ SF and/or Basebuilding? Email surjsfbasebuilding@gmail.com.