In San Francisco, SURJ follows the lead of many organizations and leaders of color, even as we take responsibility to working for racial justice in our own communities. We work to hold ourselves accountable to communities of color organizing for liberation. We appreciate the leadership of the groups on this page, which represent some of the organizations and campaigns SURJ SF actively supports.
Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community - Justice for Mario Woods
Fighting for justice for Mario Woods and other victims of police violence. With founder, Phelicia Jones, the organization has been working towards three demands: remove police Chief Suhr (achieved May16, 2016); have charges brought against killer cops; and, have an independent pattern & practices investigation into SFPD.
SURJ SF supports Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community - Justice for Mario Woods in their continued fight for their demands. SURJ SF members supported their work to establish Mario Woods Remembrance Day, have joined in standing opposed to the use of tasers by SFPD, and continue to support actions against police violence in San Francisco's African-American communities.
The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)
The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) is a grassroots organization working to empower and organize our community towards justice and self-determination for all. AROC members build community power in the Bay Area by participating in leadership development, political education, and campaigns.
SURJ SF members have supported AROC's leadership in opposing the Muslim Ban and shutting down airports until people detained were released. We've supported their advocacy in winning Arabic and Vietnamese language pathways in SF Public Schools and are currently working with them to ensure SFUSD signs an MOU with AROC which will allow them to help implement the language pathways and continue to support and build leadership of Arab youth experiencing high levels of racism in the current climate.
Abundant Beginnings is a community education and empowerment initiative that is re-imagining how communities can grow learners who think critically, live responsibly, and create meaningful change. We center the needs of those who are currently marginalized from meaningful educational experiences, with emphases on students of color, gender expansive and queer students, and differently-abled learners.
SURJ SF works closely with Abundant Beginnings in organizing family friendly racial justice teach-ins and actions for young activists, parents, educators, and caregivers.