Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Northern Virginia is a chapter of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice.
Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multiracial movement for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across Northern Virginia while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills, and political analysis to act for change.
Muslim Ban 2.0
Ongoing action from Heather Cronk at SURJ National: SURJ has set up a mobile tool for folks to text the word RESIST to 82623 if they want to continue to engage and/or engage more deeply. If you’re going to Dulles or engaging folks online, a few suggested messages:
“White people: help end our legacy of violence. Text RESIST to 82623 to get involved!”
“White folks – our work isn’t over. Join SURJ by texting RESIST to 82623!”
“White folks – join the resistance to Trump’s agenda! Text RESIST to 82623 to join!”
When folks text that number, we’ll ask them for their zip code so that we know where they live, then we’ll ask them to donate to NQAPIA (supporting LGBTQ Muslims, who will be disproportionately impacted by the ban), join a local SURJ meeting, hold elected officials accountable, or all of the above.
Fairfax County Policing
- No Justice for Giovanny Martinez
- Killing of Giovanny Martinez Sparks Protest in Fairfax
- Press Release: Local Protestors Demand Justice for Natasha McKenna
- Please sign our petition asking Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid to fire the officers involved in killing Natasha McKenna.
- Please also sign a separate petition to Loretta Lynch asking her to expedite the DOJ investigation of the death of Natasha McKenna.
- We demand accountability, change, and federal investigation into the death of Natasha McKenna.
Change the Name
- Read SURJ NoVA member Cat Clark’s remarks to the Alexandria City Council, recommending changing street names that honor the Confederacy
Solidarity with Other Racial Justice Organizations
- Sign on to this urgent effort to stop DC’s Mayor Bowser from increasing police presence in over-policed black communities. Black Lives Matter DMV has been turning out for weeks to stop this bill.
- Thanks to everyone who came to Racial Justice Story Time at the Alexandria libraries! Please check out our Guide to Choosing Race-Conscious Books with Children.
Take a Stand Against Islamophobia
- In March, SURJ NoVa members went into DC to show solidarity with a Muslim woman who was harassed by police at a DC library over her hijab. Take a stand against Islamophobia in your neighborhood or on social media with this placard from SURJ (save this image for electronic use or click on it to purchase a placard):
SURJ NoVA in the News
- Name of Virginia Street Honoring Confederacy’s President Will Change
- Protesters in quiet Va. suburb arrested in action against police violence
- Justice rally held for woman who died in jail after deputies used stun gun on her in 2015
- Protesters demand justice for Natasha McKenna following deaths in Louisiana, Minnesota
- Who counts in our community?
- Fairfax County: Public Safety Committee meets to discuss Ad Hoc Police Review recommendations and the Diversion First initiative
- Protesters Seek Action on Natasha McKenna
- Demonstrators demand justice 1 year after death of Fairfax jail inmate
- Disrupting Trump with SURJ Northern Virginia
- Read our open letter about Cox Farms, the Fraternal Order of Police, and Black Lives Matter.
- Fairfax NAACP holds ”Justice for Natasha McKenna” rally
- ”My Name Is Natasha McKenna”: Protesters Demand Reforms in Va.
- Storify: Justice for #NatashaMcKenna at #FairfaxAdHoc
- A blog post from the African American Policy Forum’s Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Natasha McKenna: When Killing a Black Woman in Crisis is ‘Professionalism'”