Thursday, July 20, 6:30 pm (doors open at 6): August 12 Preparation
All Souls Unitarian in DC: 1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009.
Saturday, July 8th, a multi-racial coalition in Charlottesville stood up to the Klan in overwhelming numbers. Police responded to demonstrators with brutality, protecting the Klan with aggressive force.
On August 12, Richard Spencer and the alt-right will be picking up where the Klan left off with their own convening in Charlottesville. DC-area SURJ chapters plan to mobilize folks and build support for the local counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville. We are working with SURJ chapters in DC and the Maryland suburbs to get ready for this effort.
To support the action in Charlottesville, we’ll need to train carers (providing emotional and food/water support), legal observers, de-escalators, remote support (social media, supply gatherers, etc.) and get clear about what’s involved in the upcoming action. At this meeting, we will have breakouts to build our skills and define our roles for the action within “affinity groups.” Participants will make commitments to their affinity groups and outline plans to continue building strength for the action in August and beyond. Even if you can’t make the trip on the 12th, there is work to be done to get ready and support that we’ll need remotely. Whatever your skills or in/experience with this kind of action, there is a place for you!
Help with set up and clean up for this meeting is needed, if you can volunteer, please contact email@example.com. SURJ NoVa is offering a carpool from the Virginia ‘burbs to make sure everyone who wants to attend this meeting can. Sign up to drive or to ride: https://groupcarpool.com/t/
Thursday, July 27, 7pm: Change the Name: School Board Vote
Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042
Update: The school board has once again delayed the vote to change the name of JEB Stuart High school. The vote on this question is scheduled for July 27 following a work session on July 17. You can also view video from the June 8th meeting where students and community members spoke on the name change (during citizen participation section), or from the Jun 12 work session on the renaming.
We also need people to keep emailing school board members and let them know you want a change! It is important that you email the members individually (just copy and paste your message to each person):
Saturday, July 29, 11am-5pm: Deep Canvassing in Fairfax County
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton, VA 22124
Deep canvassing is a 5-6 hour commitment to participate in a training where we provide political context for this work and practice our conversation and storytelling skills. During this time, you’re invited to fill up on some delicious grub and connect with fellow canvassers and trainers preparing to go out into our community. We canvass in pairs for safety and support, and share out what we experienced and learned when we return to the group.
This work is an important part of mobilizing white people for racial justice. Deep canvassing directly challenges white comfort and white silence, and asks us to dig deeper to examine our own motivations and mutual interest in ending white supremacy. This program challenges us to do white folk work both in our community but also in ourselves. We talk a lot about our SURJ value of “calling people in, not calling out.” Deep canvass is fertile ground for nurturing and growing those skills. It’s also good practice for risk-taking and building resilience for the long haul.