Upcoming Meetings and Events

Saturday, September 23, 10am-12pm: No Sanctuary For Hate Canvassing
Old Town Farmers’ Market, 301 King St, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

This month, we are back at the Alexandria farmer’s market canvassing for expanded sanctuary and calling attention to the presence of white supremacist Richard Spencer in our community. We are asking: who is safe in Alexandria?

Alexandria’s mayor and city council aren’t doing enough to make our communities safer for people of color. They keep telling us that Alexandria is not a sanctuary city, but Richard Spencer and his cronies certainly feel safe here. We want an ***expanded sanctuary*** that removes the threat of racist policing, ends collusion with ICE and other federal agencies harming immigrants and Muslim communities, and works to make Alexandria safe for ALL people of color, including disabled, queer, and trans folks.

We are asking people to come and canvass, or hold large signs inviting shoppers to consider these questions.

Saturday, September 23-24, 8am-6pm on 9/23, 10am-4pm on 9/24: Deep Canvass
TBA, Fairfax, VA

Now, more than ever, in the wake of Charlottesville 8/11-8/12, SURJ NoVA and SURJ DC are committed to Deep Canvassing in Virginia. As part of our steadfast commitment, we’re excited to announce that SURJ NoVA and SURJ DC, along with SURJ National will be hosting a special Deep Canvassing weekend September 23-24

We would like to invite you to both our Sunday, September 24th canvass focused on talking to neighbors about racial issues in Northern Virginia as well as our Saturday, September 23rd Deep Canvass Training Event being put on by SURJ National in DC. We would love to have you attend the training so you can build relationships, deepen your skills, and build your leadership as part of our team before hitting the doors on Sunday!

If you’re able to join us for either the Sunday canvass or the Saturday training, please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5USBPO3qkXWg_8WfwCYSVB-elxBEVk2IgrxksJJ_yYS2yjg/viewform.

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Saturday, September 30, 10am-10pm: March for Black Women
Lincoln Park, Washington, DC

We’ve been getting questions about how to show up for the March for Racial Justice on September 30 in DC. We are supporting the March for Black Women, which was developed at the same time, and has now become a march-within-a-march. We will share more about the coordinated effort across the DMV and some potential art building events next week. More info from the organizers:

On September 30, 2017 Black women in all their diversity will march on the National Mall and the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. to denounce the propagation of state-violence and the widespread incarceration of Black women and girls, rape and all sexualized violence, the murders and brutalization of transwomen and the disappearances of our girls from our streets, our schools and our homes.

Go to http://www.mamablack.org/march-for-black-women to learn about:

  • The D.C. march route
  • The Partners Black Women’s Blueprint, BYP100 and Trans Sistas of Color Project and more
  • How to organize a march in your City
  • Standing in solidarity with Black women of the Global South
  • Membership
  • Resources
  • Facts/Why we must rally, speak, organize, protest and/or march

Sunday, October 1, 7-9pm: Monthly Chapter Meeting
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA

Friday, October 6, 7-9pm: SURJ Book Group: This Is an Uprising
Wegmans, 11620 Monument Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030

Join us for a discussion of chapter 8 of This is an Uprising by Mark and Paul Engler. Our reading of “This is An Uprising” is a follow-up to our discussion of The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Uprising elaborates on Alexander’s insistence that a mass movement, rather than minor legal tweaking, will be necessary to dismantle the current system of racial control known as mass incarceration.

We’ll meet upstairs at Fairfax Wegmans. Grab some food or drink and come through. Whether you’re caught up on the reading or not, you can come for the discussion! It’s a great opportunity to invite friends.

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Sunday, November 12, 7-9pm: Monthly Chapter Meeting
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA

Sunday, December 10, 7-9pm: Monthly Chapter Meeting
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA