Upcoming Meetings and Events

Friday, December 1, 7-9pm: SURJ Non-fiction Book Group: This is an Uprising
Location: Wegmans, 11620 Monument Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030

The SURJ NoVa nonfiction reading group is continuing our reading and discussion of “This is An Uprising” by Mark & Paul Engler, and you’re welcome to join us! Our reading for this meeting is chapter 10: The Ecology of Change.

Last fall, after watching the PBS documentary adaptation of Douglas Blackmon’s “Slavery By Another Name,” we read Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow” in light of the more recent Movement for Black Lives’ platform. Our reading of “This is An Uprising” follows 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.

“This is An Uprising” is widely available through local libraries or bookstores. If you have time and access, you may also prepare by watching “Slavery By Another Name” (free online) and Ava DuVernay’s “13th” (streaming on Netflix) and checking out the Movement for Black Lives platform (free online).

Even if you have not yet attended any of our discussions or read any of the materials, we invite you to join us!

We meet in Wegmans’ upstairs dining area, above the prepared foods department (hot bar, salad bar, pizza, sandwiches, etc.). Feel free to purchase snacks, a meal, and/or a drink on your way up.

Saturday, December 2, 11a-5pm: Deep Canvassing
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA

SURJ NoVA and SURJ DC are committed to holding space for conversations about racial justice through Deep Canvassing in Virginia. Our next opportunity is Saturday, December 2nd; we are going to end the year on a high note, please join us!.

Please sign up here to participate on Saturday, December 2, from 11-5, location TBA: https://goo.gl/forms/UBZL1UurK20TeJIz1. Registration will close at 5pm on 11/29.

We want to have a super-successful cap-off for 2017! We welcome returning canvassers (who will have a chance to try out new personal stories, or refine their old ones to best create a space of vulnerability for canvassees in our current 2.0 training), as well as new canvassers.

Join SURJ NOVA and SURJ DC to have important conversations with Northern VA residents about race and racial justice. We’re using long-term, research-based strategies meant to push our neighbors to collectively re-think their support for systemic white supremacy. Every session is 6 hours long, and volunteers should plan to join for the entire time. We do a thorough training, including a practice, go out on the doors, and then come back to share what we’ve learned. Thanks so much for being part of this important work!

We invite you to get more involved with our event and are always looking to help people plug in; there are lots of easy ways to do so! We need volunteers to cook either one lunch dish, or an entire lunch. We need volunteers willing to do some data entry. We need folks who can help us make some outreach phone calls. We need a couple volunteers who can show up early and help us greet canvassers and create a welcoming atmosphere. If you can show up in any of these ways, please contact SURJDeepCanvass@gmail.com.

A note about the day: We will also be asking folks to contribute to the costs of food as they are able. If it’s possible to kick in $5-15 on the day, please consider doing so. No one participating in the day’s training, dining, and canvassing is under obligation to contribute.

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