Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) is an organization that works to mobilize a critical mass of white people to fight for racial justice. It recognizes the responsibility white people bear for fighting against racism and white supremacy, and provides tools and organizing opportunities for white people to support efforts led by people of color.
I attended a webinar soon after the election where SURJ was training people to phone bank to raise money for them and a migrants’ rights organization. It was an encouraging experience to be with hundreds of white people, many of whom had never phone banked before, who were stepping up to do more. Work like this is going to be even more important in the next four years. You can find out more here, find a local chapter here and donate here.
The nightmare has become reality. A bigoted, misogynistic sexual predator has gone from punchline to president-elect of the United States. Like many people, I’ve spent much of the last week wallowing in the immense grief this news has caused, and focusing on the self care that is important for activists to stay in the fight long term.
And fight we must. The discussion about what should have been done differently has only just begun. We must continue that conversation and ensure that we take the right lessons from this experience. But we also have work to do to prepare to greet the era of Trump with the full force of a defiant movement that will not let his hatred represent our country and endanger our people.
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