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SURJ MN is a local Minnesota Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). SURJ is 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 multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country 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.
We envision a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a sustainable world.
Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. We have some biracial people who are part of the group and we have had people of color attend, though usually just out of curiosity to see what all these white folks are up to.
While everyone is welcome, the programming is specifically designed for white folks. White people have been told for years by POC activists that we need to educate and organize our own people. So that’s what we try to do at SURJ MN. Our education events focus on educating white people about white supremacy, and the ways in which whites are advantaged by white supremacist structures and can use their positionality to work against those structures. In our action planning, we consider what kinds of actions we might be best positioned to carry out as white people in the fight for racial justice (either because of access or resources or social networks).
So, certainly anyone is welcome to attend our events. But they are definitely intended as spaces to educate and organize people who are generally perceived by others as white.
For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.