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SURJ Northfield Meeting

  • Northfield Public LIbrary Northfield, MN 55057 (map)

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Northfield's next meeting is at 3:15 on Sunday February 26th in the Northfield Public Library. Childcare will be provided. "We'll be talking more about planning living room conversations, local political mobilizing, and other steps forward for our organization. Hope to see you there!"

A bit about them:
SURJ is a space to mobilize white activists to educate, organize, and mobilize other white people. That’s *not* to say that SURJ is a space for white guilt, exclusion, or complacency. The premise of organizing white people as secondary leaders in the fight for racial justice, rather than placing ourselves on the front lines, comes from questions of taking up too much space. Whiteness is always present and even while working to dismantle white supremacy, our best intentions can cause harm and take up too much space in other activist spaces. As people of color face institutionalized racism and state violence, SURJ’s work attempts to relieve the “double burden” of having to educate white people about how to be better. In terms of education, it's seeking to provide a space that white folks can process and challenge white supremacy in a space that doesn't inflict more damage upon people of color, and in terms of organizing, it's asserting that racism is our legacy -- and therefore our responsibility to address within white communities. (These ideas are articulated in words much better than my own on the SURJ website's accountability platform).