SURJ NYC is a chapter of a national network organizing white people for racial justice.
SURJ NYC is the local chapter of a national network working to undermine white supremacy and make strides towards 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 in NYC on local racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.
We stand for the dignity of the people murdered by the NYPD including Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham, Akai Gurley, Kalief Browder and all who are unnamed in the media. We stand for accountability of our police, politicians, the corporate elite, and one another. We act collectively and publicly to break white silence.
We learn from the long history of People of Color and white people who struggled for ending all systems of oppression. We play our role in building a powerful multiracial majority for justice and liberation. We show up.
We envision a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity, and a sustainable world.
Calling people in, not calling out
In many activist circles, there can be a culture of shame and blame. It is our charge to bring as many white people into taking action for racial justice as possible, so we focus on bringing folks with us while holding one another accountable.
Taking risks, learning and keep going
People of color take risks every day to simply live their lives. We challenge ourselves and other white people to take risks to stand up against a racist system. We’ll make mistakes, and we will learn from them.
Tapping into mutual interest
We use the term mutual interest to help us move from the idea of helping others or only considering what benefits us, to understanding that our own liberation as white people - our own humanity - is inextricably linked to racial justice.
Enough for everyone
There is enough for all of us, but it is unequally distributed and structurally contained to keep resources scarce. We fight the culture and the structures that limit and control global capital by creating a different world together.
Accountability through collective action
We take action against racist attacks. We challenge structural racism, immigrant oppression, and indigenous struggles. We nurture ongoing relationships with people of color and organizations led by people of color.
Growing is good
To grow our work, we will have to be unafraid of bringing in new people - even those who do not "talk our talk" or “do it right.” To undermine white supremacy and join people of color led efforts for fundamental change, we will need us all.