The end of 2018 was marked by lots of parties and social gatherings bringing together organizers and raising money for organizations run by and for people of color.
Friday, November 9: Screening of Ava Duvernay’s 13th at MINKA Brooklyn
SURJ members came together to view Ava Duvernay’s documentary on mass incarceration, participate in a group discussion, and build community. Co-hosted by MINKA and the Brooklyn Center for Sacred Activism.
Thursday, November 15: Parole Preparation Project Welcome Home Party and Fundraiser
Folks came together to celebrate the homecoming of the many Parole Preparation Project applicants who were recently released from prison after serving decades inside. There was food, drinks, music, and great company! Tickets were sold sliding scale, starting at $25.
Saturday, December 8: Rage Against White Supremacy: A Fundraiser with SURJ Central Brooklyn
The SURJ Central Brooklyn chapter danced out all our fury at 2018 while raising money to support organizing in our neighborhood! All donations went directly to the Brooklyn Movement Center, who are building black and brown power in Central Brooklyn and leading efforts in our neighborhood to fight gentrification and police violence.
Sunday, December 9: Send Them Home for the Holidays: A Letter-Writing Party
SURJ members joined Survived and Punished NY for "Send them Home for the Holidays," a holiday card writing party for those behind prison walls in New York State. Sending cards and small gift packages is one way that we can lessen the loneliness experienced during the winter time.
Thursday, December 13: Welcome Home Fundraiser
This merry everything holiday party raised funds for people leaving prison on parole, in association with Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) and the Parole Preparation Project (PPP). It was a night of food, drinks, stories, music, and some wealth redistribution! Tickets were sold on a recommended sliding scale of $25-$100, but no one was turned away for lack of funds. Check out this video clip of the event to see more!