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. 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. 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 state 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.

Our Vision

We envision a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a sustainable world.

Our Structure

SURJ MN is an organization made up of a core team and various working groups. Our core team is responsible for choosing campaigns, interacting with accountability partners, and making strategic decisions for the organization. Our working groups take on projects that support our campaigns and advance our mission, vision, and values.

We are a leaderful organization—which means everyone involved with SURJ MN can take on leadership in some way. We are committed to leadership development and shared decision-making throughout the organization.

Our Core Team

  • Jeffrey Berger
  • Katie Fritz
  • Sophie Guterl
  • Lex Horan
  • Andrew Kuledge
  • Essie Schlotterbeck
  • Carolyn Szczepanski
  • Erika Thorne
  • Lucy Wasserburg


  • Why does SURJ MN organize white people? Isn’t that exclusionary, maybe even racist?
    • SURJ’s role as part of a multi-racial movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially just society. Read more here.

  • When are your meetings?

  • Are newcomers welcome?

    • Newcomers are always welcome! We are always looking to bring new people into the organization and general meetings are a great first step for getting involved with SURJ MN.

  • Why can’t I find an office or phone listing for you?

    • SURJ MN is an all-volunteer organization. We have no paid staff and no office. We all have other paid work and our organizing work is something we do in our spare time because we are passionate about it.

  • Are you a 501(c)3 organization?

    • We aren’t. And currently, we do not have plans to become one.

  • I want to donate to SURJ MN. How can I do that?

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