About SURJ-TC

SURJ-Twin Cities is a 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-TC.

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 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

The SURJ-TC is an organization made up of a core team and members. Our core team is responsible for choosing campaigns, interacting with accountability partners, and making strategic decisions for the organization. Our members 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-TC can take on leadership in some way. We are committed to leadership development and shared decision-making throughout the organization.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Why does SURJ-TC 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.

  • 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-TC.

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

    • SURJ-TC is an all-volunteer organization. We have no paid staff and no office. We all have other paid work, and we do organizing work 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.


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