Values & Frequently Asked Questions

OUR GUIDING VALUES

  • Racial justice is central to the liberation of all people
  • We are accountable to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) folks in our communities, and to one another. We understand that accountability and feedback are acts of connection, faith, and community.
  • We are committed to calling white people in, to staying in relationship, and to giving and receiving feedback
  • We come to this work with integrity, power, and even calling, rather than anxiety, shame, guilt, or fear
  • We come to this work from a place of imagination and determination, rather than scarcity or self-defeat
  • It is a sacred duty of white people to redistribute wealth and resources to BIPOC individuals, groups, and communities
  • The path of anti-racism is lifelong, and we as white people will always be on the journey, never at the end

 

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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