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SURJ SAN MATEO is a group of people who organize, mobilize and educate white folks and other folks with privilege for racial justice in San Mateo County.


We are part of a multiracial movement and the SURJ National Network with over 200 chapters and affiliates in 46 states.


We work with Accountability Partners led by people of color to show up in the ways they request and are supporting issues such as housing justice, immigration rights and reimagining public safety.

Read more about what SURJ San Mateo has been doing in our community in the
May 2021 Advocate Newsletter


SURJ San Mateo in Action


Educational Opportunities

Bystander Intervention Training 


Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment have been on the rise across the U.S. In these one-hour interactive workshops, co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) and Hollaback!, you’ll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without ever compromising your safety. Workshops are available on multiple days and times. Click below for more information on this free training.

Book Discussion

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THE COLOR OF LAW: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

March 3, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

Sign up for our discussion of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein. When the book won the 2018 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, the award summary said that it had provided “incontrovertible evidence that it was the laws and policies passed by local, state, and federal governments that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.” And it’s readable!


Start reading and see if neighborhoods in your city (yes, even in San Mateo County) have been shaped by discriminatory policies in the past or present. We will discuss the book on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. You will receive the link before the event by registering with Eventbrite.

SURJ Bay Area Webinar

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January 22, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Saturday Dialogues support the difficult emotional work of dismantling white supremacy within ourselves and our communities in order to fortify our hearts, minds, and bodies to continue to show up for racial justice. We provide opportunities to explore internal barriers that are holding us back from living out our desire to work for racial justice and practice how to deeply listen to each other to create a culture that supports calling people into the movement from a place of love. We utilize large group and small group dialogues that are grounded in theories of social change and anti-racist white identity development. We see this space as open to any white person who is interested in honest conversation, reflection, and confrontation with race, racism, and white privilege. This space is intended to help people build resilience in order to move into a more active role in dismantling white supremacy.