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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 done in our community in the

May 2021 Advocate Newsletter


SURJ San Mateo in Action


Educational Opportunities

SURJ Bay Area

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November 10 @ 5:00 PM

November 11 @ 12:00 PM

November 20 @ 1:00 PM

Want to take tangible steps to end racial injustice and white supremacy? Join a SURJ Action Hour! This is one way to truly Show Up for Racial Justice and it's just an hour a week. We meet over Zoom to take concrete steps together ~ calling elected officials, signing petitions, etc.

The facilitators and pod leaders for the November 20th event will all be active members of the Queer & Trans Committee. Everyone is welcome to join!

SURJ National Meetings

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October 20 @ 12:00 PM

November 17 @ 12:00 PM

December 15 @ 12:00 PM

Join SURJ's monthly Abolition Action Hour to come together to take collective action with our partners in the fight for racial and economic justice. In our one-hour gatherings, we make calls, sign petitions, send emails, and take online action to close jails, defund police, invest in communities, protect Indigenous rights to land and water, and more! You’ll receive training and support throughout the session as well as a community of fellow SURJ members to take action with. All are welcome whether you’re a long-time member or are just hearing about SURJ for the first time.

Anti-Harassment Training

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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 Right To Be, you’ll learn methodology for responding to harassment by (1) trusting your instincts, (2) reclaiming your space, and (3) practicing resilience. They also offer Bystander Intervention Training for various real-life situations. Click below for more information on these free workshops.

Calling In Conversations


December 12, 2022 @ 4:00 PM

Calling In Conversations are loosely-themed Zoom chats with Loretta J. Ross and Loan Tran about experiences, stories and questions.

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Join us for Calling In Conversations this month as we discuss Celebrities! They are constantly in the news for using their platforms to share some problematic viewpoints. What would it look like to call in a celebrity?

Community Foundation of San Carlos

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Created as an educational and self-reflection tool by Eddie Moore Jr. and Debby Irving, renowned diversity and equity professionals

Community Foundation of San Carlos offers a challenge that examines the history and impacts of racism, power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity. It allows participants to take a self-guided learning journey to learn, reflect and take action. Each section includes an introduction on a particular topic, followed by several resources such as podcasts, articles, or videos, and many topics have been adapted to apply to San Mateo County. Whether one has a desire to begin to learn more or one wants to further their journey in antiracism education, this is a fantastic resource!

Book Discussion

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ON TYRANNY: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century

November 3, 2022 @ 7:00 PM via Zoom

Timothy Snyder is a History Professor at Yale University whose particular field of interest is in the conflicts of the most recent century. His slim and easily accessible book is a study on the ways in which tyrants and dictators gain and manipulate power and, more importantly, how to identify and thwart those ways. With mid-term elections in early November at a time when democracy in the United States is under direct threat, Snyder's book has never been more timely.


Snyder draws from the darkest hours of the twentieth century to provide hope for the twenty-first. As he writes, “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism and communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.”

On Tyranny is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come. Join us and invite a friend to discuss this important book!