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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 affordable housing, immigration rights and police oversight.

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

SURJ San Mateo Teach-In

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THE ART OF CALLING-IN: Dismantling Racism Not Relationships

Tuesday, July 27 @ 6:00 PM

You've likely heard of the “cancel culture” or the “call-out culture” but what does it mean to “call-in” someone? How do you approach someone to disrupt racism when there's a POWER IMBALANCE? What are the best ways to INFLUENCE CHANGE? How do you handle the MESSY EMOTIONS that arrive with conflict? What are the four white privilege BARRIERS that get in the way of progress? What do you do when someone calls YOU in? SURJ San Mateo will cover all this and more at our upcoming Teach-In! 

Bystander Intervention Training 


Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the U.S. and the world. 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 Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Thursday, July 29 @ 7:00 PM

In this critically acclaimed, modern classic of narrative nonfiction, three young people set out on a perilous journey out of the Jim Crow South to the North and West in search of what the novelist Richard Wright called “the warmth of other suns.” This deeply researched book interweaves their stories with the larger forces that triggered one of the largest migrations within the borders of this country.

Join us to discuss how the Great Migration has consequences that persist to the current day!

Art and Justice Workshop


July 25, August 8 and August 22 @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm

This workshop series is for artists and organizers who want to gain skills and experience using art as a way to practice courage, commitment, and leadership in social justice work. By the end of the three part series, participants will have both designed and implemented their own Make Art Make Justice workshop in their communities. Led by members of the South Bay Area SURJ Chapter (SURJ @ Sacred Heart)’s Art & Culture Working Group, this intensive will share all the tools you need to develop, plan, and run your workshop, and discuss ways that practicing art with your members strengthens and uplifts organizing work for the long haul.