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 175 chapters across the country.
We work with accountability partners led by people of color to show up in the ways they request and are supporting issues such as environmental justice, housing justice, immigration rights and
reimagining public safety.
Read more about what SURJ San Mateo has done in our community in the Advocate Newsletter.
SURJ San Mateo in Action
United Against Hate Week
Millbrae City Hall
California Reparations Report
The California Reparations Report was issued to the state Legislature in June of 2023. The final report surveys the ongoing and compounding harms experienced by African Americans as a result of slavery and its lingering effects on American society today. SURJ San Mateo fully supports proposals for comprehensive statewide reparations for African Americans.
EXONERATE THE PORT CHICAGO 50
On July 17, 1944, a cargo vessel exploded at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in San Francisco. 320 sailors, 202 of whom were African American, were killed in the explosion. Fifty of the sailors, now known as the Port Chicago 50, were threatened with death-by-firing-squad if they did not return to loading explosives, but they resisted. They faced a court martial and were convicted of mutiny. Today, the collective actions of the brave sailors are now widely recognized as one of the catalysts of the modern civil rights movement.
Decades after the trial, the Navy publicly released records revealing hazardous working conditions that violated federal safety laws and regulations, and the sailors should not have been punished for refusing unlawful orders. After nearly 80 years, it's long past time for them to restore honor and justice to the legacies of the brave sailors through full exoneration. We support the exoneration of the Port Chicago 50!
EmbraceRace has many resources for talking to children about racial injustice. One such resource is their conversation with three child and family psychologists who collaborated to write the children’s book, “Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice.” Published by the American Psychological Association, the book follows a white family and a black family as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man. The book includes many resources for parents and educators including child-friendly definitions, sample dialogues, and discussion guides.
Celebrate Asian American Cultures
ASIAN AMERICAN, NATIVE HAWAIIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE
A record 20 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, each with unique cultures, languages and other characteristics. Explore the rich history, traditions and arts of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders on Community Foundation of San Carlos’ website. They also have a comprehensive list of Asian-owned businesses to shop locally.
Celebrate Black History
Community Foundation of San Carlos (CFSC) invites you to celebrate the contributions that Black Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality. Their website has many resources that can help deepen our understanding of our nation's history plus a comprehensive collection of books, podcasts, and films & documentaries. If you’re looking for ways to uplift people in our own community, check out their list of Bay Area Black-Owned Businesses.
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.
SURJ Bay Area
BAY AREA ACTION HOURS
Fourth Thursday @ 6:30 PM
Second Friday @ 12:00 PM
Want to take tangible steps to end racial injustice and white supremacy? Join a SURJ Action Hour! SURJ Bay Area Action Hours meet over Zoom to take concrete steps like calling elected officials, signing petitions, etc. Choose sessions on either the 4th Thursday or 2nd Friday of each month.
ABOLITION ACTION HOURS
Choose from these dates:
Oct 19 | Nov 16 |
Dec 21 @ 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 one-hour gatherings, participants 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! All are welcome whether you’re a long-time member or are just hearing about SURJ for the first time.