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SURJ - Showing Up for Racial Justice - Bay Area Chapter

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. There are over 150 chapters and affiliates nationwide including the Bay Area Chapter (San Francisco and East Bay, California). Through community organizing, mobilizing and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. SURJ works to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change. SURJ envisions a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a sustainable world. SURJ Bay Area Chapter holds Intro to SURJ orientation meetings the second Wednesday of each month. To find out more, email [email protected]. SURJ’s Bay Area Chapter has 6 working committees. They are:

Basebuilding Committee seeks to identify white people interested in racial justice, understand their motivation for engaging in the work, and use this to find the best channels through which they can deepen their engagement and commitment to the work. Other activities include connecting with folks new to SURJ, running monthly Intro to SURJ meetings, building partnerships with people of color-led organizations, developing training and educational opportunities, and developing messages and strategies for reaching white folks who are not yet interested in challenging white supremacy/working for racial justice. For more info: [email protected]

Communications Committee focuses on all things communication - managing the website, maintaining social media presence, producing the weekly e-newsletter,

promoting events, developing messaging, and brainstorming new ways to raise up the work of SURJ Bay Area and support our partner organizations. Members of our committee have skills and experience in graphic design, web design, social media, writing, editing, photography, event planning, marketing, promotion, videography, fundraising, etc. You can join the committee or just help out on a specific project. For more info: [email protected]

Fundraising Committee supports committee work by organizing fundraisers to meet ongoing expenses and ensuring long-term financial sustainability. This committee also facilitates informed financial decision-making across the organization and centers SURJ Bay Area’s accountability to People of Color and our partner organizations by strengthening the chapters’s capacity to serve as a wealth and resource generator for POC-led organizations doing anti-racist work. For more info: [email protected]

Mobilization Committee organizes and takes action for racial justice through events, canvassing, forums, demonstrations and direct actions. Some examples of our work include a canvass of Emeryville neighborhoods about police militarization and the case of Yuvette Henderson who was killed by Emeryville police, a rally at Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s house during MLK week-end to call attention to her racist policies, and participation in the Stop Trump direct action. Our members are involved in a number of on-going campaigns and coalitions - the Stop Urban Shield Coalition, Ella Baker Center’s Jobs Not Jails campaign and the Oakland Alliance. For more info: [email protected]

San Francisco Committee is for people who want to show up for racial justice within the city of San Francisco. Our members have been involved in campaigns seeking justice for victims

of S.F. police killings and efforts to fire SFPD Chief Suhr. There are elements found in other SURJ committees such as direct action, faith-rooted, basebuilding, and education. We meet the 2nd Monday of each month, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, to share, support, challenge, and create. Please join us at Alley Cat Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco 94110. Wheelchair accessible and close to BART and buses. For more info: [email protected]

Youth & Families Committee is centered on helping white families, educators and youth workers break down the privilege we have in avoiding conversations with white children about race, racism, police violence, displacement, and white supremacy. Our work is intended to help families understand these dynamics and have the language and practice to begin to interrupt the ways we socialize white children into white supremacy at the root. Our workshops use modeling and practice to springboard families into interrupting the formation of white supremacy in our families, and challenging it where we see it in interpersonal, institutional and systemic dynamics in our lives. For more info: [email protected]

Please consider making a donation to support the work of SURJ Bay Area. Make a one time donation or become a monthly sustainer. We also ask every donor to SURJ to make a matching gift to a Black-led racial justice organization. Support a local group or check out this list of Black-led racial justice groups compiled with the help of SURJ’s National Accountability Council.


Catching the Sun- A Film by Shalini Kantayya

Through interwoven character dramas spanning the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun explores the global economic race to lead the clean energy future.Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry. An unlikely ensemble of characters contrast with preconceived notions about who is at the forefront of a transition to clean energy: Eddie Wiltz, a college dropout with few job opportunities who seeks training as a solar installer; Debbie Dooley, a Green Tea Party activist who takes on Georgia’s utility monopoly; Van Jones, a Bay Area activist who goes to Washington to elevate the national conversation on green jobs and implement policy, and; Wally Jiang, an ambitious Chinese CEO pursuing global markets in this rapidly growing industry.

With countries like China investing in innovative technologies and capitalizing on this trillion-dollar opportunity, Catching the Sun tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands. Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: will the U.S. actually be able to build a clean energy economy?



President Obama stated, “There is no question whether the jobs and industries of tomorrow will be in clean energy. The only question is, which country will create those jobs and those industries.” But while the U.S. stalls on passing federal energy policy, China is investing billions more than any other country in the world in wind, solar and other renewable energy projects. A global race is afoot for the country who will lead the innovation and economic growth in the clean energy future.

Building a clean energy economy will involve a huge economic reordering — tax incentives for clean tech industries, new tariffs and subsidies for renewables, and millions of job losses and gains. If we are to succeed in retrofitting the nation for clean energy, a new generation of workers must be trained to confront the massive technological challenges that lie ahead. But who wins and who loses? What does building a ‘green economy’ actually look like on the ground?

About the Director

Shalini Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s ON THE LOT, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. The mission of her production company, 7th Empire Media, is to create a culture of human rights and a sustainable planet through imaginative media that makes real impact. Her sci-fi film about the world water crisis, a DROP of LIFE, won Best Short at Palm Beach International, and was broadcast on national television in the U.S. and India. A William J. Fulbright Scholar, Shalini has received recognition from the Sundance Documentary Program, IFP Spotlight on Documentary, Jerome Hill Centennial, New York Women in Film and Television, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is a Sundance Fellow, a TED Fellow, and was a finalist for the ABC Disney | DGA Directing Fellowship .For more information: shalini.tv

For more information about the film, please contact: [email protected]