ABOUT SURJ DC
SURJ DC is a chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people to undermine white supremacy and work toward racial justice as part of a multi-racial majority. While we open-heartedly welcome People of Color who choose to organize within SURJ, our focus is on organizing white folks to take personal and collective steps to end white supremacy.
THEORY OF CHANGE
Our Theory of Change contains our shared vision of the world we are working towards, and how we believe we can get there. It answers the questions
What do we want the world to look and feel like? [Vision]
How do we build power so we can achieve that Vision? [Organizing Framework]
What needs to happen in order to get to that world? [Goals & Tactics]
Our Core Assumptions serve as the foundation of why and how SURJ DC teams and organizers do our work together.
OUR MODEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY
Since 2015, SURJ DC has been in a process of building trust with Black-led liberation organizations, learning from their leadership, and supporting and collaborating on their work. We’ve learned a lot; we’re sharing this document with you to contribute some of those learnings back to our community. This Model of Accountability to Black Organizations document focuses on our accountability to and relationships with Black-led organizations and organizers.
To better understand the creation of SURJ DC and our accountability relationships, it may be helpful to read this brief History document.
SURJ DC is committed to the SURJ national values listed below.
Calling people in, not out
Accountability through collective action
Take risks, make mistakes, learn, and keep going
Organize out of mutual interest
There is enough for all
Growing is good
GENERAL MAILBOX: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our infrastructure is organized around three core work areas: Outreach and Intake to help engage and absorb new members, Partnerships to mobilize and act in support of our partner organizations; and Education & Resources to provide liberatory education to white people who want to get involved in racial justice work. This core work is supported by three internal teams: Coordinating Committee, Operations (which includes several teams and working groups), and Leadership.
See the Teams page for descriptions and contact information for our teams.