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

  1. What do we want the world to look and feel like? [Vision]

  2. How do we build power so we can achieve that Vision? [Organizing Framework]

  3. What needs to happen in order to get to that world? [Goals & Tactics]

CORE ASSUMPTIONS

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.

HISTORY

To better understand the creation of SURJ DC and our accountability relationships, it may be helpful to read this brief History document.

VALUES

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

  • Center class

contact us

  • GENERAL MAILBOX: surjdc@gmail.com

ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

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.

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. All core teams have a facilitator and a representative to the Coordinating Committee. 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 details about the teams that comprise our core work and operations.  This chart was updated in April of 2018.

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. All core teams have a facilitator and a representative to the Coordinating Committee. 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 details about the teams that comprise our core work and operations.

This chart was updated in April of 2018.