Since October last year I have been a member of SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice), Charlottesville chapter. The local chapter continues to grow and attracts members from all ages. I have been impressed with the many young people involved in the leadership of this group.
As a member of the group, I have continued evaluating my life as a priveledged white, and what that means in my interaction with society as a whole and the US as it is now.
The group is very active locally and has been very involved as allies to the local Black community in the City Council decision to remove the Lee statue and in the celebration of Charlottesville’s first Liberation and Freedom Day among other events and issues.
SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. 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. We work 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.
We envision a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a sustainable world.
For more information see SURJ Charlottesville’s Facebook page or chat with me ().
Zanne MacDonald, WPC Peace, Justice and Inclusion