Happy 1 year Birthday for SURJ North County San Diego
This group was started and organized in August of 2019 by Andi McLeod and Robin Sales out of their personal desire and dedication to eradicate white supremacy through collective action. Andi and Robin were active members of SURJ San Diego and felt compelled to expand the SURJ mission to their community in North County. What started as an idea between two long time-friends has grown and expanded into a movement. Although neither Andi or Robin had experience in organizing, their love and compassion for all people along with their dedication, commitment, and tireless hours of strictly volunteer work (under the mentorship from SURJ Sand Diego) became the basis for what the North County chapter was been founded upon.
What has been accomplished in just one short year?
The original focus was on education. Educating, and moving white people to join in anti-racist work. Guest speakers were brought in, book clubs took place, and alliances with racial justice organizations were a natural result of partnering and consistently showing up whenever there was a need.
Tasha Wiliamson spoke to us about her work to provide material and emotional support to families whose loved ones who have died at the hands of the law enforcement.
Aeiramique Glass-Blake shared her story of how she started Generation Justice and the work they have done and continue to do in their community and for youth activism.
Lily Serrano and Flower Alvarez from Homie Up and Universidad Popular spoke to us about their programs to educate Latinx people about Chicano history, help with citizenship classes, and provide after school programs in Vista.
Arcela Nuñez came from the National Latino Research Center to talk about the importance of the census for all people.
Dave Myers, former Sheriff Department Commander, provided us insights into the San Diego Sherriff Department and called upon us to use our white privilege to push for a strong Community Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB).
Yusef Miller of the Racial Justice Coalition San Diego introduced Reverend Connelly, who told us about her husband who was being held in the Los Angeles County jail indefinitely due to an alleged crime that occurred 30 years ago.
Eric Robinson from The Center for Policy Initiatives (CPI) discussed the San Diego County budget and the importance of “Invest in San Diego Families” which is a coalition of community groups challenging San Diego County to invest in people, services, and
policies to improve the well-being of the County’s diverse communities and stimulate the local economy.
Dr. Darwin Fishman of the Racial Justice Coalition (RJC) educated us on the necessity of a strong Community Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) and Yusef Miller (RJC) spoke about the importance of community coalitions and allyship in making our voices heard as anti-racists.
In addition to coordinating these amazing speakers’, SURJ-NCSD members participated in showing up as court witnesses, speaking at press conferences, protests, and memorial services. We’ve spoken at marches, car caravans, NAACP meetings, County Supervisor meetings, and supported ally organizations in their initiatives by partnering in their meetings with city council members. We have a social media presence, a website, a Slack communication channel, working groups, a governance team, and an email database that has mushroomed in recent months from 68 to over 450 members! We held our first virtual meeting which was followed shortly after with our first and then second newcomers’ meetings which introduced the SURJ values to over 150 new members between the two meetings.
When George Floyd was murdered and the uprising began, SURJ-NCSD turned towards continuing education on anti-racism, mobilizing for policy change, and support for BIPOC led organizations. We have continued to build alliances with North County organizations such as the NAACP North San Diego County, the North County Civil Liberties Coalition, the Racial Justice Coalition of SD, and the North County Equity and Justice Coalition.
We recognize that we have much work to do. It is our hope that we can continue to foster a community movement that uplifts and supports all we meet. We invite you to join us as we strive to create communities of equity and justice for all.
Tuesday, November 17
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Join our SURJ North County monthly meeting. EVERYONE welcome! Zoom invitations will be sent out at 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting. If you are not already a member, please sign up for our updates and receive our link.
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