We are an all volunteer organizing force here in Asheville, NC that exists to provide onramps for white people and people with privilege to center and follow Black and Brown leadership to dismantle racism locally and in collective action across the nation. 100% of the money we raise goes to support Black and Brown people led organizing in Asheville.
ASURJ is a local chapter of the national organization, SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice). “Through community organizing, mobilizing and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multiracial majority for justice with passion and accountability.” SURJ was founded in 2009 in response to a call by Black and Brown activists for more White people to challenge the racial backlash after the election of the nation’s first Black president. Organizing ourselves to take action for racial justice was SURJ’s first act of accountability.
SURJ sees accountability to Black and Brown Leaders as a core principle central to the work for racial justice and transformative change. For SURJ, accountability means that we as individuals and as a group are answerable for our decisions and actions. Accountability is built through collaborative relationships and working together. As White people both benefiting from and pushing against racism and White privilege, we recognize that taking responsibility for our work with other White people and being accountable to Black and Brown siblings is an ongoing process of learning and acting.
NATIONAL SURJ MISSION
“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 multiracial 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.”
NATIONAL SURJ VISION
We envision a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a sustainable world.
WHY WE ORGANIZE (national SURJ Statement)
We live in a time of great hope and possibility, yet the potential for a just world for all of us is not possible when racism and oppression keep us divided. This can make us forget how closely connected we truly are. Racism is still present throughout all of our contemporary institutions and structures. Racism is devastating to People of Color and is closely intertwined with all systems of oppression. It robs all of usWhite people and People of Color of our humanity. We honor and learn from the long history of People of Color and White people who have been unrelenting in their struggles for racial justice, and ending all systems of oppression. We are showing up to take our responsibility as White people to act collectively and publicly to challenge the manipulation of racist fear by the ruling class and corporate elite. We know that to transform this country we must be part of building a powerful multiracial majority to challenge racism in all its forms.