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SURJ April Chapter Meeting

  • 711 West Monroe Street Chicago, IL, 60661 United States (map)

At this month's chapter meeting we'll dig into questions around what it really means for SURJ Chicago to be a multi-racial organization.

We'll discuss the racial makeup of our chapter and of chapter leadership, our relationships with Accountability Partners, how trainings can help us better serve our Accountability Partners and address gaps in our awareness, etc.

SURJ Chicago believes in a "leaderful" movement: we believe that movements can and should have multiple leaders, that leaders should share power with others, that anyone may rise to meet leadership needs, and that effective leadership is always collaborative. As we move to be a more inclusive space, we want to harness the creative ideas and insights of our membership. 

Realizing that chapter members who are not obviously identified as part of the dominant culture often experience microaggressions at SURJ meetings - and that micro-aggressions are serious, even if (or maybe especially because) they generally happen below the level of awareness of well-intentioned folks - we want to reinforce our values of "calling in" and being brave. As we identify ways to be more effective in the movement for racial justice, we will rely heavily on the community agreements created by SURJ Chicago, in addition to enforcing "call-in culture." 

If the upcoming chapter meeting will be your first, please familiarize yourself with SURJ Chicago's community agreements.