About SURJ Toronto

Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) Toronto is a local chapter of an international organization committed to undermining white support for white supremacist systems and institutions. As white people, we are also settlers on Indigenous land, and commit to working towards decolonization and Indigenous sovereignty. We work to support and collaborate with local and national racial justice and decolonization organizing efforts led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) organizers. 

SURJ Toronto will provide a space to develop consciousness, political education, skills, and political analysis to act for change under BIPOC-led organizing. SURJ Toronto aims to carry out this mission within Toronto and beyond, with a specific focus on issues and action related to the GTA and Canada more broadly. This will be the spot to stay plugged in, keep up-to-date, and connect around events and actions. 

About SURJ National

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) believes in collective liberation -- and that none of us can be free until we end white supremacy.

SURJ’s role as part of a multi-racial movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially just society.

That work cannot be done in isolation from or disconnected from the powerful leadership of communities of color. It is one part of a multi-racial, cross-class movement centering people of color leadership.

Therefore, SURJ believes in resourcing organizing led by people of color, and maintaining strong accountability relationships with organizers and communities of color as central part of our theory of change.

SURJ believes that we must ground our organizing in a framework of “mutual interest” -- white supremacy is integral to economic injustice, to maintaining patriarchy and other forms of oppression. Racism and white supremacy keep the many divided for the benefit of the few. We must have an inclusive, open-hearted approach to organizing, calling people into this work rather than creating barriers to participation while maintaining a clear political line. When those of us who are white realize that racial justice is core to our liberation as well, then masses of white people will withdraw support from white supremacy. Together, as part of a powerful multi-racial, cross-class movement for collective liberation we can force the system of white supremacy to crumble.

In order to activate this theory of change, we employ three core strategies:

  • Delegitimize racist institutions

  • Fight for a fair economy that refuses to pit communities against each other

  • Shift culture (meaning the underlying beliefs folks have about people and the world) in a way that undermines support for white supremacy

These strategies are dependent on multi-racial organizing and a specific focus on deepening, amplifying, and centering the leadership and organizing of poor and working-class folks, rural communities, and the U.S. South.

Within this framework, our network is using a number of tactics, including leading and participating in campaigns, base-building, direct action, relationship-building, communications work and more.

Read more about SURJ National, the organizations missing, values, and theory of change on the SURJ National website


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