Showing Up for Racial Justice Through the Power of Public Policy


February 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Berkeley YWCA
2600 Bancroft Way
California 94704
$0-10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Join SURJ Bay Area’s Policy Committee for a legislative strategy session and workshop that will demystify the legislative process, build our collective legislative capacity, and highlight the legislative priorities and strategies of SURJ’s people of color (POC) led partners!

This workshop is the first of a two-part series for anyone who is passionate, curious, or wants to learn more about the ways that policy combined with grassroots organizing can be used as a tool in the movement for racial justice and collective liberation.

This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to:

– Hear from Kristine Boyd, Community Organizer at Initiate Justice, on their 2020 legislative campaign
– Learn how the Movement 4 Black Lives Policy Platform (M4BL) fits into SURJ Bay Area’s organizing framework
– Leverage our grassroots power in the state Capitol
– Plug into statewide policy work and action
– Practice bringing your voice and positionality to the political process

Guest Speaker:

Kristine Boyd is a community organizer with Initiate Justice. She is a woman who is directly impacted by mass incarceration, finding self-motivation through Zora Neale Hurtson’s quote, “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding spot.” She is committed to being vocal about how incarceration has impacted her life and is inspired to advocate for political change and more programs available for those who want to better themselves. Kristine is also an Essie Justice Group sister and a student at Skyline College in San Bruno.

Event tickets are sliding scale – $0-10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
This workshop is also a fundraiser for Initiate Justice. Please bring an additional cash donation that is meaningful for you.

We are eager to hear all of your voices and to help develop progressive grassroots’ power in the California policy landscape. All levels of experience are welcome!

Hold the date for the second workshop in this two-part series: February 22, 2020!


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