Welcome

SURJ PDX

Thank you for your interest in racial justice and SURJ PDX! 

SURJ PDX (Showing Up for Racial Justice – Portland Chapter) is an all-volunteer group focused on educating, organizing, and mobilizing white people in the Portland Metropolitan Area to work for racial justice. SURJ PDX builds relationships and promotes activism within a larger movement that centers people of color. We also support and collaborate with national and regional racial justice organizing efforts and are part of the national SURJ movement

Our current collective work focuses on two main areas: 

  1.  Supporting Black liberation and criminal justice reform (defunding the police and prison abolition).
  2. Oregon DA for the People campaign (Facebook page is here). The campaign raises awareness that District Attorneys are key players in our racist criminal legal system. We began working with Pacific Northwest Family Circle, a group of mothers/grandmothers who have lost their loved ones to police violence, in 2019, and with their leadership, we promoted a racial-justice-centered DA platform to influence the May 2020 election. Our work continues.

SURJ PDX is a Portland-based group focused on educating, organizing and mobilizing white people to work for racial justice. SURJ PDX provides a space to build relationships, skills, and political analysis to work effectively within a multiracial movement for justice. We work to connect people in the Portland area while also supporting and collaborating with national racial justice organizing efforts.

We are grateful for our relationships with the National SURJ group and CARW in Seattle for their mentorship and resources, which inform much of our work and documents.