SURJ condemns the insurrection against a multiracial democracy
SURJ Corvallis’ leadership would like to acknowledge and strongly rebuke the appalling events that took place at our nation’s capital on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. This despicable and terrifying display was a clear attempt to upend democracy in the name of white supremacy, encouraged by a toxic and cowardly leader. What’s more, the initial response by law enforcement and Republican leaders stood in stark contrast to their negative, dismissive, and violent response to the peaceful protests that occured last summer (and for generations before) to affirm the beauty and intrinsic value of Black lives.
As we know, the mob storming the U.S. Capitol was not an isolated event–the sentiment was echoed at sites of democracy all across this nation, including in Oregon’s own capital. This sentiment has echoed across America since the land was stolen from Indigenous communities, its wealth built on the labor and suffering of enslaved African people.
For SURJ Corvallis, this attack is just another example in a long list that reminds us why it is so urgently necessary to continue our work to dismantle white supremacy within ourselves and within our Oregon communities. We will continue to challenge a political system that has, time and again, curtailed democratic participation through overt and covert means.
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Corvallis SURJ is a local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ), 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 multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change—and envisions a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a sustainable world.
Founded in January 2015, Corvallis SURJ is committed to developing cross-class alliances among white people in Benton County. Our goal is to act in solidarity with people of color to dismantle white supremacy and work toward the liberation of all. Our local partners include Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County, the NAACP Corvallis-area Branch and the Rural Organizing Project.
WHY WE ORGANIZE
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 us—white 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 multi-racial majority to challenge racism in all its forms.