What does accountability mean?
We accept the challenge that writer and activist Ijeoma Oluo lays out: It is white people’s responsibility to use our racial privilege to dismantle white supremacy. We believe that it is also white people’s responsibility to educate ourselves about systemic, institutional and interpersonal racism and it is white people’s responsibility to excavate our own personal legacy of racism. Though white people have the responsibility to organize other white people to show up for racial justice, we do so in relationships of accountability with people of color led organizations.
We work on the issues that matter most to our accountability partners. When they ask us to show up, we show up. This means that we don't just come to general SURJ meetings and think that our work is done--we fight for racial justice where we can whenever we can.
Our Accountability Partners
The Pasos Immigrant Rights Committee at Sacred Heart Community Service and the Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network
Visit their websites at http://sacredheartcs.org/immigrantrights/ and https://www.pactsj.org/santa-clara-county-rapid-response-network/
"PASOS is comprised of more than 30 active community leaders fighting for immigrants rights in San Jose and Santa Clara County. Leaders learn to use their voice, skills and experiences to fight for justice and create change that improves the quality of life of our community.
"The Rapid Response Network aims to expand the community's capacity to monitor and document ICE operations in real time. We will support the process of gathering evidence used to free someone from ICE custody. We will expose any intimidating and unconstitutional tactics ICE uses to detain immigrants."
Silicon Valley De-Bug
Visit their website at https://www.siliconvalleydebug.org
"Silicon Valley De-Bug is a community organizing, advocacy, and a multimedia storytelling organization based out of San José, California. Since its inception in 2001, De-Bug has been a platform for Silicon Valley's diverse communities to impact the political, cultural, and social landscape of the region, while also becoming a nationally recognized model for community-based justice work."