Smile Politely

It’s not too late to defend fair elections

The last day to vote is November 3rd, but we may not know the results of this election in one day. We must push for every vote to count, even though it may take longer than we are used to. Meanwhile:

Until we are all free,

CU-SURJ Newsletter Team 

Events and Calls to Action

Note: See more events on our Racial Justice Calendar

SURJ’s Daily Live at 5 (EST)

November 3-6 4 p.m. (daily)

SURJ Post-Election Mass Meeting

November 4th 2 p.m.  

#EndWhiteSilence: Give People Light! 

November 4th 5 p.m.

Election Defense Action Hour: National Updates and Local Planning

November 4th 7 p.m. (weekly)

This week we will report out from the SURJ national mass meeting happening at 2 p.m., and coordinate for local action. Find the zoom link here.

Virtual Lobby Day to End Money Bond

November 12th 9 a.m. 

Listening Sessions: Use of Force Policy in the City of Urbana

November 12th 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (youth-focused) 

November 12th 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

November 13th 3 to 5 p.m. 

There are so many calls to action, we made a spreadsheet! Check out upcoming national trainings, as well as resources and toolkits.

Commit to act for election justice in Central Illinois. We’ll send you info about timely events and calls to action.

Write a letter to the editor in The News-Gazette about making #EveryVoteCount. 

Please send any events to [email protected]


Post Against Disinformation

Educate yourself against disinformation

Learn: Use First Draft’s Mobile Curriculum “Protection from Deception”, a 2-week text based training course to protect yourself from online misinformation. 

Course in English

Course in Spanish

Cultural Work:

  • Music: Songs to Stop a Coup
  • Art: “Democracy & Dragons project” by the award winning comic book artist Liz Prince.

Send art/poetry/music submissions to: [email protected]

Top photo by Jessica Hammie.

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