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St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran
3800 Troost Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64109
Showing Up for Racial Justice Kansas City (SURJ KC) was formed in 2016 when a group of white anti racist activists heard the call from leaders of color to take responsibility for educating and organizing white folks to join the multiracial movement for racial justice. This development didn't come from a broad and impersonal call to action, but rather was a request and response rooted in deep relationships built on trust, responsive listening, and authentic accountability.
Being accountable to People of Color has remained a central organizing principle both nationally and locally for SURJ. While this continues to be upheld as a vital tenet, SURJ chapters and individual members have struggled at times to live it out in legitimate ways. What does it look like for white anti racist organizers to be in authentic accountability relationships with people of color? What does accountability mean, and how do we engage in deep, genuine relationships that are essential to creating a transformative multiracial movement for racial justice?
Join the SURJ KC Personal Support team as we explore and agitate our accountability relationships at the June 19th Mass Meeting at St. Marks Hope and Peace (3800 Troost Avenue, KCMO 64109). SURJ KC orientation for folks attending for the first time starts at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will last until 8:30 p.m. and a children’s corner with volunteers will be available.