One of SURJ National’s shared values is “Accountability Through Collective Action.” For SURJ Nashville, this means having active relationships with and taking direction from the people-of-color-led (POC) organizations below. The goal of SURJ Nashville is not to produce good members of SURJ, but to train white people to engage well in multi-racial organizing spaces and handle our own learning in a way that does not further burden POC. We encourage SURJ Nashville members to engage in the work of our accountability partners alongside their work with SURJ. SURJ Nashville views itself as a transitional space, working towards a time when SURJ is no longer needed as a separate space to educate, outreach, and mobilize white people.

SURJ Nashville is accountable to the following local people-of-color-lead organizations:

Nashville Feminist Collective

Black Lives Matter Nashville

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)

Worker’s Dignity

Gideon’s Army