JUFJ is joing the DC Public Trust in a city-wide campaign to end the influence corporate money in District politics. Join us on May 15th, special election day in Ward 5, as we collect signatures for a ballot intiative that would ban direct corporate contributions to DC politicians.
JUFJ volunteers played a crucial role in collecting almost 10,000 signatures on DC's primary election day in April. Join us to change the status quo of corruption in DC by collecting signatures to bring campaign finance reform to the people, please sign up for a shift here.
We know about the Jewish anarchists, communists, and socialists of the early 20th century. We know, too, that Jews were disproportionately involved in the civil rights and New Left movements of the mid-20th century. What about all the Jewish rabble rousers in the late 20th century? Justice, Justice is a fascinating hidden history of Jewish activism in Reagan's America.
Ezra Berkley Nepon gives us the inside scoop of New Jewish Agenda, both a clearinghouse for Jewish involvement in a range of progressive causes of the 1980s and a bulwark against the din of conservative voices in Jewish communities. New Jewish Agenda was a national, multi-issue organization that practiced participatory grassroots democracy with over 45 local chapters and 5,000 members, organizing for peace and justice on local and global issues. Nepon's careful, critical work is a gift to those who pursue justice in the 21st century. Former NJA leaders Rabbi Gerry Serotta and Reena Bernards will join the discussion.
This past Friday, ICE announced cosmetic changes for its 'S-Comm' program. ICE will begin deportation proceedings post conviction for traffic offenses. Ridiculous! As Congressman Luis Gutierrez put it it "Only the federal government can turn a $50 traffic violation into a broken family by deporting a parent."
More than ever its clear that our local government needs to pass the DC Immigration Detainer Compliance Act, which would prevent hundreds of DC residents' deportations.
JUFJ is organizing a group to meet with staffers of key DC Council Members to make it clear that we and the rest of DC do not want our local police officers enforcing a broken immigration system. As of right now, appointments have been made with staffers of 3 of the council members on the Judiciary Committee. People will meet with:
Jack Evan's staff
Muriel Bowser's staff
Marion Barry's staff
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is having a community roundtable to discuss their proposed changes to the Secure Communities program. Join the Immigrant Rights Coalition as we hold a press conference outside of the meeting, calling for the program to be Ended, not Mended! DC residents already spoke loud and clear: we don't want Secure Communities in DC!
Join JUFJ and other local community activists for this and other upcoming actions to support immigrant rights! There are several more events where we can "pray with our feet" by standing with immigrants. Learn more and sign up here. Join us for as many as you can!
For more information, e-mail our organizer Monica Kamen.
JUFJ's Anti-Racism initiative works towards being anti-racist voice and resource in the Jewish community. Join us for our monthly meeting where we will discuss relevant readings and articles dealing with the issue of race, plan upcoming educational events for the community, and learn how to be an effective anti-racist ally in our work as an organization. For more information or to RSVP, please email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gidon at email@example.com
This is an 8-week course on Wednesdays from April 18 to June 6.
With occupiers camped around the country, same-sex marriage legalization efforts gaining ground, and debates about immigrant rights becoming a focal point of the 2012 elections, social justice advocacy is coming to the forefront of public attention.
Freedom Riders is a documentary film that tells the story of a courageous band of civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South in 1961, simply by traveling side by side on buses and trains. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, hundreds of black and white college students risked their lives—and many were met with bitter racism, violence and imprisonment—sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. The film was directed by Stanley Nelson and made in 2011 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides.
We will have an informal potluck dinner and snacks beginning at 6:30 pm. Please bring something vegetarian to share. The documentary will be shown at 7:00 pm, followed by a short discussion.
Meeting for our ongoing Anti-Racism initiative.