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Baltimore Jewish Times | December 23, 2015
On the second night of Chanukah, about 40 people gathered in the community room of the Park Heights JCC. While prayers were sung and menorahs were lit, the occasion was not to celebrate Chanukah, but to use the holiday to address and understand racism and oppression.
A Call for Reform: In wake of Freddie Gray mistrial, Jewish community, activists call for systemic change
Baltimore Jewish Times | December 22, 2015
After the mistrial of Officer William Porter, the first of six officers facing charges in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, protesters hit the streets for what they saw as an injustice. But many in Baltimore’s Jewish community say Porter’s complex trial further highlighted the need for police reform and a change in police culture in Baltimore.
Repairing a Broken System: Jews United for Justice begins fight to ease life for renters in Baltimore
Baltimore Jewish Times | December 18, 2015
Baltimore’s chapter of Jews United for Justice has embarked on a new campaign aimed at removing obstacles tenants often face when going to rent court. The project, known as the 7,000 Families Campaign, comes in response to a report released this month by the Public Justice Center, which states that 7,000 is the number of families evicted due to unpaid rent.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency | October 27, 2015
It’s a Sunday in 2010, and in one hand I’m texting with a colleague about work. In the other I hold a pee stick, waiting for the results of my home pregnancy test to appear. As I press send, I realize that parenthood isn’t the only new territory I’ll need to learn to navigate. As a writer, editor and strategist, I’ve been pushing for years for work-life balance. But this was no longer a social justice issue — it just got personal.
Baltimore Magazine | October 27, 2015
"For too long, police in Baltimore have been able to act with impunity,” says former national NAACP president and Baltimore resident Ben Jealous, who recently released a 25-page agenda with the Campaign for Justice, Safety and Jobs that outlines a six-point plan for police reform in the city. Among the recommendations is a greater focus on the quality of arrests over the quantity of arrests, an end to the city’s gag order on victims of police misconduct, and a commitment to get body cameras on the street within one year.
GQ | October 24, 2015
When [Jacob] Feinspan became the executive director of the activist organization Jews United for Justice, he created a paid-family-leave program for all of his employees. He also helped launch what’s an ongoing paid-family-leave campaign in Washington, D.C., so that other new parents can hopefully one day reap the same benefits as his employees.
ThinkProgress | October 6, 2015
On Tuesday, seven city councilmembers in the District of Columbia will introduce a paid family leave bill that would create the most progressive system in the country and serve as a model for other cities that might be interested in paid leave. If it eventually gets passed and signed into law, it would be the first city-level program in the country.
Washington Post | July 18, 2015
Museum Square tenants have drawn support from community leaders — including Rabbi Scott Perlo of Sixth & I synagogue and Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets — Marge Maceda, an ANC member says the tenants seem distrustful of seeking help from groups like hers.
DCist | July 16, 2015
Jews United for Justice, Think Local First, and Andy Shallal are hosting an outdoor event on July 20 for the tenants of Museum Square—the single building where about half the remaining Chinese population of Chinatown resides. But the groups aren't celebrating a success. Rather, they are using it as a moment to say that they value these members of the community and plan to stick by their side.
NBC Channel 4 | July 1, 2015
Sam Jewler, a community organizer with Jews United for Justice, told us, “Development doesn’t have to mean displacement.” He said the developer is determined “to push the long-term community out and bring higher-paying residents into Museum Square. We need our elected officials to show some real leadership and find a solution..."