Government should fight racism, not enable it
JUFJ works toward racial equity in DC in many ways. Along with several other organizations, we are part of the DC Initiative on Racial Equity and Local Government. We are also part of the COS-DC coalition, which pushes for Community Oversight of Surveillance.
The DC Initiative on Racial Equity and Local Government
Centuries of segregation, discrimination, and structural racism have led to vast racial inequity in DC. The District government should pursue policies, regulations, and programs that make our city more racially equitable, not perpetuate these disparities. As a member of the DC Initiative on Racial Equity and Local Government, we are advocating for progressive policy solutions to break down barriers.
The DC Initiative is supporting a robust version of the Racial Equity Achieves Results (REAR) Act. This bill implements racial equity training for all government employees, and requires the Mayor and her agencies, departments, and programs to evaluate their success through a racial equity lens.
In its present form, this bill is a good first step. In order to strengthen it, we are advocating to require that new policies be evaluated to make sure that they don’t further structural inequities. For additional information, read an organization sign on letter detailing proposed changes here.
Community Oversight of Surveillance in DC (COS-DC)
Currently, law enforcement agencies use surveillance technology without any public oversight. This threatens the rights of all District residents, and disproportionately targets Black and brown, low-income, Muslim, and immigrant communities, as well as activist groups.
JUFJ is a member of Community Oversight of Surveillance DC (COS-DC), a coalition of organizations and individuals trying to end the unchecked surveillance of DC communities. We’re working to pass legislation that would require transparency, meaningful public input, and Council approval for all government uses of surveillance technologies.
May 3 – May 5
JUFJ is a proud cosponsor of Pursuing Justice 2020, Bend the Arc’s national conference. This conference will bring together progressive activists and organizers who root their work in Jewish values for three days of learning, connection, and solidarity in Washington DC.