Jewish tradition teaches that all people have inherent dignity and equal value, and that in a just world all people would have what the Torah calls dei machsoro, resources sufficient for their needs. As Black organizers in DC and across the United States rise up to demand justice in the face of racist police violence, and we witness the dramatic action that governments, businesses, and individuals are taking in response to the economic and public health crisis caused by COVID-19, we know bold action can indeed be taken. We don’t merely need to envision a just world. We can choose to make it possible.
The #JustRecoveryDC campaign began as a response to the economic fallout from COVID-19 and the prospect of widespread cuts to public services in DC. We knew from day one that it was not enough to merely recover from the impact of this pandemic; we must recover justly. In light of the recent uprisings against police violence and for racial justice, we’ve expanded the campaign to center the racial equity demands that were included from the start, as well as the budgetary demands of Black activists in DC. A #JustRecoveryDC means raising revenue from the wealthiest individuals and businesses in DC, and moving money from the Metropolitan Police Department, so that we can invest in true community safety: affordable housing, violence interruption, aid to all workers in the District, and much more.
Let’s not rebuild the same world with the same cracks. Let us rebuild a better world, a more equitable world, a more just world. DC needs a truly just recovery.
A #JustRecoveryDC means passing a DC budget that puts people first:
- Redirect police funding to human needs
- Raise taxes on the highest-earning individuals and corporations, and close corporate tax loopholes
- Fund early childhood health and education programs
- Fully fund programs that meet core human needs, like housing, food and health
While the DC budget campaign is over for now, you can still take action towards a truly just recovery by joining us at a virtual event or taking action online. Advocacy for DC workers who are excluded from federal aid will continue until we have ensured a truly just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
See details below, and contact an organizer if you want to get more involved in this campaign.
June 21 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join JUFJ DC for a budget update, council analysis, and action taking. This will kick off our week of actions leading up to the Committee of the Whole hearing on Friday –the biggest hearing of the DC budget cycle!
When we can’t visit the Council in person, a personal phone call is the next best thing. Sign up for a slot to call Chairman Phil Mendelson and remind him to put people first in the budget.
June 25 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
This hearing, colloquially called the COW (the DC Council’s Committee Of the Whole) is a peak moment in our campaign, and the budget hearing that matters most this year. Can you join us to cheer on your fellow JUFJers who are testifying at the hearing?