America’s history of racial inequality continues to haunt us. Many of the issues we face today are shadowed by an underlying narrative of racial difference and bias that compromise our progress. Our nation, now more than ever, is in desperate need of truth and recovery. That process is sequential: we must first tell the truth about our past before we can overcome it.
— Bryan Stevenson, Director, the Equal Justice Initiative
In the past two years, the nation has seen an upsurge in racial harassment and displays of overt racial hatred, as seen most tragically in Charlottesville, Virginia, with the violence surrounding the resurgent KKK and the murder of anti-hate activist Heather Heyer z”l.
Yet, anti-Black racism, both overt and more subtle, in the form of implicit bias and systemic racism, has been with us since the founding of the country and continues to this day. From slavery to mass incarceration and police killings of unarmed Black men and boys, from redlining to unfair banking practices, from legally mandated segregation to workplace discrimination and implicit bias in our schools, we continue to witness daily the oppression of millions of Americans because of the color of their skin.
The first step in confronting racial inequity is to educate ourselves and our community about white supremacy and white privilege and to heighten our awareness of the history and legacy of systemic racism. To that end, JUFJ co-sponsors educational programming on racial justice issues, including discussion groups, workshops, and film screenings.
We must also confront racism in our own community. In June 2018, Mr. Robert White, an African-American resident of Silver Spring, was out for a walk in his own neighborhood when he was confronted and then killed by a police officer. JUFJ has joined a coalition of neighbors and grass-roots organizations working to hold the police accountable for this killing and to explore and advocate for changes in police policies and practices that unfairly impact people of color in our communities.
Montgomery County Community Convening: Preparing for House Meetings with Legislators-Immersive Experience
November 19 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join JUFJ Montgomery County at our first monthly community convening! Each convening is a space for you to connect with other JUFJ leaders and supporters, stay updated on our ongoing projects, and take action with us on one of our campaigns. All are welcome. The first half hour beginning at 6:30pm w…
November 29 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
In this volatile national context, understanding how each of us is targeted by anti-Semitism, the effects that has on us and how our own oppression relates to other forms of oppression is critically important. In this workshop, we will explore some questions through interactive exercises and discuss…
December 9 | 6:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Join Congressman Elijah Cummings, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Ph.D., and incoming Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando for a special Hanukkah showing of the documentary “Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class.” The event is co-sponsored with Adat Shalom.
December 12 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This is an experiential workshop to understand what antisemitism is and to be able to identify when something is antisemitic and when it’s not. Participants will explore their own personal experiences encountering antisemitism and learn about the negative impact of antisemitism on one’s own life.