This is a collection of actions and statements put out by Jewish Social Justice Roundtable organizations. This list will continue to be updated.
Remember, this is ongoing work. Being anti-racist is not a box to check off once but something to work towards every day. Continue to learn, discuss, and name your failures and learn from them.
JYCA are doing remarkable work in support of the current uprisings and momentum around the movement for Black lives, as well as leading ongoing mutual aid projects to support community members most impacted by COVID-19. They plan to share their learnings and information about their campaigns with the community. Join them at this free virtual event on Sunday, June 28th from 2:30pm- 4:00pm PT.
As part of MAZON’s commitment to justice, to community, and to peace you are invited to join them in supporting are asking you to join them in supporting Campaign Zero, an organization dedicated to identifying solutions, providing research and data to organizers and policymakers, and advocating to end police violence nationwide. MAZON will match every gift made to Campaign Zero dollar-for-dollar, up to $18,000. Please send your receipt to [email protected].
Sign the petition for #JusticeForFloyd Join over 3 million people who added their name to Color of Change’s petition demanding the officers who killed George Floyd be charged with murder. (Bend the Arc)
Support the leadership of Black women in Congress Call your House representative to ask that they co-sponsor and push for a vote on Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Barbara Lee, and Karen Bass’s Resolution to condemn police brutality, racial profiling, and use of excessive force. (Bend the Arc)
Carolina Jews for Justice has put together this list of actions in North Carolina, with resources for a variety of specific audiences as well.
NCJW suggests donating essential items. Protests and pandemics don’t change the fact that the most vulnerable among us still need essential items. Find the local Mutual Aid group closest to you to see what’s needed or where best to drop off the supplies. Check out this database or search on Facebook.
Join the RAC in urging Congress to stop police violence. As we witness protests in Minneapolis, Louisville, and across the United States in response to the nation’s long history of brutality against People of Color, and particularly Black men, we see an all-too-familiar anger, frustration, and pain. Changes to federal laws are vital to ensure that law enforcement training, use of force policies, and data collection address historic and systemic racial injustices.
For clergy: In this urgent moment focused on the need to bring about more racial justice, the RAC is proud to have organized this cross-movement clergy sign-on letter supporting the right to peaceful protest. Please sign and share it with clergy colleagues.
Check out this URJ blog post Ways Your Congregation Can Act Now for Racial Justice. Within it are a few things Reform Jewish congregations (and any community) can do now.
A number of Roundtable organizations partnered to launch Skills for Impact, an accessible and impactful way for you to connect with nonprofits virtually and help meet urgent community needs. By sharing your talents and skills, you will have the opportunity to join our Jewish communal effort to support those on the frontline of this global health crisis. By signing up for a project, or even just hopping on the phone to give advice to a nonprofit in need, you are giving so much more than your time. Learn more about Skills for Impact and get started today.
Ben the Arc encourages you to join people from across the country and organize a #BirthdayForBreonna — take action by signing Color of Change’s petition demanding the police officers who killed Breonna be fired.
Here is a list of Movement For Black Lives verified bail funds that Bend the Arc encourages you to give to generously to. Right now, hundreds of thousands of people are hitting the streets in defense of Black lives — and being met with brutal violence and repression from police forces across the country. There’s a long-held Jewish value of freeing the captive who has been unjustly imprisoned — matir assurim. This is a moment to embrace that tradition and expand it outwards for everyone rising up in this moment.
Bend the Arc encourages all to Watch the recording of the Movement for Black Lives virtual rally. Then check out resources from the Movement for Black Lives to prepare for the fight ahead.
We know Jews, and especially Black Jews, have been at every American protest for a more just multiracial democracy. Our people have survived genocide and fascism, deportation and slavery. Our ancestors fought for liberation and democracy. We are rooted in a legacy of pursuing justice. And we are rising up as a multiracial Jewish community for Black liberation. Here is a sign you can continue to use shared by Bend the Arc. Download the sign or change your Facebook profile picture now.
Our Families & Neighbors Are Essential — the NYPD Budget Is Not! We Demand #BudgetJustice! Click here to call now.! The seismic shift that occurred in Minneapolis on Sunday has shown us that real, radical change is possible if we can seize this moment. Tell the City Council: #NYCBudgetJustice Use their simple form and call script to contact City Council Members tell them to cut $1 billion dollars from the NYPD budget in 2021. We need NEED YOUR HELP! (JFREJ and NYC)
JALSA Impact is working with Reclaim Our Vote and the NAACP to contact voters who may have been purged off the voting rolls, primarily in southern states, to make sure that they are eligible to vote in November 2020. So far, over 100 JALSA volunteers have taken responsibility for contacting over 30,000 voters by postcard, and we will be expanding to include phoning and texting as well. To find out how to participate in this project, CLICK HERE.
ALEPH’s statement: Responding to the Murder of George Floyd and BLM Protests
AJWS’s statement: On the Murder of George Floyd and Structural Racism in the US
Avodah’s statement: In Memory of George Floyd
Carolina Jews for Justice’s statement
Challah for Hunger’s statement on Facebook
Jewish Community Relations Council Bay Area’s statement: Bay Area Jews in Solidarity with Black Lives
JCRC Sacramento’s statement
Jewish World Watch’s statement: When Enough is Enough = Never Again
Jews United For Justice’s statement: Lo Tirtzach: Black Lives Matter
Kavod House’s statement: Together in Mourning & Solidarity
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan’s statement on Facebook
The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies joins with JFCS Minneapolis’s Statement on the death of George Floyd
NIF's statement: NIF CEO: “Today, we stand in solidarity with communities of color”
Shalom Bayit’s statement
Society for Humanistic Judaism’s statement on Facebook
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association’s statement: Standing Up for Racial Justice and Against Racial Violence