Daniel on Breathe Free Detroit

It’s time to hold the Detroit Incinerator accountable for its negligence and abuse. In February 2017, The East Michigan Environmental Action Center, along with a team of other environmental justice groups and concerned citizens, formed a coalition to demand that this dirty institution stop poisoning Detroiters. 

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What I Said (& Didn’t Say) on NPR

 
I was honored to participate in a panel of millennial clergy on NPR’s On Point last week. Ray Suarez wanted to know: why would we choose this path when our peers are so clearly moving away from religion? I challenged the premise. 

 

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"Defending Freedom" Roving Symposium

Trivia question! Are DJJ Leader Zak and Rabbi Alana in Rome, Athens, or Detroit? You guessed it! They're standing on the steps of the Pantheon-inspired former Temple Beth El, designed by Albert Kahn, stewarded lovingly by Breakers Covenant Church International. Thank you Jewish Historical Society of Michigan for organizing the Roving Symposium that DJJ leaders attended last Sunday -- "Defending Freedom" examined the racial and other social justice movements of 20th century Detroit.

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Reflections on '67 Rebellion Programs

This summer, Detroit Jews for Justice hosted an event series in partnership with several community organizations to recollect, interrogate and contextualize the 1967 civil uprising. Participants came away from the events with a more nuanced understanding of the summer of '67 and how its legacy impacts our relationships to Detroit today. 

This blog post represents a wrap on our '67 Rebellion summer programming! That is, the scheduled ​commemorative events have come to a close. Look out for book talks and learning groups possibly coming your way. 

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We're signed on to the Housing Trust Fund Coalition!

We're pleased to announce that we've signed on to a very exciting new initiative -- the Housing Trust Fund Coalition. This self-sustaining fund would provide funding for low-income Detroiters' housing and is being sponsored by City Councilperson Mary Sheffield. Read more about the effort below. You or your organization can endorse here and learn more about how you can mobilize in the coming months.

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Detroit Jewish News: Standing With Communities Facing Deportation

We were proud to represent Jewish community with the Birmingham Temple and other Jewish groups at an anti-deportation protest downtown on June 21. We raised our voices in support of the ACLU lawsuit against the mass deportation of Iraqi community members in Metro Detroit -- and stood in solidarity with all those who fear the separation of their families.

The Detroit Jewish News covered the event and featured a quote from DJJ leader Lori Lutz and photo of her sign (below):

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A busy week for DJJ!

We had a lot going on this week!

On Tuesday at our June general meeting, leaders Sam and Mikell proposed next steps for DJJ's water justice work this year. We watched clips from documentary filmmaker Kate Levy about water struggles in our region (which you can view here, here, and here) and we were joined in conversation by Lila Cabill, a water warrior and fellow faith leader on the People's Water Board. Stay tuned for updates on how DJJ is mobilizing for water justice and how you can get involved.

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Susannah's Reflection on Foreclosure Canvassing

IMG_3070.jpgI’ve been feeling overwhelmed, scattered, and powerless lately.  The sensation blows through my body and spirit as a weather front, linked with the ominous fear of something even worse on the news horizon.  Finding myself looking inward, I keep questioning if any action will be enough.  These problems we’re wrestling with as a community are bigger than any one person, or even small group of dedicated folks like DJJ, can solve.  The mass foreclosure, auction, and displacement crisis in Wayne County is one such challenge.

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Our endorsement of campaign to shut down the Detroit incinerator

We are pleased to have formally endorsed Breathe Free Detroit, a campaign to shut down the Detroit incinerator. Read more about the incinerator and the campaign below in a statement from BFD. Here are three things you can do to support right now:

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International Social Movements Gathering on Water

We learned so much at the International Social Movements Gathering On Water! Thanks to Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO) for putting so much work into this powerful program. We are smiling in the selfie, but this is a serious issue. Check out http://www.socialmovementsonwater.info/ for more information on the gathering and stay posted to gear up for DJJ's water work moving forward.

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