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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Graham of Restaurant Opportunities Center on Fair Wage

We heard these powerful remarks from our friend Graham Kovich of Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan on Economic Justice Lobby Day in Lansing on June 6. Thanks to Graham for allowing us to post -- and to ROC and all our partners at Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan for all the amazing work you do!

My name is Graham Kovich. I am a 20 year veteran of the food service industry and an organizer with the Restaurant Opportunities Centers of Michigan, also known as ROC-MI for short. In my 2 decades of experience, I’ve stood behind concession stands and bar counters; I’ve had to stand in front of fryers, bakery ovens and stove tops and I’ve had to stand in line at an underfunded urgent care clinic after grabbing a butcher knife by the blade with my bare hand because a careless supervisor dropped it in the sudsy dishwashing sink and didn't tell anyone. 

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Economic Justice Lobby Day

A photo of us heading back from Lansing today -- where we joined our partners in talking to our state representatives about earned paid sick time and water justice. Thanks to Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan for putting together a great day!

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Spring Update

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Many of us wondered whether post-election fervor would die down by this time in the year. In these past months, the weather was gloomy and so was much of the news. Yet we’ve seen our community staying active in response to bleak policies - on the phone lines of legislators, in progressive organizations and in the streets. In particular, I am immensely proud of what DJJ has accomplished.

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Introducing our new Program Associate, Valeriya Epshteyn!

 

Shalom all! I hope this introductory blog finds you well. I’m frankly starstruck to be writing to you from my platform as DJJ’s new Program Associate.

Valeriya

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Detroit Jewish News: Marty on the May 12th Rally for Real Regional Transit

Personal_internet_photo_(1).jpgDJJ leader Marty recently wrote an op ed for the Detroit Jewish News on the need for real regional transit in Southeast Michigan, urging support for Motor City Freedom Riders' rally this Friday, May 12th:

Over these next three weeks, the Motor City Freedom Riders are gearing up for a “Rally for Real Regional Transit.” The event is also being supported by Detroit Jews for Justice. I urge the Metro Detroit Jewish community to attend and raise its voice for accessible and affordable public transit. The 3-mile QLine streetcar, a $140 million project that duplicates existing bus service along Woodward, is opening May 12 to a planned celebration by “local officials and dignitaries.” Meanwhile, those same officials and dignitaries continue to do very little about the ongoing transportation crisis in our region, as thousands of Southeast Michigan residents are stranded by the lack of adequate transit service in the city of Detroit and the suburbs.

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Details on the rally can be found here. Email our transit justice liaison Bobby at rsiporin@gmail.com to join DJJ'niks in attending.

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