Calling all DJJ leaders: RSVP to join us for our monthly General Meeting on Tuesday, February 20th.
Schmoozing 6 - 6:30 pm. The meeting will start promptly at 6:30 and go until 8. We're meeting at Delite Cafe and encourage folks to support our gracious hosts by grabbing a snack from their delite-ful (no, really, it's delicious!) menu.
This month, we will have three breakout groups: water team, Purim team, and Shabbaton (June 1-3 leadership retreat) team and come back for updates and community announcements.
More details to come!
RSVP: Please RSVP so we can know how many people we're planning for and be in touch. Let us know if you'd like to coordinate a carpool (sharing your address below helps!) Contact email@example.com or (248) 802-5302 with questions.
*If you're new to DJJ, please join us at 5:30 so we can orient you before the meeting.*
An ancient story retold. . . contextualized in Detroit's unconstitutional tax foreclosure crisis.
March 4th, 11 - 1:30 at Ant Hall (2320 Caniff, Hamtramck)
Join Detroit Jews for Justice in collaboration with The Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures Repair the World - Detroit for our 3rd Annual Purim Celebration!
This event is free & open to the outraged public but SPACE IS LIMITED & getting a ticket by March 1st is required below. If you wait until after March 1st, not only can we not guarantee that you'll get a ticket but also the ticket will no longer be free.
Donation suggested at the door, slightly more strongly requested at the bar. Remember to wear a costume for our costume contest and bring your friends of all ages, as this is an intergenerational event!
We need volunteers to help with logistics throughout the planning process, making art, setting up, performing, and tearing down. It's all hands on deck! & if you're new to DJJ, it's a fabulous way to get to know us -- community that Purims together, stays together. Volunteer at this link.
A huge thanks goes out to Hazon - Detroit for supporting the environmental sustainability of this event and DJJ as a Hazon Seal of Sustainability Site! We'll have volunteers and signs onsite to help make the zero waste sorting system as clear and accessible as possible. Thanks for helping us divert waste from the Detroit incinerator and striving to make sure everyone here can Breathe Free.
A huge shout-out also to Detroit Institute of Bagels, a local vendor, for providing the dozens of bagels we'll be enjoying!
"What's a Purim?"
Mazel Tov ("congratulations")! If you're asking, this means you're on the cusp of spending your first Purim with DJJ!
Purim is a Jewish holiday which, like many Jewish holidays, derives from a story. DJJ leaders Roz Schindler and Jake Ehrlich collaborated on a blog to unpack the Purim story a bit and explore how it & progressive Jewish community building are deeply aligned. The DJJ Purim spiel is a punchy, progressive, and passionate short play written and put on by members of our grassroots community. This year we're applying the Purim story to the unconstitutional tax foreclosure and housing displacement crisis in Detroit. As we wear costumes to amp up the absurdity, dance, & nosh hamentaschen (eat little triangle-shaped cookies representing fertility, & in our analysis femme power), we DJJ - Do Justice Jewishly. Join us.
Check out the video below from last year's Purim festivities, created by Natasha Tamate Weiss.
Motivated to work for racial & economic justice?Looking for a political home?Interested in exploring how Jewish tradition & spiritual practice can support your work for social change?WELCOME TO DJJ!
Learn our history, strategy, core principles. Just as importantly, we want to learn your story and what motivates you to do this work.
The orientation will take place Thursday, March 15th from 6 pm to 8 pm. We ask that you attend for the full duration. Doors open at 5:30.If you plan to attend, we need your RSVP! Fill out the form below and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.It is helpful to include your address so we can facilitate carpools.
For the third year in a row, water justice advocates from across Michigan will converge at the Capitol on World Water Day, March 22nd. Join DJJ and our partners in People's Water Board coalition for a rally & march. RSVP below to join the contingent of DJJ folks attending the day.
The staging location is Central United Methodist Church at 215 N Capitol Ave in Lansing. More details and transportation information to come, stay tuned!
To learn more about our work with People's Water Board Coalition, visit www.detroitjewsforjustice.org/water.
Facebook event here.
Join us on Monday March 26th to hear about the academic writing of DJJ Leaders Dana & Mikell over coffee and tea. Both Dana and Mikell's research offers phenomenal context for Detroit organizing, exploring themes such as bankruptcy, emergency management, and water access. Stay tuned for more details about the talk and suggested pre-reading!
Dana and Mikell are both Ph.D. Candidates in Sociology at the University of Michigan. In DJJ, Dana is a member of our Campaign Advisory Team and acts as a co-liaison to Land & Housing issues. Mikell liaises to our water justice work, with a focus on supporting People's Water Board Coalition's work on state legislation. Dana's paper "The Structural Origins of Territorial Stigma: Water and Racial Politics in Metropolitan Detroit, 1950s - 2010s" (linked here) was selected by the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research as the best article in the journal for 2016.
Thank you to Marni for organizing this month's coffee talk! You can reach Marni with questions at email@example.com
Schmoozing & Snacks 6-6:30pm. Talk and discussion 6:30-8pm. The location is Delite Cafe & Deli at 3135 Caniff in Hamtramck.