Winter Update: #jewishresistance

Since our last update we’ve seen the new administration start to make good on its terrifying promises. Muslims, trans and undocumented folks are being targeted and emboldened white supremacists are threatening Jewish communities.
But something else is happening:
New alliances are forming - full of hope and possibility.
We are reminded of Rev. Dr. King’s assertion that we are “caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny”.

We’ve been busy: protesting at DTW, forming a work group to rally against the Muslim ban and deportations, and welcoming over 30 new leaders into the DJJ ranks at our first-ever orientation. They are determined, passionate, and ready to integrate into our work - right at the moment we need them most.

Our Purim team has been hard at work planning a celebration to fortify us with laughter and community - and remind us that the good guys can win. We hope you’ll join us on the 12th to cheer on education justice activists Mordechai and Esther and to shake your graggers at this year’s Haman: Besty D’Oy Vey.

Finally, we know many of you are looking to us to stay in the loop about urgent actions. Please follow the instructions below to tell us how often you want to hear from us and update other important information.

Yours,

Eleanor      

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Clockwise from top-left: Meeting with State Rep. Stephanie Chang to support water justice legislation; getting trained on one-to-one conversations by organizer Meredith Quinlan; art-making for Purim; and reaching high for high goals at orientation!

 

Upcoming Events
What’s a Yid to do when terrified of        
oppressive power?
ORGANIZE. RESIST. PARTY.
Sunday, March 12th, 11am - 1:30pm
Ant Hall, 2320 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
**RSVP today**           
Share the Facebook event here.
 
Thursday, April 27th, 6-8pm
Targeted towards those interested in getting involved, this orientation will introduce you to the “how” and “why” of DJJ. More details and RSVP here.
 
Sunday, March 19th, 10 - 5:15 pm WSU
Many DJJniks are teaching at Limmud MI 2017, a celebration of Jewish thought and culture. Visit Limmud’s website for details.
 
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Throughout our growth this past year, we have tried mightily to keep our supporters informed about our work and the many opportunities to plug in. As we continue to expand, we want to make certain that everyone who wants to hear from us is receiving email. We also want to know where you’re located and how to reach you to mobilize. Please take a moment to update your information and choose how often you want to receive updates.Thank you!
 
Get Involved
We continue to address critical issues like the Fight for 15, education, and clean, affordable water. To learn more about our work and get involved, we invite you to contact our organizer at eleanor@detroitjewsforjustice.org.  Learn about our core issues here.
 
Action Opportunities
- Help Freedom House: Shortly after the arrival of the new administration, our friends at Freedom House Detroit lost 60% of their federal funding, threatening their ability to provide essential support to asylum seekers. Watch this video to learn more about Freedom House and make a gift here. Our partners at Repair the World have also started an Amazon wish list where you can donate supplies.
 
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