Marni on the Poor People's Campaign

On Monday, I was able to attend the first day of action with the Poor People's Campaign in Lansing.  For me this was an incredibly special moment.  My grandfather was a rabbi in Nashville who studied under Rabbi Heschel.  He was one of the first clergymen to march with MLK.  I know my grandfather dedicated his career to advocating for civil rights, social change, and MLK's mission of nonviolence.  So, it was very moving for me to be a part of that legacy and the movement to continue King's work.  

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Emma on "White People Confronting Racism"

tfc.jpgOn May 4th through 6th, I and three other DJJ leaders attended a weekend "White People Confronting Racism" training with Training for Change in Philadelphia. I arrived home surprised at how heartwarming a weekend confronting racism could be. The training ended with full hearts, affirmation, and genuine love for one another. I left feeling the most hopeful I have in a while. I left inspired by the vulnerability of 18 former strangers. I felt inspired by the bravery of bringing our full selves to the table, fears, tears, insecurities and all. It ended it with deep gratitude for each other and for the space that offered safety to feel uncomfortable. I left feeling proud of the intense introspective work accomplished. I left with hope that we can bring openness and compassion while grappling with the difficult conversations necessary for confronting racism.

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Spring 2018 Update

Dear friends,

If 40 DJJ leaders gather in a forest, does it make a sound? We’re going to find out in June at our Leadership Shabbaton. Knowing our group, my guess is yes, it might get a little bit noisy - with laughter, passionate conversation, and song.

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Barry on Training for Change's 'White People Confronting Racism' Workshop

Philadelphia, May 4-6, 2018

There are times when you attend a workshop and you acquire useful information.  And then there are times you attend a workshop that engages more than your cortex!  

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Lee on "Water & Racial Politics" Talk

On Wednesday, May 2nd, over 30 people joined us at Delite Cafe & Deli for hummus, tabbouleh, and a thoughtful conversation with DJJ leader Dana Kornberg - centered on her article "The Structural Origins of Territorial Stigma: Water and Racial Politics in Metropolitan Detroit, 1950s–2010s," which the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) editorial board awarded the prize of the best article in the journal of 2016. DJJ'nik Lee Schottenfels shares his reflections on the event below:

We attended last night's DJJ session and were stimulated by the presentation and discussion about the history, development, and future of water access in Metro Detroit. Access to clean, safe water for all citizens is an issue that demands attention and action at the municipal, county, and state levels. Through DJJ efforts, we have a chance to learn, be heard, and perhaps to improve things.  Thanks for a great event and for keeping the problem front and center!
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Chris on the JoC Dinner with Aurora

DJJ leader Chris Harrison reflects on March's dinner with Aurora Levins Morales and other Jews of Color!

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Join DJJ in the Poor People’s Campaign!

24129989_111101673006386_5105155563160087639_n.jpgLast week, I spent the afternoon in St. Peter’s Church training for the Poor People’s Campaign. Answering the question of what brought him there, the fellow next to me said, “people are suffering, and it’s past time that churches stepped up.” So when it came my turn I said, “people are suffering, and it’s past time that synagogues stepped up!”

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Rondi on "I Do Mind Dying"

“Anti-Democratic.” “Informative.” “Sad.” “Overwhelmed. “ “Heartbreaking.” “Frustrated.”

These were some of the one-word reactions after 8 DJJ leaders and supporters watched the powerful documentary “I Do Mind Dying” by Kate Levy on Tuesday April 24, 2018 at the Breakers Covenant Church. (Just downstairs from the new DJJ office!)

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Composting at Our New Office

Thanks to Hazon & Midtown Composting, we're setting up a weekly vegetarian composting pickup at our new office.

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Eleanor featured in DJN article highlighting politically active women

From the Detroit Jewish News: "When the 2016 presidential election didn’t go the way they had hoped, dozens of Detroit-area Jewish women not only got mad, they got active." DJJ Community Organizer Eleanor was one of those powerful ladies!

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