Our Schlep for Transit!

This past Tuesday, twenty-five amazing DJJ leaders met together and began initiating action towards passing the Regional Master Transit Plan. If passed, a proposal on the November ballot would provide all of Southeast Michigan - including Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties - the necessary funding to build a more viable transit system, which would connect communities, create and sustain jobs, and increase independence for seniors and folks with disabilities.unspecified.jpg

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Hello from Eli!


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Hey Everyone!

My name is Eli and I am the new DJJ intern. I could not be more excited to step into this amazing work alongside you all and wanted to offer up a bit about myself to kick off my introduction to the community.

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Connecting the Dots of the Water Crisis

Sunday, August 14, 2016, researchers, water activists, community organizations, students, and community supporters from Detroit to Flint gathered in the Damon Keith Center for Civil Rights to welcome the release of We the People of Detroit’s first edition of Mapping the Water Crisis. The publication is the result of a concerted effort, led by We the People’s Community Research Collective, to document the layered and compounding health and social impacts of Emergency Management, neoliberal austerity measures, and systemic racism, as seen through the lens of the water crisis.

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We the People of Detroit and community research partners present their findings
at the Damon Keith Center on August 14th, 2016.
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Tisha b'Av

Like all Jewish Holydays, Tisha b'Av's potency is not in some event that happened a long time ago and in a land far away. It is in highlighting something that is (in this case, painfully) part of the human experience and happening in the present time.

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"What's Jewish About Justice?"

At a DJJ Leaders Picnic last month, Organizing Team Co-Chair Hannah proposed a breakout discussion with the prompt "What's Jewish about Justice?" If you're wondering the same thing, we've included some stellar insights from our conversation here!

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Artists Speak to Why “Water is Life”

On Thursday, July 14, an event at the Arab American National Museum of Dearborn educating about water injustice in Detroit boasted a full house. In “Artists Speak: Water is Life,” local artists and activists presented their work and participated in a panel discussion moderated by Martina Guzman about water as a basic but often denied human right, sharing stories, visual art, poetry, and research. 

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An Evening with Joy Ladin

Dr. Joy Ladin's return to Yeshiva University as a woman - after receiving tenure as a man - made her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. Detroit Jews for Justice partnered with Wayne State University’s Judaic Studies Center to bring Joy Ladin to Ferndale’s Local Kitchen on June 16th, 2016. 

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JFREJ Statement: A Week of Tragedy and Anger

We wanted to share and echo this thoughtful statement from our friends at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in NYC. We join them in mourning the tragic events of the past week - and all the lives lost to racialized violence every year.

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Rabbi Alana Schmoozing with Carl Levin at "Pursuing Justice"

Rabbi Alana had the delight of sitting down with former Michigan Senator Carl Levin for a fireside chat at the opening ceremony of "Pursuing Justice 2016", Bend the Arc's first national conference!

Sadly missing from the video is the rabbi asking Carl Levin about Detroit Jewish geography (their shared connection to Central High School through her grandma) and their one degree of separation through DJJ'nik Andy Levin (Carl's nephew!)

Check out the lovely conversation - full of laughs and Detroit love - here!

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Hayley on Experiencing "Pursuing Justice 2016"

As you may have read from previous blog posts, Detroit Jews for Justice rolled A DOZEN DEEP (!!) to the first-of-its-kind Bend the Arc national conference "Pursuing Justice", where 500 Jewish people from all walks of life came together to examine and fight for the progressive values that are so rooted in our Jewish identities. 

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Hayley and Hannah at the Pursuing Justice closing ceremony

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