T’chiyah, our amazing host synagogue, recently brought renowned eco-feminist, anti-war activist, and poet Marge Piercy to town for a poetry reading. One of my favorite Piercy excerpts is from “The Low Road”:
It goes on one at a time,
it starts when you care
to act, it starts when you do
it again and they said no,
it starts when you say We
and know who you mean, and each
day you mean one more.
In the wake of violence in Pittsburgh and Jeffersontown, the end of daylight savings, and ongoing water shutoffs in Detroit, darkness looms heavy. Undeniably, on Tuesday we took significant steps towards advancing our democracy, especially from the passing of Props 2 & 3. But even if all our wildest electoral dreams were realized, the tools for calling forth the light, for building out the we, would not be changed.
Regardless of our government’s makeup, our demands for clean, affordable water for all, for housing justice, for worker rights, would not be changed. We adapt, and our power grows.
After 2016’s election, Rabbi Alana and Eleanor wrote a note to our most core leaders:
“We honor you... You are what democracy looks like - and we celebrate you.”
After Tuesday’s election, the only thing I’d add is that the “you” that YOU make up today is twice as large as 2016’s. Our core leadership team doubled in two years. We’re outliving them.
On the horizon
8 Days of Water Justice
December 2nd-December 10th, online
DJJ leaders are developing a social media campaign that will tie the story of Hanukkah to our struggle for water justice. Subscribe here to receive daily emails throughout Hanukkah, with educational content on local water issues and clear actions you can take to advocate for clean and affordable water. Stay tuned for more info to share with your networks!
Save the Date: Water Justice Gathering at Menorah in the D
Sunday, December 2nd, 6:30PM, Campus Martius
Join us for a DJJ gathering at the annual Menorah in the D celebration. Immediately after the official candle-lighting, we will gather at 6:30pm for song and ritual and to hear from speakers about local struggles for clean and affordable water. **RSVP here!** More details coming soon.
Nov 8 - 10, Cobo Center, Detroit
DJJ is on the Local Host Committee for this amazing convening of over 70 workshops and 180 presenters. Register here today!
DJJ New Leader Orientation
Thursday, December 13th, 6-8PM, location TBD
Have you been thinking about getting more involved in DJJ? Our in-depth orientation will help you learn how. RSVP here! (If you want to learn more about DJJ in the meantime, reach out to Director of Organizing, Eleanor, at firstname.lastname@example.org to meet with a current leader.)
Babies, Bubbies & Babke
5th Saturday of every month, 10AM-Noon, 15000 W. 10 Mile Rd, Oak Park
Do you delight in warm, intergenerational community? Want to (consensually) pinch the cheeks of the next generation of progressive Jews? Come out to T’chiyah for a special Saturday morning Shabbat service designed for the whole mishpokhe (family)! Accessible, short, sweet & songful, with a light nosh afterwards. All are welcome! This is a recurring event that will begin on 12/29 and repeat on every 5th Shabbat of the month. Questions? Email TchiyahJake@gmail.com
Become a Repair the World Fellow
Our comrades at Repair the World - Detroit (including Zach, interning with us this year) are looking for next year’s crew of Fellows. Apply here by January 31st to make the priority deadline!
On the blog
Meet our new leaders:
On the Poor People’s Campaign:
On water justice:
On grassroots fundraising:
DJJniks reflect on great programs:
On the bookshelf
The water justice struggle continues
Resources for deconstructing antisemitism:
Writings by powerful Jewish voices
In the News
Y’shkoyach* to Our Comrades…
- Those arrested during the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign who are going to trial
- Bend the Arc Pittsburgh and allies for interrupting Trump’s visit and demanding he denounce white nationalism
- DJJ housing co chair Gabe Slabosky & DJJ intern Lauren Fine for their work on the illegal tax foreclosure training for trainers
- Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, National Council of Jewish Women and JOIN for Justice for mobilizing Jewish communities in Florida to re-enfranchise ex-felons!
- Nurses at the University of Michigan organize for and win a significant contract update!
- We the People of Detroit for receiving a United Nations Detroit Chapter Award for their work advancing water justice
- Keshet for their role in advancing trans rights in Massachusetts
*y’shkoyach, short for yasher koach means “more power to you!”
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