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.
The spasm of tragic violence that has swept America this week has left us dazed and heartbroken. Jews For Racial & Economic Justice mourns the brutal killing of Alton Sterling by police officers in Baton Rouge. He leaves behind five children and a family that loved and valued him. We mourn the horrifying death of Philando Castile in Minneapolis. He was adored by his community, his family and by his girlfriend, who documented the circumstances of his death. We are shocked by the murder of unarmed Delrawn Small Dempsey by an off-duty police officer in New York this week. Their deaths represent a history of relentless state violence, directed at People of Color.
Continue reading the JFREJ statement here.
About JFREJ: For 25 years, Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) has pursued racial and economic justice in New York City by advancing systemic changes that result in concrete improvements in people’s everyday lives. Like DJJ, they are inspired by Jewish tradition to fight for a sustainable world with an equitable distribution of economic and cultural resources and political power. Visit their website to learn more.