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From Bianca: Read article "Held Hostage by Pollution" by Bianca García
Our new Development and Administrative Associate Bianca wrote an incredible article in Planet Detroit that details how residents of Southwest Detroit are holding out hope for a truck route ordinance before the Councilwoman Raquel Casteñeda-López leaves office. Read more here!
From Suz: Exiled to Motown is showing at the Detroit Historical Museum
From Em: Get involved with Wobbly Kitchen
From Barry, a training video from the KJL a "Guide to Citizen Lobbying"
Tune in for a brief overview on how to prepare for a lobby day.
From Hayley: Join Urban Adamah's Chloe Zelkha every Friday in March & April for virtual Avodat Lev! & the Covid Grief Network
Avodat Lev (Service of the Heart) is a contemplative, creative service designed to help us connect to ourselves, each other, and to that which connects us all. Register here. The Covid Grief Network offers one-on-one grief support sessions for young adults, and support groups.
From Barry: Fight against Nestlé taking our Water for private profit!
Yesterday, news broke that Nestlé had finalized a sale of its enormous bottled water portfolio to two American private equity firms in a deal worth $4 billion. If you thought Nestlé was a bad actor, wait until these private equity profiteers get hold of all that water! Join our friends from the Story of Stuff Project in demanding that Nestlé cannot be allowed to walk away from the consequences it has imposed on communities and the environment around the world! Therefore, we're asking you to send a letter to the House Oversight committee using this link!
From the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable: Join Keshet's LGBTQ & Ally Jewish Youth of Color Collective
Keshet's LGBTQ & Ally Jewish Youth of Color Collective has officially launched and we're excited to share this opportunity for (and by!) queer and trans (and ally) Jewish Youth of Color to get support, connect, and build community. If you know LGBTQ or Ally JYOC (age 13-18) who might like to join, please share the sign up link: bit.ly/LGBTQ_JYOC
From Congregation T'chiyah: Learn about Jewish racial justice!
Our friends at the Center for Jewish Ethics are hosting a lecture series called "Jews, Race, and Religion" that started on January 28th. Leading scholars in Jewish studies, critical race studies and religious studies use the prism of Jewish experience to examine intersections of race and religion, drawing lessons from the history of antisemitism, examining the role of Jews in the racialized culture of the United States and exploring the impact of race on Jewish identity. Register for upcoming sessions here!
From Kendra: Partake in the Jews of Color Initiative!
If you are a #JewofColor, be sure to participate in the #CountMeIn study below! The Jews of Color Initiative commissioned a multi-racial research team at Stanford University for this major project to understand the lived experiences and perspectives of #JoCs across the country. Its goal is for 1,000 of us to fill out the survey and share how we think about #JewishIdentity, how we’ve experienced systemic racism, how we want the #JewishCommunity to better reflect all kinds of people, and more! Go to JoCsurvey.org to participate!
From Anne: Check out the VOICES Podcast from the Ruth Ellis Center
The staff of Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit work tirelessly every day to ensure its organization's vision: a world where LGBTQ+ young people are safe and supported no matter where they go. These are their stories and the stories of those whom we support. New episodes are released every other week.
From Rabbi Polsky and the Freedom Team, Tell ICE to stop serving pork to detained Muslims
ICE is violating the religious freedom of detained Muslims. And they don't care. Since COVID-19, the ICE-run Krome Service Processing Center in Miami, FL has been serving pork to Muslim detainees in violation of their religious beliefs. Because the facility’s halal meals have been spoiled and expired, Krome’s Muslim detainees must choose between their faith and their food. When a detainee asked for help, the facility’s chaplain callously said, “It is what it is.” Muslim Advocates, Americans for Immigrant Justice, and the law firm King & Spalding LLP have sent a letter to ICE and DHS demanding that the agencies immediately stop forcing Muslim detainees to choose between eating pork or rotten halal meat. Tell ICE: Hold all ICE officials accountable and ensure that Muslims at all ICE facilities have access to unexpired halal meals. Sponsoring Organizations Muslim Advocates Americans for Immigrant Justice