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Our Commitment to Nelson Mandela (z"l)

It is with immense gratitude that we honor the life of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest risk-takers and freedom fighters this world has ever known. We celebrate Mandela’s legacy with a re-commitment to fight for justice from a place of love, connection, and indefatigable hope.

You're invited to the Meyer Awards!

On December 5th, 2013, join Jews for Racial & Economic Justice as we honor the bold work of:

Communities United for Police Reform
The unprecedented, multi-sector campaign for accountable policing

Alan Levine
Passionately representing movement activists and marginalized communities since the 60s

Rinku Sen
Visionary author, activist, publisher of Colorlines, President and Director of Race Forward

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

The Fall 2013 Newsletter is out! Check out all the exciting campaign and program updates - and ways YOU can get involved in the JFREJ community!


 

Jewish New Year Call for Justice for Muslim Community: “Stop NYPD Surveillance!"

September 2, 2013

The Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition strongly condemns the policies and activities of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), which, the Associated Press has just revealed, designates mosques as "terrorism enterprises” in order to more easily spy on them and infiltrates Muslim community organizations.  For years, the NYPD has targeted the Muslim community on the basis of religion.  As we approach the Jewish High Holy Days season, we urge all Jews and Jewish institutions—and all New Yorkers—to join us in publicly and unequivocally opposing the NYPD’s unlawful surveillance program.

Victory over Mayor's Veto! Community Safety Act Passes NY City Council!

Today we all made history: the New York City Council voted to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto and pass the Community Safety Act, establishing an Inspector General to oversee the NYPD and ending discriminatory policing in NYC! Mazel tov!

Override Bloomberg's Veto!

Mayor Bloomberg has vetoed the Community Safety Act bills - two bills that will ban discrimination and create independent oversight of the NYPD. We need these bills to curb the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practices and end invasive surveillance of Muslim communities.

The City Council passed both bills with a veto-proof majority in June, but Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commisioner Ray Kelly have been fighting with all their political might to get City Council members to change their minds for the override vote. If just one City Council member changes their vote, we will not pass the bill against discriminatory policing in NYC.

The Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship is back!

The Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship has returned for another fabulous and powerful year!

The Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship is JFREJ's six-month program building political analysis and organizing skills for JFREJ member leaders. As a member-led organization, JFREJ believes in prioritizing the development of leaders to guide and grow the organization.

Victory! The Community Safety Act passes!

The vote to pass the Community Safety Act happened very late last night -- and we won!

The City Council chamber erupts in applause as the Community Safety Act garners veto-proof majority!

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