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JFREJ's Fall Newsletter is here!

Happy New Year from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice!

We're thrilled to enter into another year with you of transformative organizing in New York. As you reflect during these High Holidays on the year gone by, please take a moment to read through JFREJ's newsletter, remember the crucial work that you made possible this last year, and envision your powerful work in the year to come. We would love to hear your reflections on the past year - and the exciting year ahead!

Westchester speaks out against Islamophobia

Click here for a powerful video denunciation of Islamophobia and hate speech. Thanks to WESPAC’s Chuck Bell and Andrew Courtney. Jews Against Islamophobia and its member groups (JFREJ, JVP, and JSN) are proud to have helped organize and support Westchester’s response to hate-speech ads on Metro-North platforms and to call for commemoration of September 11 as a time of unity, not Islamophobia.

Check out the video on the Jews Against Islamophobia website

A Story About YOU

I want to tell you a story that happened just two weeks ago. As part of our process to select a new campaign, JFREJ invited input from our ally organizations – membership organizations led by low-income, people of color, and immigrant communities. We got a tremendous response. Executive directors, lead organizers, and board members from 10 powerful organizations came to the JFREJ office. We asked them, “What do you see as JFREJ’s key role in movements for racial and economic justice in New York? and boy, did we hear a mouthful!

Folk it up with JFREJ!

We have a lot to celebrate with you! This summer marks the 1 year anniversary of our two wonderful staff members joining the JFREJ team - Executive Director Marjorie Dove Kent and Community Organizer Rachel McCollough. It’s also Marjorie’s birthday!

What better way to celebrate than to dance together? Please join us for:

Determine the Next JFREJ Campaign!

We need to hear from you. Now is your opportunity to influence JFREJ's next direction for powerful Jewish activism in New York. JFREJ is in the process of identifying our next campaign. All summer long, JFREJ members will host meetings to hear your input and ideas. What should Jews in New York fight for? How can grassroots Jewish organizing transform our city and build our movements? Come be part of these crucial conversations to help determine JFREJ's next campaign! Sign up today!

The Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship Returns!

The Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship is JFREJ's six-month program designed to build 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. This year's fellowship will take place from October 2012 through March 2013 and will include trainings, organizing hours with JFREJ, mentorship, and fundraising.

Click here to download the Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship Application

JFREJ in The Nation!

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice made national news again for our work towards domestic worker justice! Check out this piece in The Nation about domestic worker and domestic employer organizing in Park Slope - and JFREJ's initiative of establishing just community standards!

Supporting Police Accountability

Jews Against Islamophobia, our NYC coalition, is actively supporting the appointment of an Inspector General as a step towards NYPD accountability and transparency. Check out the JAI website for a full statement of support!

JFREJ at the Silent March to Stop Racial Profiling, June 17th

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