Campaign Against Police Brutality & Amadu Dialo Coalition
JFREJ joined in citywide organizing sparked by unprecedented numbers of police shootings, and by the subsequent refusal by the NYPD or the Mayorto take responsibility. JFREJ stood with the Busch family on the anniversary of the killing, protested the U.S. Justice Department?s decision not to prosecute Busch?s killers, responded to the Diallo shootings by joining in civil disobedience at One Police Plaza, protested the decision not to file civil rights charges against Diallo's killers, joined anti-brutality activists from all communities to light a menorah at City Hall, and produced a JFREJ Theater Project "Demography & Destiny" that was written and performed by NYC high school students.
Demanding action from the Jewish Community, JFREJ called on Jews to respond to police brutality, whether it takes place in our community or another. JFREJ challenged the Jewish Community Relations Council to deal with police brutality at its annual meeting, encouraged Jews to stand with others fighting police violence, held a Havdallah service in response to the exoneration of Diallo's killers, created a Hagaddah insert focusing on police brutality and modern race oppression, and called up the history of Jewish resistance to police brutality by reinventing the lyrics to "Daloy Politsei", a Yiddish protest song for Racial Justice Day 1998.