Jews United for Justice

Jews United for Justice A Jewish voice within the progressive community. A progressive voice within the Jewish community. Jews United for Justice advances economic, racial, and social justice in the Baltimore-Washington region by educating and mobilizing our local Jewish communities to action.

We move our region closer to equity and justice by advancing issue-based campaigns that make real, immediate, and concrete improvements in people’s lives and build the power of working-class and poor communities of color. Through these campaigns we develop leaders, build our Jewish grassroots community, shift the consciousness of our community, and build the collective power needed to undo systemic racism and inequality.

Operating as usual

11/05/2020

While we wait for results in the national election, our local elections here in DC and Maryland are close to over. Mazal tov/congratulations to the newly (re-)elected Councilmembers in Baltimore and DC; we look forward to working together with all of you towards two cities where everyone can thrive, no matter their race, religion, income, or zip code.

DC Councilmember Brooke Pinto, Janeese Lewis George for Ward 4, Vincent C. Gray, Trayon White, Robert White At Large, Christina Henderson for DC Council, and the other members of The Council of the District of Columbia, we can't wait to get to work on affordable housing, racial equity, universal childcare, and fair taxes.

Delegate Nick Mosby, Zeke Cohen, Councilwoman Danielle McCray, Councilman Ryan Dorsey, Mark Conway for Baltimore, Councilman Isaac Yitzy Schleifer, Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton, Torrence for City Council, District 7, Councilmember Kristerfer Burnett, Councilman John Bullock, Phylicia Porter For Baltimore, Councilman Eric T. Costello, Councilman Robert Stokes, Antonio Glover, and Odette Ramos for Baltimore, we're eager to make sure everyone in Baltimore can afford water, to protect renters in rent court, and to fund real community safety instead of militarized policing.

11/04/2020

What an election season this has been already — and it's not over yet! While we wait for every vote to be counted and every voice to be heard, here's what we know already:

- We are part of a powerful, organized, and inspiring local progressive movement in DC and Maryland that made a huge difference in the 2020 election cycle
- All four Montgomery County ballot questions that we worked so hard on this year went the right way
- Both Baltimore ballot questions that we endorsed passed, in the County and the City
- Maryland Question 1 passed

Kol hakavod / well done to everyone involved!

We are so proud of and grateful to everyone in our community who participated in this election season, whether as a candidate for office, a campaign volunteer, a poll worker, or a voter. As we wait for more results nationally and locally, we know that together our movement is making real change in our region both in elections and throughout the rest of the year.

Last chance to vote in 2020. Here we go. Local ballot questions are so important for police budgets, fair taxation, repr...
11/03/2020

Last chance to vote in 2020. Here we go. Local ballot questions are so important for police budgets, fair taxation, representative democracy, and so much more. As a reminder, here are our 2020 endorsements:

In Montgomery County, vote FOR Question A, AGAINST Question B, FOR Question C, and AGAINST Question D.

In Baltimore County, vote FOR Question A. In Baltimore City, vote FOR Question F.

Across Maryland, vote FOR Question 1.

We have not taken positions on the other ballot questions in Maryland or DC, but you should vote on them anyway!

Jews United for Justice - Baltimore
11/02/2020
Jews United for Justice - Baltimore

Jews United for Justice - Baltimore

URGENT: The Washington Post reported last week that the treatment of people detained for ICE in Howard County is so dehumanizing that it even violates the standards of ICE, an agency that destroys families and has let children die in its custody. This is unconscionable. Tell the Howard County Council that they must override Executive Ball's veto, pass CB-51, and end the collaboration with ICE. https://jufj.org/hoco-cb51/

Jewish tradition tells us that to destroy one life is to destroy an entire world. To the community of Karon Hylton z”l, ...
10/29/2020

Jewish tradition tells us that to destroy one life is to destroy an entire world. To the community of Karon Hylton z”l, to his entire world: we stand with you not only in spirit, but also in action. The Council of the District of Columbia: Reject the extra $43 million for MPD. We need investments in community health and safety, not militarized police. JUFJ supports the demands of Black Lives Matter DC: Mayor Bowser, release the video footage and police report and hold MPD accountable.

Black Lives Matter DC
10/28/2020

Black Lives Matter DC

Mayor Bowser we demand full transparency on the death of #KaronHylton. He was being chased by the DCPolice at the time of his death. We Demand that all Video footage be release to the Public. The Police lights were activated. We Demand that all Officers involve names be revealed. The community want to know what happened to our love one as soon as possible. #BlackLivesMatter #StopMPD #DefendBlackLives Charles Allen The Council of the District of Columbia Fox 5 DC WUSA 9 NBC 4 Washington Brand Studio #BlackLivesMatter #StopMPD #DefendBlackLives

AG Racine fights for renters and workers, against slumlords and wage-stealing bosses. That's why we're honoring him with...
10/27/2020

AG Racine fights for renters and workers, against slumlords and wage-stealing bosses. That's why we're honoring him with a Heschel Vision Award on 11/15. Get your free ticket for the Heschel Vision Experience at jufj.org/heschel

Reclaim Rent Control
10/26/2020

Reclaim Rent Control

Are you ready to testify for comprehensive rent control reform? I can’t hear you! On 11/09 the Council’s Housing Committee will hold a hearing on our Omnibus bill. Learn more here https://cutt.ly/RRC-Nov2020-hearing

JUFJ and our partners at Montgomery County DSA and LIUNA advocated against Bill 29-20, which gives hundreds of millions ...
10/23/2020

JUFJ and our partners at Montgomery County DSA and LIUNA advocated against Bill 29-20, which gives hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to developers but *fails* to address the needs of our affordable housing crisis in Montgomery County.

📢 Take action now to keep the veto on Bill 29-20! 📢

TAKE ACTION NOW on Elrich's veto of bill 29-20 and demand NO override by the Council! This bill will give 15 years of tax breaks to developers who build high-rises on Metro properties. Developers would pay zero taxes in exchange for a separate payment to be determined later, and without ANY public input. These tax giveaways are outrageous and immoral, especially during a pandemic. Elrich was right to veto it, and the Council should let the veto stand: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/let-stand-the-veto-of-tax-breaks-for-developers

DC Council got it right today: now’s the time to prioritize #RacialEquityDC. Thanks for passing the Racial Equity Achiev...
10/20/2020

DC Council got it right today: now’s the time to prioritize #RacialEquityDC. Thanks for passing the Racial Equity Achieves Change Act! There’s still more work to do and we're glad Chairman Phil Mendelson has committed to making the bill even stronger before the next vote.

10/20/2020
DC Service Workers United for Power

DC Service Workers United for Power

Join One Fair Wage for an exciting digital event! We're hosting a At Large Ward Candidate Forum right here, with seven of the twenty-three candidates running for At Large Council confirmed.

10/08/2020
Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice

See below for a statement from Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice on Howard County Executive Calvin Ball's recent veto of #CB51. We are extremely disappointed and will work with our coalition partners and allies to keep fighting for our immigrant communities and get #iceoutofhoco.

Coalition's official statement to Howard County Council Member Liz Walsh ; Councilwoman Christiana Rigby and County Councilmember Deb Jung ::

Oct 7, 2020 :: RE: Thank you for your vision and votes on CB 51, 2020

Dear Councilwomen Walsh, Jung and Rigby,

Today the Steering Committee of the Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice met and discussed CB 51 (“the Bill”) and its aftermath. The Committee wishes to express its admiration for your dedication, vision and success in passing the Bill for termination of the Inter Government Services Agreement (“the Contract”) with ICE. It is clear that you listened, led and created a majority in favor of the Bill. You have invested time and political capital. We thank you.

It appears that the Bill will be vetoed. Not everyone has the same level of compassion for our immigrant residents as you have demonstrated. But the debate surrounding the Bill has made some things clear: this is an issue that stirs passion, as the large testimony numbers clearly showed. Moreover, overwhelmingly, there is support in the County for terminating the Contract. Those that opposed the Bill ignored the will of the voters. You are on the correct side of this issue.

The Coalition will continue its work to improve the lot of immigrant residents in Howard County, to include terminating the Contract with ICE. We look forward to continue working together with you on this issue. We appreciate your acumen and dedication to the public.

Michael David,
On behalf of the Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice.

10/05/2020
Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice

The Howard County Council will be voting on CB-51 this evening, which will finally end the County's collaboration with ICE. Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice is in front of the County Council building now urging councilmembers to vote in favor of CB-51! #ICEoutofHoCo

Here at the County Council bldg cheering on Councilwoman Christiana Rigby , Councilman Opel Jones, County Councilmember Deb Jung and Howard County Council Member Liz Walsh to be on the right side of history and vote yes on CB51!

The Howard County Council votes TODAY on CB-51, which will end the County's contract with ICE. Join us in getting #ICEou...
10/05/2020

The Howard County Council votes TODAY on CB-51, which will end the County's contract with ICE. Join us in getting #ICEoutofhoco!

**UPDATE**: CB51 passed last night. But now we need County Exec Ball to not veto it. Please email him now at: [email protected]

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(HoCo council votes on CB51 to end ICE contract tomorrow...Take action today! Email council members at [email protected] to voice your support for CB51.)

JUFJ Is proud to support State Question 1, which allows our legislators to better advocate for their constituents when c...
10/02/2020

JUFJ Is proud to support State Question 1, which allows our legislators to better advocate for their constituents when creating the State budget.

If you're voting in Maryland this fall, make sure to vote FOR Question 1. Thank you to Delegate Marc Korman for speaking about its importance at last night's Ballot Question Convening.

The People's Branch Should Be Able To Fund the People's Priorities. Vote for Question 1.

Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins
10/01/2020

Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins

BALLOT QUESTIONS - Do you need more information about how to vote on the six questions on your Presidential Election ballot? These questions are important because they allow YOU to decide state and local policy directly.

1. Check out my ballot question recommendations here: bit.ly/3ik0bSZ

2. Join Jews United for Justice tonight for this local ballot questions event focused on Montgomery County Questions A, B, C, D. Register here: https://jufj.org/event/mc-ballots-oct-1/

Shout out to Montgomery County Senior Organizer Laura for her recent quote in The Seventh State's latest article about t...
09/23/2020
JOF, Progressives Take on Ficker

Shout out to Montgomery County Senior Organizer Laura for her recent quote in The Seventh State's latest article about the Ballot Questions:

"With this new ad, we want to show Montgomery County voters exactly what Question B says and just how damaging it would be to our schools, our essential services, and our economy,” said Laura Wallace with Jews United for Justice, one of the many organizations in the coalition. “Jewish tradition teaches that each of us has a duty to ensure that everyone in our community has the resources they need to thrive — especially during this pandemic. Now is not the time for fiscal irresponsibility.”

Read more about why Montgomery Neighbors Against B, a coalition that includes JUFJ, is calling for Montgomery County voters to vote Against Question B !

http://www.theseventhstate.com/?p=13850

By Adam Pagnucco. Former school board member Jill Ortman-Fouse is co-chairing a new group opposing Question B, Robin Ficker’s charter amendment on property taxes, along with former Jamie Raskin sta…

09/23/2020
Montgomery Neighbors Against Question B

Ballot Question B is a Bad Idea that would endanger Montgomery County's response to the COVID 19 crisis, put our County's essential services at risk, and threaten our AAA Bond Rating.

Make sure to vote FOR A and AGAINST B this fall. Check out Montgomery Neighbors Against Question B's video below for more.

To our Montgomery county neighbors and friends, be sure to vote AGAINST Question B, Robin Ficker's bad idea! Here's why it's a bad idea:

From our partners at Montgomery County DSA: "**ACTION NEEDED BEFORE WEDNESDAY **Say NO to tax breaks for developers!The ...
09/21/2020
No Tax Breaks for Developers

From our partners at Montgomery County DSA:
"**ACTION NEEDED BEFORE WEDNESDAY **
Say NO to tax breaks for developers!
The Montgomery County Council is poised to pass a bill to give 15 years of tax breaks to developers who build high-rises on Metro properties. Developers would pay zero taxes in exchange for a separate payment to be determined later, and without ANY public input. Also, the bill would not require developers to create any truly affordable, low-income housing.
Please send this letter to your County Councilmembers to tell them that tax giveaways to developers, especially in a pandemic, is outrageous."

The Montgomery County Council is poised to pass a bill to give 15 years of tax breaks to developers who build high-rises on Metro properties. Developers would pay zero taxes in exchange for a separate payment to be determined later, and without ANY public input. This is an unconscionable bill. Pleas...

L'shana tova / happy new year from JUFJ! Let the old year with its curses end, and the new year with its blessings begin...
09/18/2020

L'shana tova / happy new year from JUFJ! Let the old year with its curses end, and the new year with its blessings begin.

Art by Lauren Simkin Berke.

📣 📣 📣 Mark Your Calendar for the 2020 Heschel Vision Experience! Join us online on 11/15 for a celebration of inspiring ...
09/17/2020
Save the date for the 2020 Heschel Vision Experience! - Jews United for Justice

📣 📣 📣 Mark Your Calendar for the 2020 Heschel Vision Experience! Join us online on 11/15 for a celebration of inspiring honorees and accomplishments, then on 11/17 and 11/19 for community conversations, trainings, and much more! https://jufj.org/std-heschel-2020/

Save the date! Join us November 15, 17, and 19 for an online celebration with inspiring leaders, community conversations, trainings, and much more!

09/16/2020
Progressive Maryland

We’re in Annapolis with CASA, Progressive Maryland, and other partners demanding a special session of the Maryland General Assembly to address critical issues facing Marylanders. Maryland can’t wait!

Tune in to our Annapolis Action happening now! We demand a Special Session!

Calling all parents of young kids in DC: tell your childcare provider that financial help is on the way! #JustRecoveryDC
09/16/2020

Calling all parents of young kids in DC: tell your childcare provider that financial help is on the way! #JustRecoveryDC

BREAKING: The $5M #DC #ChildCare Provider Relief Fund is live! It will provide ALL licensed #District #childcare providers with emergency operational funding during the #COVID19 emergency + recovery period. Email outreach to providers from-- [email protected] --begins this week! More details here: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/dc-child-care-provider-relief-fund #ChildCareIsEssential #Under3DC
DCELC Dcaeyc DC Family Child Care Association

Thanks to our coalition partner Yanet Amanuel of ACLU of Maryland for this powerful piece: "We continually see officers ...
09/15/2020
Opinion | One step Maryland can take to improve policing

Thanks to our coalition partner Yanet Amanuel of ACLU of Maryland for this powerful piece: "We continually see officers violate the rights of Black people and face virtually no consequences, even if the result is death or serious injury. One of the reasons it is so difficult to change the culture of policing is that...the LEOBR thwarts transparency and accountability."

The police are policing themselves and letting themselves off the hook. It’s time to end that.

09/14/2020

Want to let DC Council know how unemployment insurance is working — or isn't? Sign up today to testify on Wednesday with JUFJ and the Just Pay Coalition!

This is a shameful situation and Maryland legislators must fix it, if the Governor will not. We’re joining CASA and many...
09/08/2020
As Eviction Hearings Resume, Undocumented Immigrants at Highest Risk of Losing Homes – Maryland Matters

This is a shameful situation and Maryland legislators must fix it, if the Governor will not. We’re joining CASA and many partners in calling for a special session of the MDGA to save lives and homes and livelihoods. https://www.marylandmatters.org/2020/09/08/as-eviction-hearings-resume-undocumented-immigrants-at-highest-risk-of-losing-homes/

This is the fifth in an occasional series on Langley Park, a largely immigrant community in Prince George’s County where difficult living conditions have been made worse by COVID-19 and the accompanying economic crisis. Maryland courts have reopened, their dockets filled with failure-to-pay-rent c...

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I cannot imagine leaving an automatic reply such as the one below from Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hello, Due to current traumatic events unfolding in our world and in our community, BLOC has moved to 4-day work weeks and will be off on Fridays We cannot ignore recent events, and how it is impacting us, our communities, and our mental health and continue as business as usual. We appreciate your understanding, and will be in touch next week. Grassroots organizations like BLOC live and operate with tough daily circumstances. Please donate to GOTV grassroots groups and invite your friends and colleagues to join you in sponsoring Grassroots Support Packs from www.Devotee.Online - a crunch time shop with shirts for just and kind returns on November 3rd. Packs include a variety of 5 GOTV & Justice t-shirts as well as a thank you letter acknowledging you/sponsor and “friends at Devotee.” We’ll email grassroots partners’ responses and photos to you to post on social media – a sweet way to further celebrate our people partners on the ground. Individual shirts make great gifts for friends, family and colleagues. Your purchases also encourage our artists who want their art and messages out in the places that matter most now – please read about these amazing young artists here. Grassroots Support Packs are currently for, but not limited to the following groups: - Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (WI); - ONE PA; - Living United for Change in Arizona; - Advance Carolina (NC); and - NAVA Education Project (NM). Sponsorship costs $87.90 at www.Devotee.Online – way below cost. Type recipient group’s name and address in the shipping section and your group will feel your appreciation within days. Thank you, Jeannie (Devotee, Neighbors Rising, Engel Associates, etc.)
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It is hard for me to believe that you would actually continue to endorse Ryan Dorsey (District 3) following his attempt to instigate the unlawful demolition of the police memorial to fallen officers! Shame on you.
A film about pioneering civil rights organizer, Jack O’Dell, who was a close colleague and advisor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He shares his insights about past and present race relations in the U.S. https://www.facebook.com/events/818797665195016/ Don't miss it. Sunday at 3 p.m.
We are fortunate to have an eminent scholar and researcher, Jonathan Brent, Executive Director and CEO of The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, as a discussion leader after this (sadly) very timely film.
Give us your tired, your poor, Mr. Trump. That's the law. You are the only one breaking it.
The New 3Rs is accepting social justice blogs from Pre-K-8 students. Visit the Your Story tab for inspiration. No Child is Born a Bigot! https://thenew3rs.org
Ya'll come if you can.
The Community Social Action Council of Temple Emanuel hosted a successful pre-legislative session meeting convened by JUFJ with MD District 18 legislators - Senator Jeff Waldstreicher, and Delegates Al Carr, Emily Shetty and Jared Solomon to share JUFJ legislative priorities in 2020.
It’s happening again pls help your support/voice.. this is in India..