Contact Linda at 917-900-2632 for more information and to RSVP.
This spring, JFREJ is focusing on Black power and liberation, and strategies for investing in the future of Black people, very much including Black Jews of Color. We started by Counting the Omer with the Vision For Black Lives platform. Then we held a #Shavuot4BlackLives. And finally, we will come together as a community, in all our multi-racial, multi-ethnic splendor, for our first-ever Juneteenth Seder!
Juneteenth is the annual commemoration of the emancipation of Africans and African-Americans from slavery. It was first celebrated on June 19th, 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally made its way to Galveston, Texas. Since then, Juneteenth has become a yearly tradition in many Black communities across the United States.
The Juneteenth Seder will be a vibrant community event led by Jews of Color, other members of the JFREJ community, and special guests. With art, music, food, and ritual we will celebrate Black liberation, lift up those who are fighting for freedom today, and wrestle with our shared responsibility to invest in Black community-building and leadership.
We will be sitting on the ground so please bring picnic blankets, pillows, and anything else you need for your comfort. There will be limited chair and bench seating for those who need it.
Get your free ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-community-event-tickets-44597211460
Justice Committee is organizing to PACK THE COURT at 500 Pearl Street in Manhattan (Room 11D) on Thursday, May 17, 1:30pm for a 2pm hearing, where the City is trying to seek immunity for the police officers who killed Mohamed and were found liable by a jury for using excessive force.
Last November, a civil trial jury found NYPD Officer Edwin Mateo and Sgt. Michael Licitra liable for using excessive force against Mohamed Bah, when they killed him on Sept. 25, 2012. Now the City wants a judge to throw out this ruling, simply because those found liable are police officers.
Please come out Thursday, May 17 to show the judge that New Yorkers stand with Mohamed's family!
DIRECTIONS: Take the J/Z to Chambers, the 4/5/6 to Bk Bridge-City Hall or the R to City Hall. Bring a photo ID and join us at 1:30pm, in time to go through security before the 2pmhearing begins. We expect the hearing will last 1-2 hours.
RSVP & MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/143870562996517/
On May 16, 2018, The Bronx Defenders is hosting a community forum about commonplace forms of police brutality, including physical violence, harassment, and abuse. We want to hear directly from New Yorkers who have experienced or witnessed these problems in their communities.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
WHERE: 360 161st St, Bronx, New York
The event will include breakout sessions that provide an opportunity for the community to voice their experiences along with their ideas for solutions, and a conversation about steps toward organizing grassroots collective action. Dinner will be provided.
Contact Shakeer Rahman (shakeerr [at] bronxdefenders.org or 347.842.1335) or Carmen Pineiro (carmenp [at] bronxdefenders.org or 718.508.3440) for more information.
Join us to rally for Saheed and make our demands to the mayor heard. Saheed’s family and community are demanding the following:
-Names of all officers involved in shooting
-Disciplinary records of all officers
-All unedited surveillance videos of the shooting
-Explanation for why SRG officers were on the scene
Release of Report on the Business of Homelessness
This year, for the first time, the city’s share of homeless shelter spending will top ONE BILLION DOLLARS, bringing the total expense budget for DHS to 1.8 billion dollars. With so much money moving around, it’s clear that homelessness is “big business” in NYC – but if the system is bad for the budget, bad for homeless people, and bad for neighborhoods, who exactly is profiting?
The cost of sheltering a homeless person can run anywhere from $2000-7500/month (and sometimes more than that) – far more than the cost of even a luxury apartment! And yet – in spite of all the money associated with a shelter stay, residents are forced to endure restrictive, austere, and inhumane conditions.
“Business as usual” isn’t working. Homeless people have a better plan, and later this month Picture the Homeless will release its report, “The Business of Homelessness: Human and Financial Costs of the Shelter-Industrial Complex.” It is the result of a year-long investigation by Picture the Homeless’ research committee into the fiscal policies and priorities that influence the lives of homeless New Yorkers… and how those priorities could be adjusted to support permanent, stable, and decent housing for the lowest income New Yorkers.
Join Picture the Homeless on the steps of City Hall at 9 AM on Tuesday, March 27, for a press conference announcing the official release of the report.
No one knows exactly how many Latinxs are arrested each year or how many are in prison, on probation, or on parole. States that only count people as “black" or “white” likely label most of their Latino prison population “white,” artificially inflating the number of “white” people in prison and masking the white/black disparity in the criminal justice system.
Without comprehensive data, policymakers, community members, and advocates cannot know how mass incarceration affects Latinos specifically and ethnic disparities cannot be accurately tracked.
Join this online discussion and hear directly from experts in criminal and juvenile justice on the impact the Latinx data gap has on our communities and what we can do about it.
-Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel, LatinoJustice
-Ryan King, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
-Marcia Rincon-Gallardo, Founder & Executive Director Noxtin: Equal Justice For All
-Angel Sanchez, Law student, University of Miami School of Law
Ana Yáñez-Correa, Program Director for Criminal Justice, Public Welfare Foundation
Event link here: www.bit.ly/latinxdatagap
Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/161920537788637/
Help rid NYC streets of abusive, discriminatory policing by coming to the Right To Know Act rally on October 11th! Communities United for Police Reform and a citywide coalition of over 200 organizations are calling for the New York City Council to pass the Right to Know Act into law to help end police abuses. It would promote police accountability in New Yorkers' most common interactions with the NYPD to prevent abuses and unconstitutional searches that continue in communities across the city. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Right To Know Act.
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The Legal Aid Society has been sponsoring a series of Know Your Rights sessions to discuss concerns about immigration under the Trump Administration. Legal Aid lawyers will discuss concerns about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the rights of undocumented and documented immigrants.
Join WITNESS and Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) for a webinar on the power and perils of filming Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and how to safely, ethically and effectively document encounters. The webinar will cover: When and how to document in case of an ICE raid; Your right to film ICE; Sharing ethically, including live-streaming; Digital security concerns
Learn more and register to attend #EyesOnICE here!