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11 Days of Action

Statements from Rabbis and Jewish activists arrested in Upper West Side civil disobedience

New York, NY – On the late evening of Thursday December 4, 27 people, including four rabbis (Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Rabbi Shai Held, and Rabbi David Rosenn) were arrested following an Upper West Side protest in which demonstrators blocked traffic on 96th street. The protest was organized by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), in coordination with the #ThisStopsToday coalition, in responses to a Staten Island Grand Jury's failure to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the NY police officer responsible for the chokehold homicide of Eric Garner, and growing national outrage over the systemic lack of accountability for the killing and discriminatory and abusive targeting of people of color by the police.
 
Full statement follows:
 

Meyer Awards and Action

Breaking: The New York Grand Jury has voted not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the white police officer who killed Eric Garner in a chokehold. Please join us as we come together as a community recommitted to racial justice, and take powerful action demanding police accountability. Immediately following the Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Risk Taker Awards, we will join together for a powerful action to demand an end to police brutality, broken windows policing, and an unaccountable system that terrorizes black and brown people every day. More details will be provided at the Meyer Awards.

JFREJ Just Won a 2014-2015 Slingshot Award!

We have good news to share! We just learned that the Slingshot Fund has selected JFREJ as being among North America’s most innovative Jewish organizations.

Jews Recommit to Standing Against Islamophobia

At this time of deep community introspection and recommitment, our coalition has issued a short video--Jews Recommit to Standing Against Islamophobia. 

What you can do: Solidarity with Michael Brown and all victims of police brutality

Jews in New York have been asking: What can be done to be in solidarity with folks in Ferguson?

Below are some requests from organizers in Ferguson and folks on the ground in St. Louis, including from Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment (MORE) and Organization for Black Struggle (OBS).

Breaking: Jews Threaten Brooklyn Mosque

New York Jews Respond to Anti-Muslim Harassment During Month of Ramadan, Stand with Neighbors

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, together with its partner organizations in the Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition (JAIC), strongly condemns the threatening and intimidating targeting of Muslims praying at two mosques on Sunday morning, and calls on New York City leadership to take action to ensure the safety of all Muslims in New York.

Know Your Responsibilities!

We recently all saw the tragic killing of Eric Garner by the NYPD. The only reason Eric Garner is a name we know is because of the phone video of his unjust and unnecessary death. The Campaign for Police Accountability has produced a flyer to help us understand our rights, tactics and responsibilities when we witness an arrest or police action. If there were ever any doubt about the importance of cop-watching or developing a culture of cop-watching, these events demonstrate in stark terms why we need to turn our eyes and cameras on these situations. Please download the flyer, and get involved in the campaign.

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