JFREJ’s 2013 Marshall T. Meyer Risk Taker Awards was a remarkable celebration and tremendous success! With close to 400 members and supporters in attendance, we helped honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela, celebrate the boldest risk-takers of today, and raised over $100,000 for JFREJ’s future.
From the stage, Rinku Sen taught us that “building up our capacity to deal with losing is how we build our capacity to take on bigger risks” -- and ultimately win those larger struggles. Activist and attorney Alan Levine reminded us that the Right will always try to silent movement voices, and that we must not, in our fear, give up on fighting corrosive hate speech against our communities. And Communities United for Police Reform leader Yul-San Liem called on all of us to continue the work and push even harder, proclaiming “it is time, more than ever, to up the ante."
As the director of JFREJ, I was so moved that everyone from presenters Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York to CPR leader Yul-San Liem talked about the critical role that JFREJ has played, and continues to play, in these movements for justice. It was humbling and exhilarating to see the kind of impact our community's work has had in New York and beyond.
Your involvement and support are crucial to building that impact. I look forward to upping the ante together in the days and years to come.
Marjorie Dove Kent
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
Rinku Sen with Award Presenter Ai-Jen Poo
Communities United for Police Reform (including members of JFREJ’s own Campaign for Police Accountability!)
Honoring Nelson Mandela
Host Jenny Romaine with Puppet Companion
Awardee Alan Levine with wife Donna Nevel, JFREJ Co-Founder