Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z”l once said that “It's when the winds blow the hardest that you need the deepest roots”.
Right now, winds of injustice are blowing hard. Despite the conviction of Derek Chauvin, the system that allowed him to take George Floyd’s life remains in place. It’s the same system that stole the life of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center a few weeks ago. Hate crimes continue to rise, and thousands across the state are threatened with eviction.
But we are rooted in a tradition that compels us to repair our broken world.
During these times, we need to stand with each other against those battering winds. For over 25 years, JCA has weathered many storms, fighting for tikkun olam, through organizing for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. We’re meeting this moment by empowering our community to take collective action and stand in solidarity with our neighbors across lines of difference.
When we come together and draw deep from our roots, another world is possible. A world where everyone has access to safe, stable and affordable housing. Where immigrants are welcomed and supported. Where all communities live free from discrimination and economic hardship. Where our systems of public safety protect everyone. Where Black and brown folks not only survive, but thrive.
By contributing to our Spring Forward campaign we can continue our work, more urgent than ever, organizing for:
Statewide hate crimes reform to track, combat, and heal from hateful attacks
Ending county collaboration with ICE and passing legislation to defend immigrant communities
Housing access and tenants rights protections in the Twin Cities metro
Holding space for challenging conversations on policing and public safety in our community
This is the time for powerful organizing rooted in Jewish values, and we need you with us.