In the aftermath of the grievous killing of George Floyd, JCPA and community relations network are standing with the Black community to advocate for ending systemic racism in the U.S. This is an important historical moment that calls upon the Jewish community to join us in these efforts.
Below are some highlights from our work over the past couple of weeks. To learn more visit JCPA’s website at jewishpublicaffairs.org.
Issued a statement of solidarity with the Black community pledging to work to end systemic racism, signed by more than 130 Jewish organizations. To read the statement, click here.
Oped in the Forward, “My Fellow Jews: Get in the Fight,” by Melanie Roth Gorelick, JCPA Senior Vice President. Click here to read the article.
Oped in the Forward, "Dear Jewish community - here’s what to do now," by the JCRC Directors Association officers, click here.
Save The Date: Delegates Assembly on Policing Reform — JCPA is holding a Delegate Assembly session on July 8 to take a deep dive into policing reform and public safety.
Policing Reform — As an active member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights' Justice Task Force, JCPA joined over 440 other civil rights groups in endorsing eight federal priority measures for policing reform, which were shared with Congressional leaders in early June. JCPA has shared those measures with the community relations network and Congressional leaders. To read the letter, click here.
JCPA submitted a Statement for the Record on the eight priorities to the House Judiciary Committee for the June 10 Oversight Hearing on Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability. The Committee leadership has introduced a new package of reforms that include most of these recommendations but there are improvements that we are working with partners to secure. Click here to read the statement.
Take Action! Join the over 800 people who already sent messages to their Members of Congress urging support for eight federal priority measures for policing. To act now for meaningful police reform, click here.
JCPA Welcomed Supreme Court’s Decision to Protect DACA — JCPA and our network of JCRCs and national agencies around the country have been working for years to protect Dreamers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. This Supreme Court victory could not be more welcome! While this decision helps safeguard the DACA program, we continue to urge the Senate to immediately pass the Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) to permanently protect Dreamers. Click here to read more about the decision.
JCPA’s Delegates Assembly Adopts Emergency Resolutions on Issues Related COVID-19— On May 8, the Delegates Assembly adopted four emergency resolutions related to the COVID-19 crisis at a voting session attended by almost 100 representatives of local Jewish community relations councils and national Jewish agencies. The resolutions expand the scope of JCPA’s policies related to the pandemic on immigration detention, decriminalization, and enforcement; decarceration of prisons and jails; and vote-by-mail and in-person voting. The Assembly also passed, for the first time, a resolution on handling pandemics.
Please see below for links to the full resolution text:
Israel’s Changing Polices in the West Bank — Israel is considering implementing an application of sovereignty or annexation over parts of the West Bank that could take place as early as July 1. JCPA, in coordination, with the Israel Action Network, has put together a task force to assist JCRC directors and chairs in responding to this concern locally. JCPA has compiled articles, webinars, and studies on the issue to assist you. To read the resource page, click here. For information on study materials from various viewpoints or how to vet the issue locally, contact JCPAinfo@thejcpa.org.
Report on Strengthening the JCRC Field (2016-2020)— In 2016, under new leadership, JCPA set out as its major goal to strengthen the JCRC network by developing resources, providing skills training, supporting professionals and lay leadership, and raising the network’s national profile. With the goal of supporting and advancing the field, JCPA’s work is organized into three major areas: network support, leadership, and public policy advocacy. We are proud to share with you our accomplishments, knowing that there is more to be done. Click here to read the report.
WEBINARS AND EDUCATIONAL SERIES
Educational Materials and Curriculum on Racism and Racial Justice— JCPA compiled recommended materials for the Jewish community to use to educate themselves and their networks about racism and racial justice in the U.S. Click here to for the resource list.
In Case You Missed It...
Ending Racism in America: A Discussion with Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP
We are living through the most significant conversation our country has had on racism since the 1960s. What are the priority issues for the Black community? What is the role of the Jewish community? What does a new partnership between Blacks and Jews look like? More than 2000 people registered for this webinar.
White Nationalism, Racism, and Antisemitism in America Today
This country is facing a crisis of white nationalism and growing hate—from attacks like in Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, Poway, and El Paso--to the racist murders of George Floyd and countless others. Watch for a discussion on how to understand and confront white nationalism—and the racism and antisemitism central to it. Featuring Amy Spitalnick , Executive Director of Integrity First for America, and Eric K. Ward, Executive Director of the Western States Center.
Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), a network of 125 local Jewish community relations councils and 17 national Jewish agencies, advocates for a just and pluralistic America, Israel's quest for peace and security, and global human rights.