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Statement on Racial Justice

“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” 

— Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

Martin Luther King Jr. was a social rights activist and a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He was also an ally for the Jews. He repeatedly spoke out against antisemitism and voiced that “Israel’s right to exist as a state is incontestable.” As a community that has and continues to face oppression, it is our duty to be an ally to the black community during this time and at all times. 

The innocent lives of George Floyd (46), Breonna Taylor (28), Ahmaud Arbery (25), Sean Reed (21), Tony McDade (38), and so many more were taken. Their stories must not go unheard. The black community is hurting. The world is hurting. This injustice and systematic racism cannot continue. We as a community must do better. 

We are taught the Jewish value Tikkun Olam, meaning, to repair the world. Our world is in desperate need of repair right now. We cannot sit idly by as this injustice continues to occur. As Jews, it is our responsibility to TAKE ACTION and USE OUR VOICES. 

Sonya Strauss, NFTY Missouri Valley Social Action Vice President

Resources for Action

Educate
Books to Read:
Black Feminist Thought – Patricia Hill Collins
Me and White Supremacy – Layla F. Saad
Heavy: An American Memoir – Kiese Laymon
So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
How to Be Antiracist – Ibrham X. Kendi
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing – Maya Angelou

Podcasts to Listen to:
1619 – NY Times
About Race
The Diversity Gap
Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast 

Films to Watch:
13th (Netflix)
The Hate U Give (Hulu)
When They See Us (Netflix)
American Son (Netflix)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)

Donate:
Minnesota Freedom Fund
Black Visions Collective
Reclaim the Block
Campaign Zero
Unicorn Riot
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Bail Funds
Equal Justice Initiative

Other Courses of Action
Policy Demands and what to say when making calls and writing emails: https://naacp.org/campaigns/we-are-done-dying/

Make Calls:
https://www.justiceforbigfloyd.com/make-calls
Governor Waltz: 612-201-3400
Mayor Jacob Frey: 612-673-2100
DA Mike Freeman: 612-348-5550
Police Chief Arradondo: 612-673-2735
Sheriff Hutchinson: 612-348-3744
Minneapolis PD: 612-673-3000
Minneapolis Dept. of Civil Rights: 612-673-3012

Write Emails:
police@minneapolism.gov
policereview@minneapolismn.gov
minneapolis311@minneapolism.gov

An Example Script of what to say:

Hi, my name is _____ from _____ and I am calling on behalf of George Floyd and the injustice that he faced. I demand the remaining three officers be arrested because being fired is not enough.

Register to Vote:
thecivicscenter.org/register
vote411.org