“There are a lot of organizations doing political organizing, but I think we’re working on something different here in terms of talking about it as a community. It really struck home for me when we had the Shabbat dinner for gay and lesbian marriage.”
Acting for Racial and Economic Justice
Acting for Racial and Economic Justice (AFREJ) works for racial and economic justice in the BWC community, the Jewish community, and Boston community at large.
AFREJ has multiple working groups. Please visit their pages for more information:
1) Government Alliance for Race & Equity (GARE) Working Group: Currently working on a campaign for racial justice in the Town of Brookline. The GARE Working Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm at Boston Workmen's Circle.
2) Immigrant Justice & Sanctuary (IJS) Working Group: IJS works to support the Safe Communities Act to make MA a sanctuary state; supports Cosecha, the movement for permanent protections, dignity and respect for all immigrants; and has helped form an interfaith Brookline coalition to support sanctuary congregations and develop a Rapid Response Network to respond to ICE raids. Join IJS at the next meeting. IJS meets the third Monday of the month from 7-9 at BWC. Questions? Contact Libby.
3) Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO): Coordinates BWC's involvement in GBIO - focuses on criminal justice reform, healthcare, and gun control.
The Acting for Racial and Economic Justice Committee (AFREJ) organizes our membership to support local racial justice, labor and immigrant struggles and coordinates our participation in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO). Our labor and immigrant solidarity work honors the history of the Workmen’s Circle, once known as the “Red Cross of Labor.” The committee gained momentum in response to the 2008 economic crisis, and continues to respond to today’s unstable and unjust economic challenges.
Building on BWC's commitment to racial justice, the Acting for Economic Justice (AFEJ) committee expanded its mission beginning in 2015 and became Acting for Racial and Economic Justice (AFREJ). We held a community wide kickoff meeting exploring the question - How can we as white Jews, Jews of Color and our allies work for racial and economic justice in the BWC community and the Boston community at-large?