Racial and Economic Justice

As white Jews, Jews of color, and our allies, we work for racial and economic justice in the BWC community, the Jewish community, and Boston community at large.

AFREJ is currently working on a campaign for racial justice in the Town of Brookline, is organizing members to support Cosecha, an immigrant rights movement, and is coordinating BWC's involvement in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) campaign to pass the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in Boston to increase affordable housing.

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?

Boston Community Preservation Act (CPA) Campaign/ Affordable Housing 2016

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), which BWC is a member of, has joined The Yes For A Better Boston Campaign to pass the CPA in Boston this fall.  If passed, real estate taxes would go up by 1% with exclusions for the first 100,000 in property assessment for all, and greater exclusions for low income home homeowners, and low to moderate elderly homeowners.  It would raise $20 million dollars yearly to go to affordable housing, development and improvement of parks, playgrounds, and the protection of water resources.  Based on communication with the Walsh administration the emphasis would be on affordable housing.  The CPA would cost the average homeowner only $24 dollars per year.

We are looking for Workmen Circle members who live in Boston and are interested in being part of the campaign.  Our goal is to identify voters who would support the campaign, educate the public, and to register new voters to support the campaign and to build greater voter/electoral power in Boston.

If you are interested in volunteering (we are looking for people who can give even small amounts of time calling and speaking with friends, neighbors and co-workers), or learning more, please contact Steve Vogel at strongvog@rcn.com, or call 617-820-2802.

Domestic Workers' Rights

AFEJ has supported the campaign to win important rights for Domestic Workers this past year with the passage of a State Bill this past summer. We are excited to continue that work with an upcoming event and action. 

In October 2014, the Brazilian Immigrant Center and the Boston Workmen's Circle Acting for Economic Justice Commitee are pleased to host the photo exhibition:

"Domestic Workers: The Invisible Wheels That Empower Our Economy"

A Photo Exhibition by Mario Quiroz

Click here for more information!

AFEJ has also submitted a Town of Brookline Resolution to encourage greater community awareness and education about Domestic Workers rights which will go before Town Meeting in mid-November. For more information contact Tolle Graham at tolle.graham@gmail.com.

We invite you to get involved! Email co-chairs Tolle Graham at tolle.graham@gmail.com or Chris Messinger at chrismess1@gmail.com

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.

AFREJ meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm at Boston Workmen's Circle.

Take a look at this list of resources about racial justice compiled by AFREJ members. Let Tolle and Chris know if there is a resource you would like added to the list.