Jews for Black Lives

Dear friend,
 
This morning, we are proud to be one of over 600 Jewish organizations, synagogues, and congregations - representing over half of all Jewish Americans - speaking out in this powerful ad in the New York Times: “We say unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.”
 
Today is the Commitment March, the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, and the day of the Black National Convention. Nationwide, planned actions and commemorations are taking place, alongside a rise in protests demanding justice, equity, and police accountability.
 
We at Boston Workers Circle are honored to be a part of this unprecedented collection of Jewish communities, acting on our commitment to racial justice and collective liberation. We know that we must continue to fight, together, for a country where all of us are safe and free.
 
The letter reads, “Black Lives Matter, the recent uprisings across the globe in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others, and the decades of political organizing across the country that have led to this moment are movements led by and for Black people. We see through any attempt to suggest otherwise by pointing fingers, scapegoating, or using antisemitic dogwhistles.
 
As Jews, we know how dangerous this is: when politicians target Jewish people and blame us for problems, it leads directly to violence against us. When Black movements are undermined, it leads to more violence against Black people, including Black Jews.”
 
Grateful to be in this with you all,
 
 
Jen Kiok
Executive Director

 

ACTIONS TODAY AND THIS WEEKEND
The March on Washington, organized by the National Action Network
Friday, Aug. 28, Main Program: 11am - 1:00pm, March: 1:00pm
An intergenerational inclusive day of action to demonstrate advocacy for comprehensive police accountability reform, the Census, and mobilizing voters for the November elections organized by the National Action Network. Learn more and watch the livestream here.
 
Black National Convention, hosted by the Movement for Black Lives and the Electoral Justice Project
Friday, Aug. 28, 7:00pm
At the convention, voters will ratify a Black national agenda ahead of the November elections guided by the Vision for Black Lives -- a comprehensive and visionary policy agenda endorsed by over 50 Black-led organizations in The Movement for Black Lives ecosystem, along with hundreds of allied organizations and individuals. The multi-hour broadcast will be filled with energy, celebration, education, electoral justice, and a vision for Black Lives before the biggest election of our time, and long after. Learn more and watch the BNC here.
 
Ride for Black Lives 
Sunday, August 30, 11:30am at White Stadium, Franklin Park
The Ride for Black Lives is a bike ride in solidarity with the fight against systems and acts of oppression, police brutality against, criminal injustice system against, and murder of Black people, including and especially those who are LGBTQ+', disabled, poor, and under control of the criminal justice system. Learn more here.
 
Vigil & Rally for Jacob Blake & Victims of Police Terror
Sunday, August 30, 6:00pm in Nubian Square
Join us as we demand justice for the attempted murder of Jacob Blake and declare our solidarity with the rebellion against racist police violence across the country. Learn more here.
 
GIVE SUPPORT
Donate to the Milwaukee Freedom Fund (part of the National Bail Out Network) which is assisting protesters in Kenosha with bail funds after protests in Wisconsin erupted this week in response to police officers shooting Jacob Blake, here.
 
Sign the petition calling for justice for Jacob Blake here (including a link to directly support his family).
 
Sign the Black Lives Matter petition to defund the police here.
 
Actively support and buy from Black and Brown owned businesses in Boston. Check out a comprehensive running list of businesses here.
 
GET PLUGGED INTO LOCAL ORGANIZING
Join our Acting for Racial and Economic Justice (AFREJ) committee in their work around reparations by emailing nickfayn@yahoo.com.