Updates from JCUA:

A monumental victory for immigrants in Chicago

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After five years of organizing, the Welcoming City Ordinance amendments have passed through the Chicago City Council. Thousands of immigrants in Chicago can now live in less fear for their basic safety and stability because the ordinance cuts off cooperation between local police and federal agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This is a …

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JCUA statement on attempted coup in Washington

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The coup attempt unfolding in Washington D.C. and state capitals across the country should shock but not surprise us. Since taking office, Donald Trump and his administration have embraced white supremacists and their authoritarian disregard for democracy, civil liberties, and equality. Today’s actions were the obvious next steps following years of escalating rhetoric and behavior. …

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How JCUA built its power for economic justice with the Fair Tax campaign

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When JCUA members voted overwhelmingly to take on the Fair Tax campaign, we knew it would be difficult. Voters don’t trust Illinois lawmakers. The ultra-wealthy would do what they can to prevent tax increases. The dominant narrative in our society holds that all government intervention is bad and all individual wealth is good. Despite everything …

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Hope Werstler on learning community organizing through a Jewish lens

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Hope Werstler is participating in the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs’ Or Tzedek organizing internship for teens in Chicagoland. The program aims to empower young Jewish leaders with the skills, knowledge and inspiration needed to pursue social change through a Jewish lens. Learn about Hope’s experiences in the program.

“I feel like it reaches the core of my being.”

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Curious about what it’s like to be a JCUA member? According to one of our core members Mike Frankenstein, it’s pretty special. “The people I work with energize me and excite me and help me feel my Jewish responsibility. It is unique. I feel like it reaches the core of my being.” Read more from …

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