Updates from JCUA

The creation of JCUA’s Youth Organizing Caucus

Categories: Youth Programs

By Claire Schwartz, Or Tzedek alum & co-founder of JCUA Youth Caucus I was a member of JCUA’s Or Tzedek teen internship program during the summer of 2018, where I learned about organizing and social justice from a Jewish perspective. I wanted to stay involved with JCUA when the program ended. Since I live on …

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JCUA to work on addressing homelessness through Bring Chicago Home campaign

Categories: Grassroots Organizing
Following a two-month selection process of proposals, presentations, and deliberation, the JCUA membership has voted to join Bring Chicago Home (BCH), a grassroots movement to combat homelessness in Chicago. The campaign seeks to create a dedicated revenue stream for permanent supportive housing by restructuring the way the city collects taxes when properties are bought and sold. Currently, Chicago collects a 1.2 percent tax on …

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JCUA Member Spotlight: Brother Mike Eldridge

Categories: Other
JCUA is highlighting amazing members in our community working at the intersection of social justice, organizing, and Jewish values. Today we spotlight Brother Mike Eldridge, a core member of JCUA’s Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus and the Police Accountability & Public Safety Committee. Mike grew up in Albany Park, Chicago with his aunt where …

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JCUA statement on IHRA definition of antisemitism

Categories: Statements

For 57 years, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) has worked to advance racial and economic justice across Chicago and Illinois. As a Jewish organization dedicated to social justice, we are deeply committed to the fight against antisemitism. We believe that adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism at the …

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A monumental victory for immigrants in Chicago

Categories: Grassroots Organizing, Other
By Anna Rubin, JCUA Lead Organizer When JCUA joined the Chicago Immigration Working Group (CIWG) in the wake of the 2016 election, the urgency of protecting immigrant communities was clear. We had just elected a president who was hell bent on deporting as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, with as little oversight …

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