Do Not Stand Idly By...
As an organization that has continuously worked to combat discrimination and anti-Semitism for more than 50 years, JCUA will not “stand idly by” as our new administration advances policies and people with devastating local ramifications. Many of the policies being set forth by the new administration are cruel and short-sighted, and are in direct opposition to our fundamental values, as an organization and as Jews.
The Executive Orders barring entry to the United States for refugees and immigrants are an attack on innocent people and their families. The majority of the people in our own community come from immigrant families or are immigrants themselves. We reject all efforts to target those who are already vulnerable in our city; it endangers lives and stokes the fire of baseless hatred.
WHAT IS JCUA DOING?
We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters across Chicago, and will continue our work against social injustice, fighting for the dignity and humanity of the people in our city. We do this through:
JCUA has joined the Illinois Coaltion for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and dozens of other organizations to pass the TRUST Act (SB31), a bill that prevents local law enforcement from collaborating with ICE agents, and protects thousands of undocumented people across the state of Illinois. It has passed both the Illinois House of Representatives and the State Senate, and is awaiting Governor Rauner’s signature. JCUA has committed take action for our immigrant brothers and sisters by putting at least 100 calls into Governor Rauner to urge him to sign the TRUST Act into law.
This coalition is a diverse group of community members and interfaith leaders from across Chicago, including elected officials and 30 community organizations. This group created a Unity Platform and set of resolution that have already passed on the city level. They are currently working on a Human Rights Amendment that would prevent discrimination based on national origin or immigration status.
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
JCUA is involved with ICIRR’s ongoing campaign work in support of their Platform for Resistance, Unity and Respect. We participate in rallies, protests and action in solidarity with immigrants and refugees in Chicago.
Other Calls to Action
In an effort to actively take part in speaking out against dangerous decisions by the administration, JCUA will share notifications about actions and events as best as possible. We will not always have staff on hand, but know that our members, effectively represent JCUA far and wide!