JCUA members begin a summer of action for immigration justice

Categories: Grassroots Organizing
By Alex Chernick, JCUA Immigration Committee The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs created our Immigration Justice committee following the presidential election of Donald Trump. Five years later — as the Biden administration begins with a Democratic-controlled Congress — we continue our work with urgency and persistence. Our committee advances immigration justice through diverse, but interconnected …

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We won! Celebrating an amazing organizing victory with the passage of ECPS

Categories: Grassroots Organizing
By Jackie Baldwin, JCUA Community Organizer For five years, the JCUA community has worked to transform public safety through powerful civilian oversight over the Chicago Police Department. The people of Chicago — particularly the Black and Brown communities facing police misconduct and brutality — were demanding change, calling for greater accountability and a larger role in shaping the …

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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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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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