Taking on Fair Tax 2020

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Votes have been cast and counted, and we can now announce that JCUA members vigorously support moving forward with the Fair Tax 2020 campaign! We will now prepare to join our coalition partners in educating Illinois residents about this important issue and working to ensure the referendum passes on the November 3, 2020 ballot. Read more …

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7 Questions with Cydney Wallace

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Cydney Wallace was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She graduated high school a year early and attended Spelman College in Atlanta, where she met her husband of nearly thirteen years. Cydney began working for Epiq Global (formerly Document Technologies, Inc.) in 2011 pushing a mail cart and, as of April 2019, became …

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How Desolate Lie Our Borders

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For the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av, JCUA co-sponsored a vigil outside an ICE detention center in Kankakee, Illinois. Three hundred Jews, immigrants and allies joined us to bear witness to the unspeakable suffering thousands of immigrant families face. Check out the post on our Medium page.

Making Chicago a true “sanctuary city”

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Donald Trump uses the phrase “sanctuary city” to disparage American urban centers. In Chicago, we consider the term a badge of honor — though it means we still have important work to do to keep immigrant communities safe. Check out Avodah Organizing Fellow Emily Isaacson’s stirring Shabbat address about JCUA’s work on immigration justice. The …

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Standing With My Community

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“No cop academy! 95 mil for a community!” The chants of passionate Chicagoans filled City Hall the morning of March 13. I found myself surrounded by angry members of my community as city council decided whether or not to fund Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $95 million cop academy. We stood around for hours, shouting relentlessly in …

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