Taking on Fair Tax 2020

Categories: Economic Justice, JCUA Campaigns, Other
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. JCUA …

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7 Questions with Cydney Wallace

Categories: About JCUA, Other
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, …

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How Desolate Lie Our Borders

Categories: Immigration Justice, Immigration Reform, Other
Tisha B’Av is often considered the most somber day on the Jewish calendar.It’s the day we mourn the destruction of the holy temples of ancient Jerusalem. It’s the day we recount the tragedies Jews have experienced throughout our history: demonization, eviction, pogroms and genocide. It’s the day we reflect on the corrosive power of sinat …

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Making Chicago a true “sanctuary city”

Categories: Congregation Partners, Immigration Justice, Immigration Reform, Interns & Internships, Other
As part of a collaboration with Temple Sholom’s Makom community group, JCUA’s Emily Isaacson delivered the following remarks about our immigration work within the city of Chicago. When Donald Trump says he wants to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities across the country, I want to be proud that Chicago is on the list, that …

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Standing With My Community

Categories: Other

“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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