Please register here [zoom link to come] to join us for our virtual monthly meeting of our Community Safety Committee. We will have a brief orientation for new committee members at 5:40PM.
About the committee:
Formerly known as the Police Accountability Committee, Community Safety is committed to ensuring restorative and power-shifting approaches to criminal justice and policing. JCUA members are passionate about these issues for a variety of reasons. As a multiracial organization, we recognize many of our members are further exposed to police violence because of their racial identity or where they live. As organizers, social workers, and other community workers, we see the impact of communities being heavily policed and systemically divested from. As Jews, we know that our ancestors have survived state-sanctioned violence, and that we have a responsibility to speak up about those who are experiencing it today. Guided by these recognitions and values, JCUA members spent years working on the GAPA (Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability) and ECPS (Empowering Communities for Public Safety) ordinances to give communities a powerful voice in determining what policing, policy, and reform in Chicago looks like. After ECPS passed in City Council this summer, JCUA is at the forefront of ensuring a successful implementation of the Community C0mmission on Public Safety.
Join us for Acts of Change on June 2nd! You can buy tickets and/or make a donation of any amount here.
After moving online for two years, we’re excited to host Acts of Change on June 2nd at 5:30 pm at the beautiful (outdoor!) plaza of the Chicago History Museum. We look forward to welcoming the members, supporters, partners, and friends who make JCUA the powerful organization it is.
(The standard ticket price is $300. If this amount is cost prohibitive and you’d like to attend the event, please fill out this short form and we will reach out with additional options.)
Register here to join this night of learning!
JCUA and KAM Isaiah Israel are cosponsoring a Southside Social Justice Tikkun Leil Shavuot (night of study for Shavuot). Shavuot celebrates the moment when Jews received the Torah at Sinai; nighttime learning as a community allows us to tap into this moment of revelation! We will have multiple learning sessions, a Ma’ariv (evening) service, music, and snacks to sustain us along with cheesecake and informal time to connect by the KAMII fire pit on Greenwood Plaza.
KAMII, 18 Doors, JCUA, Keshet for LGBTQ+ Equality, Moishe House, Nichols Park Minyan and Repair the World are excited to have you join us for a night of learning, bonfire, song and cheesecake!
Teachers from these partner organizations will share what Judaism can teach us about committing to tikkun olam, repairing the world.
This month, we’ll circle back on some proposed environmental justice campaigns for the North Suburban Organizing Team to work on moving forward, including work with Dayenu and the IL Green New Deal Coalition, as well as discuss possible future racial justice training for the team. Join us to learn how JCUA members in the North Suburbs are taking action locally together!
With an eye to our ancestors, we will embark on a March Through Time to experience powerful reenactments of key moments in the liberation of enslaved people in the United States.
As dusk draws near, we will bid farewell to Shabbat and welcome a new week with a moving Havdalah service. All are welcome as we gather in community, friendship, and love.
RSVP here to join us.
Register here to join us. This is the second follow up session where the May 10 JCore presentation on JCUA starting a 501(c)4 sibling organization will be re-screened. There will then be time for continued discussion and questions. This session will be in person at SketchPad (4411 N. Ravenswood Ave.). There is a step to get into the SketchPad building, with the option of putting a portable ramp outside to access the step. There is an elevator to the third floor, or a set of stairs. There is a single-occupant bathroom in the space. We will hold the screening in SketchPad’s open space with the windows open for increased air circulation. We ask that everyone remain masked during the session. If you attended the May 10 session but want to have further discussion with other JCUA members about the proposal and/or have questions for staff or members, feel free to join around 6:40 pm as we’ll spend the first ~40 min rescreening the presentation from the May 10 meeting for those who weren’t able to attend.
Register here to join us. This is the third of three follow up sessions where the May 10 JCore presentation on JCUA starting a 501(c)4 sibling organization will be re-screened. There will then be time for continued discussion and question asking/answering. This session is on Zoom. If you attended the May 10 session but want to have further discussion with other JCUA members about the proposal and/or have questions for staff or members, feel free to join around 6:40 pm as we’ll spend the first ~40 min rescreening the presentation from the May 10 meeting for those who weren’t able to attend.
Please register here to join us. The goals of this training are to:
1) Unpack our social identities and how they position us in relation to power.
2) Engage with language and tools to support us in dismantling systems of racism & white supremacy. The training will be held in person on Sunday, July 10 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.
This training is put together by a multi-racial team of JCUA staff and leaders.
The training is developed for white people and JOCs who are looking to strengthen their skills to better combat racism in themselves, their work with JCUA, and throughout their lives.
Please note: this training is a prerequisite for our White Racial Justice Working Group as well as for the Intersections of Antisemitism and White Supremacy Training taking place in the fall/winter.
If you are interested in participating in this training, please fill out this RSVP form by Monday, June 20.
There are over 58,000 people experiencing homelessness in Chicago. That’s more than the population of many wards. And yet, Chicago lags significantly behind most of our peer n spending on homelessness services. Bring Chicago Home is a campaign that would help end this crisis by bringing in $150 million a year to provide housing and services for our homeless neighbors.
Unfortunately, 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack will not agree to cosponsor Bring Chicago Home. 19 alders have already signed on, but he refuses. Ald. Waguespack stands alone among northside progressives in opposing this legislation. This inaction endangers our homeless neighbors, and is out of step with the values of the 32nd Ward.
Join JCUA and ONE Northside and your neighbors in demanding Alderman Waguespack step up to help end the homelessness crisis and Bring Chicago Home by rallying at his office on Tuesday, July 19th at 5pm.
We are going to celebrate and uplift our Springfield victories in JCUA’s Immigration Committee, alongside our partners in the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights! All of our wins have helped us get closer to our vision for the world we seek! We want to take time to celebrate all of our State Level victories and all the hard work you did to bring them to fruition!
Email Becca Lubow, Immigration Organizer, to RSVP: email@example.com
As JCUA considers the possibility of launching a 501(c)4 sibling organization to engage in electoral organizing, we’re turning to members to help us decide the next steps. Members are coming together soon to vote. To be eligible to participate in the process, you are required to either have either attended the initial JCore meeting about the C4 or view a repeat screening. This will be our last screening before the deadline!
Registration link coming soon! Email Anna Rubin, Lead Organizer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions and more information.
On July 31st from 11-1, we will be having a Treatment Not Trauma teach-in at Sketchpad and virtually. This will give people the rundown on the campaign, how to get involved, and a crash course on canvassing! We would love for as many Chicagoland teens to join us as possible. Food will be provided.
For the Immigration Committee’s July meeting, join us for a training on white supremacy within the U.S. immigration system, historically and today, and how we can ground our work for immigration justice in anti-racism! This is a hybrid training, with the option to join on Zoom or in person at Sketchpad (4411 N. Ravenswood Ave). Vaccinations and masks are required for everyone attending in person.
JCUA is holding a space for Chicagoland JOC teens to come together to build relationships and be in community. The space will be led by JOC teens involved in Kol Or (JCUA’s JOC Caucus) and from JCUA’s High School organizing fellowship. This will be a chance for JOC’s to connect over shared identities and values. The event will be held on July 31st from 3:00-5:00pm CT in person at Sketchpad (4411 N Ravenswood Ave).