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).
Please join us for Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus monthly meeting. We will be sharing member updates, talking about upcoming events, and continuing with our strategic plan. This will be an in-person meeting at Sketchpad, but there will also be an option to join virtually.
Tisha b’Av is a time of mourning. It’s a time to recognize and grapple with the way that our cities and homes are fragile and broken, and to envision what a more just and liberated city can look like.
The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is hosting a Jewish community gathering in Oz Park just before Tisha b’Av to engage with how the homelessness crisis in Chicago is contributing to that brokenness here, and how we can make our city and our homeless neighbors more whole.
We’ll talk about the homelessness crisis in Chicago and learn about the Bring Chicago Home campaign which seeks to end it. We’ll also read reflections on homelessness and the book of Eicha that some JCUA leaders are putting together into a Zine, and have an opportunity to do some collective, creative visioning of what a city without homelessness
We’ll be meeting late Saturday afternoon to make an early Havdalah but allow time for folks to finish up and eat and get to shul before Erev Tisha b’Av services, if that is your practice.
Light refreshments will be provided.