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Let My People Go: Midwest Immigrant Bond Fundraiser
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

As we approach Passover, the JCUA Immigration Committee is hosting a fundraiser for the Midwest Immigrant Bond Fund! We know that our communities have the resources to free people held in immigration detention here in Chicago and throughout the Midwest, and we know that in the spirit of Passover we are obligated to help release our communities from bondage.

Join us for a relational fundraising training on Sunday, March 14th from 5-6:30 to get started, and on Thursday March 18th from 6-7:30 to make calls together. You can sign up for both here.

Mar
21
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Battle of Lincoln Park Book Club Part 2
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Register here to join JCUA for a series of book discussions on the Battle of Lincoln Park by Daniel Kay Hertz! This is an opportunity to learn together about the history of gentrification and activism in our Chicago neighborhoods, and talk about the implications for the political work we do now.

We’ll discuss the first part of the book, Part 1: The Invention of Old Town, on Sunday March 7 from 4-5 PM, and Part 2: The Conservation of Lincoln Park on Sunday March 21 from 1-2 PM. The series will end with a Q&A and book talk with Daniel Hertz sometime in April, date TBD.

Suggestions for where to find the book are in the registration form. If you don’t have time to read the book in the next few weeks but still would like to learn with us, listening to Daniel Hertz’s interview on Episode 44 of The Lit Review Podcast would be good background for our discussions.

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Or Tzedek Internship Workshop
Mar 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a regular meeting of the JCUA Or Tzedek Community Organizing Internship yearly cohort for teens. Click here to learn more, and reach out to Mara Wolkoff (mara@jcua.org) with questions or interest.

Mar
22
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College Organizing Fellowship Workshop
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is a regular meeting of the JCUA Organizing Fellowship yearly cohort for college-aged young folks. Please reach out to Mara Wolkoff (mara@jcua.org) with questions or interest.

Mar
24
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Police Accountability Committee Meeting
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please register here for our March police accountability committee meeting.

Mar
25
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Police Accountability Committee Meeting
Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Please register here for the April meeting of the police accountability committee.

Apr
5
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Book Talk with Daniel Hertz
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Learn about the history of displacement and grassroots activism in your neighborhood! Join JCUA, Base Hillel, and Mitziut for a book talk on The Battle of Lincoln Park: Urban Renewal and Gentrification in Chicago with author Daniel Kay Hertz.

Register here.

Apr
8
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Honoring Rabbi Marx
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

As we continue to mourn the loss of JCUA founder Rabbi Robert J. Marx (z’’l) — who passed away on March 28 at the age of 93 — we are overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from the many people Rabbi Marx knew and inspired.

JCUA will be gathering on Thursday, April 8 at 6:30 pm to share memories of Rabbi Marx. Please join us for this informal event led by Rabbi Bruce Elder of Congregation Hakafa to share reflections about the rabbi, teacher, and lifelong champion for justice. Register here.

Apr
11
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Or Tzedek Internship Workshop
Apr 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a regular meeting of the JCUA Or Tzedek Community Organizing Internship yearly cohort for teens. Click here to learn more, and reach out to Mara Wolkoff (mara@jcua.org) with questions or interest.

Apr
12
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College Organizing Fellowship Workshop
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is a regular meeting of the JCUA Organizing Fellowship yearly cohort for college-aged young folks. Please reach out to Mara Wolkoff (mara@jcua.org) with questions or interest.

Apr
15
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New Member Orientation
Apr 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Register here for a new member orientation!

If you are new to JCUA in the last few months and feel like you’re still finding your place (even if you’ve already had a 1:1 or been to a committee meeting), then this is the right place for you!

In this one hour call, JCUA staff, currently involved members, and new members will come together and learn about who makes up the JCUA community and how JCUA actually works, from learning about coalitions and committees to getting familiar with some basic building blocks of organizing.

Apr
19
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Youth Organizing Caucus Meeting
Apr 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Monthly Youth Organizing Caucus meeting for any high school students in the Chicago area. Reach out to Mara (mara@jcua.org) with questions or interest!

Apr
21
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Pass the People’s Ordinance for Police Accountability! @ Outside City Hall
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Rally outside City Hall to pass ECPS, The People’s Ordinance, for Police Accountability! The rally will be in-person with a car & bicycle caravan. Please register here.

Apr
22
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Police Accountability Committee (PAC) Meeting
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Police Accountability Meeting – Updates on Empowering Communities for Public Safety. Please register here.

Apr
25
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Or Tzedek Internship Workshop
Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a regular meeting of the JCUA Or Tzedek Community Organizing Internship yearly cohort for teens. Click here to learn more, and reach out to Mara Wolkoff (mara@jcua.org) with questions or interest.

Apr
26
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College Organizing Fellowship Workshop
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is a regular meeting of the JCUA Organizing Fellowship yearly cohort for college-aged young folks. Please reach out to Mara Wolkoff (mara@jcua.org) with questions or interest.

Apr
28
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Bring Chicago Home: First Committee Meeting
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join us for the first meeting of our newly formed Housing Justice Committee. You can register for the meeting here.

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4
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WE DEMAND BETTER: Bring Chicago Home town hall
May 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Register here. NEARLY 77,000 PEOPLE ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN CHICAGO.
The city will receive $1.9 billion in discretionary funds through the American Rescue Plan.
Mayor Lightfoot spent over 60% of flexible funding from the CARES Act on policing, and
is now proposing that nearly half of the incoming flexible funding is spent on the city’s
debt rather than on what residents need. Join us to demand that our city does better this time. Together, we can create safe, stable housing for all.

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Jewish Action Day – Training @ Zoom
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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JCUA North West Side Trivia Night @ Palmer Square Park
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm