The Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is a space for those who identify as Jews of Color to gather, build community, and organize for systemic social change. Made up of Jews of Color from across Chicago, Kol Or plays an important role in JCUA’s work to transform our city into a more just and equitable place.
If you identify as a Jew of Color, please join us for our January meeting!
Join Mishkan (one of JCUA’s congregational partners!) for a presentation on the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Register here to join us for a day of learning on racial justice as a Chicagoland Jewish community. This day will be multifaceted and have programming for all ages. It will provide space to speak about white supremacy, to discuss the nature of racism in Jewish life, and to hold up the diversity of our Jewish community. We will begin with prayer and reflection and then learn from many teachers, most of whom identify as Jews of Color (JOC). Participants are welcome to join for one session, a few or all day!
JCUA will be holding a teen session. Our Jews of Color Caucus, Kol Or, will be holding a space for JOC.
Register here to join JCUA’s first Non-Violent Direct Action Training! This training is meant to give JCUA members the theoretical background, skills, and grounding necessary to participate in non-violent direct action, including potential civil disobedience. Attending the training is not a commitment to join any action, but we hope that attendees will be open to taking action with JCUA and our coalition partners in the future.
As of now, the training will be held in-person. All participants must send proof of vaccination in advance, get a negative COVID test that week, and wear a mask throughout the training. We will be monitoring COVID numbers in advance of the training, and let you know if anything changes.
Sign up here to join the February meeting of JCUA’s housing & economic justice committee, where we’re fighting to make sure all of our neighbors are housed and that our city and state’s resources are distributed more justly. Our current campaign is Bring Chicago Home, which seeks to create a dedicated revenue stream for homelessness.
Please join us for our upcoming Organizing 201 training! Zoom registration to come.
Sign up here for this Town Hall meeting for residents of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th Wards. The town hall will give residents an opportunity to learn about homelessness in Chicago and what the Bring Chicago Home Campaign is doing to address it, and allow people the opportunity to directly encourage their alderpeople to support this important legislation.
Please register here to join us for the 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.