Ezra Adamski on Lobbying Day in Springfield

Categories: Immigration Justice
It’s easy to forget how great the Midwestern emptiness is once you escape Chicago’s city limits. The city keeps us alive, with constant light and noise and movement; out here, the horizon and the highway are one and the same. A gray and rainy dawn broke over our drive towards Springfield. JCUA members were making …

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JCUA members begin a summer of action for immigration justice

Categories: Grassroots Organizing
By Alex Chernick, JCUA Immigration Committee The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs created our Immigration Justice committee following the presidential election of Donald Trump. Five years later — as the Biden administration begins with a Democratic-controlled Congress — we continue our work with urgency and persistence. Our committee advances immigration justice through diverse, but interconnected …

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A monumental victory for immigrants in Chicago

Categories: Grassroots Organizing, Other
By Anna Rubin, JCUA Lead Organizer When JCUA joined the Chicago Immigration Working Group (CIWG) in the wake of the 2016 election, the urgency of protecting immigrant communities was clear. We had just elected a president who was hell bent on deporting as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, with as little oversight …

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“I feel like it reaches the core of my being”: a conversation with Mike Frankenstein

Categories: About JCUA, Economic Justice, Grassroots Organizing, Immigration Justice, Other
How did you get involved with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and what have you been working on? When I retired in October of 2014, I made a list of things I wanted to do. One of them was to reconnect with my roots with JCUA. I wanted to get involved with a community …

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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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