Take action: antiracism resources

Our country is in pain – we are mourning the senseless murders of Black Americans including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery. We continue to hear stories of violence against people of color at the hands of the government, the police, and average citizens. If you are angry, outraged, or heartbroken, you are not alone.

And since you are National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) advocates we know you are already thinking about how you can make change in this difficult time. The Torah teaches, “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” (Leviticus 19:16). We have a sacred obligation to speak out against racist systems, structures, speech and action, and to work towards a more just future. And as a diverse Jewish community that includes Black and Brown Jews and allies, it is our responsibility to be proactive and not passive. The work of making change can feel daunting, and first and foremost we must each make choices every single day to be anti-racist.

But, how? As NCJW advocates we are committed to antiracist work for the long-haul. To keep us moving forward during this frightening time, here are some helpful resources with some ideas of places to donate, educate yourself, and take action.


TAKE ACTION:

  1. Sign NCJW’s petition condemning police brutality.
  2. Join the NCJW delegation at the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (PPC) by using this link to join their virtual summer mobilization at 10:00 AM ET on Saturday, June 20, to highlight the crisis of poverty in America and the impact of COVID-19.
  3. Join a Protest. There are protests all over the country. Join them if you feel compelled to do something physical and if it’s safe for you. If you go, consider downloading and bringing a NCJW #BlackLivesMatter sign (or print and hang in your window)
  4. Donate essential items. To stay safe and healthy protesters, protesters might need hand sanitizer, masks, food, water, and small medical supplies. Find the local Mutual Aid group closest to you to see what’s needed or where best to drop off the supplies. Check out this database or search on Facebook.
  5. Amplify voices of color. Support the Movement for Black Lives week of action on June 1-5. The Movement For Black Lives, and organizers mobilizing across the country, invite you to uplift and fight alongside those turning up in the streets and online.
  6. Start a salon or book club using the books, podcasts, articles, and movies below. Engaging in a difficult conversation and becoming even more self-aware is an important step towards being antiracist.
  7. Remember, this is ongoing work. Being anti-racist is not something to check off a box, but something to work towards every day. Continue to learn, discuss, and to name your failures and learn from them.

LEARN:

READ:

Articles and Sermons:

Books

Listen and Watch:

Podcasts:

Documentaries and Movies

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

PS- Did we miss a resource that has been useful to you? Send it our way at action@ncjw.org