Call to Action

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Op-ed from Lee Gordon on Portland Protests

By Lee Gordon I am in total support of the growing protests in Portland against police brutality and against the presence here of Federal agents who have been tear-gassing and harassing peaceful demonstrators on a nightly basis. (And this kind of brutality is not only the monopoly of the Federal agents, as the Portland Police…

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Portland-area rabbis call on Department of Homeland Security to withdraw federal agents

Photo: Federal officers prepare to disperse protesters outside the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 17, 2020 in Portland, Oregon (Mason Trinca/Getty Images) Seven rabbis from the Portland, Oregon, area are pushing back against the Department of Homeland Security’s covert activity against protesters in their city. Portland has been the site of protests against racial…

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Hope for the Future

At the store, I saw a man in a wheelchair, a massive swastika tattooed on his left hand. He sat in the middle of the drink aisle as I was checking out the seltzers. I noticed he had his eye on a soda that he couldn’t reach. He saw me and my clearly Jewish clothing….

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Honoring Pride Month

On June 28, 1969, in New York City, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, which resulted in bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents rioting onto Christopher Street outside. Among the many leaders of the riots was black, trans, bisexual woman, Marsha P. Johnson — leading the movement to continue over…

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Justice, Justice, Shall You Pursue

By Jennie Spector To my fellow Jews, especially white Ashkenazim – Our liberation is inextricably wound in Black liberation. We have an obligation as Jews to loudly declare that Black Lives Matter, to show up for the movement, and to, in the words of Rabbi Heschel, pray with our feet. We fled to the US…

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