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Our Commitment to the Pursuit of Justice

The Reform Jewish community of NFTY-SAR shares in the nation-wide grief created by the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. We also share in the immense frustration with the persisting COVID-19 pandemic that has disproportionately impacted black communities here in the Southern Area Region, as well as across the United States.

As we witness the outrage across our country and the globe, our organization recognizes the importance of not just being a supportive witness, but rather an advocate for justice, side-by-side with our black communities.

For years, NFTY-SAR has programmed and taken action on topics of racial justice, gun violence prevention, sexual violence prevention, environmental justice, and much more. Our teens are not afraid of the uncomfortable conversations, and we urge them to continue to educate themselves and take action in the way that is best fit for them.

A core value of Jewish education is that of Tikkun Olam, or repair of the world. Our movement has always strongly believed that we cannot and will not fulfill this value without being active allies to our black communities through civic engagement, protest, and education. 

NFTY-SAR will continue to strongly denounce police brutality and serve as an ally to our black brothers and sisters. See below for helpful links for voter registration, educational resources, places to donate, safe protest practices, and opportunities to discuss current events.

Signed,
Ben Ragals 2020-2021 Social Action Vice President
Jordan Ross 2019-2020 Social Action Vice President

RESOURCES

https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race Interactive portal created by the National Museum of African American History and Culture 

https://robindiangelo.com/  – books on white privilege and racism

https://www.vote.org/ https://www.vote411.org/ Two good voter registration/information links 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/02/us/how-to-protest-safely-know-your-rights-wellness-trnd/index.html Knowing your rights as a protestor 

https://www.vox.com/2020/5/31/21276082/what-to-bring-to-a-protest-coronavirus-covid-19-risk-safety Reducing COVID 19 risks while protesting

https://urj.org/blog/2020/06/01/ways-your-congregation-can-act-now-racial-justice URJ resources for action for Racial Justice

https://urj.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkduqrpzguG9Rnbhb1huus0UtoKwbLwBJn Join a conversation with Reform Jewish teens and college students at 3pm EST on Friday, June 5 to process the entrenched, deadly racism in our country, and discuss what the Reform movement and individual Jews can do to leverage our power to make change.