A Jewish Study Guide to “The New Jim Crow”

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander A Resource for the Jewish Community by the Jewish Working Group to End the New Jim Crow For a Word version of this document, clear here. For a pdf version, click here. This study guide is a resource to assist Jewish […]

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Mississippi Freedom Summer: Voices of the Volunteers

1. Heather Booth If we organize, we can change the world. I learned this lesson powerfully from my experience with the Mississippi Summer Project in 1964. I was 18, a white Chicago student, joining with others to shine a spotlight on the conditions in Mississippi and the horrors of America’s apartheid system. I went to […]

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Black Liberation and Jewish Identity

From the Spring 2014 issue of Jewish Currents The exploitation and oppression of African Americans have been defining features of our country’s history since the first black slaves were hauled ashore in the Virginia colony in 1619. Black servitude was a keystone of our country’s wealth for more than two centuries, and underpaid black labor […]

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February 13: Righteous Gentiles in France

Three leaders in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a Huguenot community in south-central France that was involved in the rescue of 5,000 souls, including some 3,000 Jews, during the Nazi occupation of their country, were arrested on this date in 1943: Pastor André Trocmé; Edouard Theis, administrator of the Cévenol School and a part-time minister; and Roger Darcissac, […]

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February 3: The Chaplain Heroes

Rabbi Alexander D. Goode was one of four chaplains who gave up their lives on this date in 1943 to save other soldiers when the American ship the Dorchester was sunk by a German U-boat during World War II. Ordained in 1937 by the Reform seminary in Cincinnati, and earning a Ph.D from Johns Hopkins […]

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Visiting David Gilbert in Prison

by Leonard Lehrman Discussed in this essay: No Surrender: Writings from an Anti-Imperialist Political Prisoner, by David Gilbert. Abraham Guillen Press and Arm the Spirit, 2004, 282 pages; Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond, by David Gilbert, PM Press, 2012, 336 pages; Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and […]

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