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Minyan Tzedek Community Organizing


Minyan Tzedek Community Organizing: finding hope as we build a more just society. Rabbi Brous calls us to reclaim “the moral heart of our tradition.” We bring the IKAR community together to fight for social justice, inspired by Torah.


Join us for our monthly Community Organizing meetings (on Zoom for now) to learn how you can participate in our campaigns.


In lieu of our monthly Organizing meeting on Tuesday, November 17, we will be joining LA Voice for their Leadership Assembly Election Debrief instead. The meeting will be on Zoom, Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 PM. It is always uplifting to join together with our partners at LA Voice. We encourage all of you to join us. Please see the attached flyer for information, and Register here.

 

As well, we have been asked to continue to do phone banking with the Environmental Voter Project, focusing on getting out the vote for the runoffs in Georgia. If you haven’t yet participated, we can train you very easily. If you have been making calls each week, we will continue to gather together on Zoom each Wednesday from 5:00 -5:30 PM to make calls together. We’ll add the link to the IKAR Calendar.

 


Our next Educated Activist Book Discussion will be on Sunday, December 13 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm We will be discussing CASTE: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. Register here.




CAMPAIGNS


Election 2020: 

In the November 2020 election, Minyan Tzedek Community Organizing continued our decade-long fight for a more just LA City, LA County and California.

Over the past ten years, we have worked with our partners at LA Voice to help pass laws that protecdt the most vulnerable in our community. Some of those laws, including Propositions 47 and 57, were threatened by the regressive Proposition 20 this year. With our partners at LA Voice, IKARites helped deliver a resounding defeat for this immoral and punitive initiative.

We also spent the past three years gathering signatures and getting Prop 15 — also known as Schools and Communities First — on the California ballot.  And we supported racial justice by endorsing Proposition 16, which would have brought back affirmative action in California. While votes are still being counted, both of these initiatives appear to be headed for defeat. But we are still committed to what they represent and to doing the work to pass similar laws in the future. Despite significant gains in this election, we still have work to do to achieve racial justice, close corporate tax loopholes, and make sure our public schools have the funding they need.

Finally, we celebrate the passage of LA County Measure J (Reimagine LA)  which will shift ten percent of unrestricted county funds towards services and programs for under-resourced communities, but not toward law enforcement and incarceration. This is a huge ballot box success for a very important racial justice measure in our County.

Campaigns to Address Systemic Racism

We have been fighting against systemic racism since our inception. We continue to work with our partners at LA Voice towards a more just and ethical society. Currently, we are working to reimagine public safety in our city and state, by working with our elected leaders toward a moral budget that redirects funds away from police to social services in underserved communities. 

Campaigns for Criminal Justice Reform

We recently helped pass AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives, which restricts when police can use deadly force, we helped defeat the punitive Proposition 20 and we helped pass County Measure J, which will direct money toward supporting under-resourced communities rather than incarceration. We will continue to work with our partners at LA Voice to encourage our City and County to adopt a moral budget that supports the neediest among us, rather than criminalizing poor people and people of color.  


Campaign for Bridge and Supportive/Affordable Housing for those experiencing homelessness

We are partnering with with LA Voice and Everyone In to address housing issues in LA.



KNOW YOUR REPS MEETINGS

Hosting our elected representatives for Shabbat Services and discussions lets them know who we are and the values we share, and helps make our voices heard from City Hall, to Sacramento, to Capitol Hill. Guests have included: Congressman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressman Ted Lieu, City Attorney Mike Feuer, State Senator Ben Allen, State Senator Holly Mitchell, among many others.

Currently, we are hosting Zoom meetings with our local and state representatives to encourage them to embrace a moral budget. Check out our calendar for upcoming Zoom meetings and Know your Reps sessions. You can also find out if upcoming reps are your representatives by clicking here.

Here are the recent Know Your Reps conversations:

Know Your Reps with CA State Senator Holly Mitchell

Know Your Reps with CA State Senator Ben Allen

Know Your Reps with Los Angeles City Council Member David Ryu

Candidate Forum for District 4 (David Ryu and Nithya Raman)


THE EDUCATED ACTIVIST

We believe that the best activists are those who are educated about issues. Periodically, we read important books and host discussions with authors after services during lunch. Our next book is Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson.

See our list of social justice readings & discussions.

Read a brief history of community organizing at IKAR.


JOIN OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS

Minyan Tzedek Community Organizing meets every third Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Currently, we are hosting these meetings on Zoom. To join in, or to get on our email list, email Marty and Brianna at [email protected].