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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 the third Tuesday of each month (on Zoom for now) to learn how you can participate in our campaigns.


Our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 15 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. We will delve further into our next campaign and learn more about how we plan to support bills that address housing, homelessness, and justice system reform. RSVP via the calendar.  The following Tuesday, June 22,  at 6:00 PM, we will have our next Educated Activist conversation, during which we will be discussing Just Us by Claudia Rankine. 

Check out our previous Minyan Tzedek Community Organizing meetings:

January 19 Organizing Meeting  – Civics 101 – City Government

February 16 Organizing Meeting – Civics 101 – County Government

March 16 Organizing Meeting – Civics 101 – State Government

April 20 Organizing Meeting – A discussion of several possible state legislative campaigns on housing and justice system reform

May 25 Organizing MeetingResearch meeting with Senator Sydney Kamlager about two of her bills, SB 679, a housing bill, and the CRISIS Act, a bill to create a pilot program for non-police emergency response.


CAMPAIGNS

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

We are partnering with LA Voice and Everyone In to address housing issues in LA. We are also committed to ensuring that those impacted by the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 remain in their homes. To that end, we are supporting AB 15, which extends the eviction moratorium currently in place and AB 16, which provides rent and mortgage debt relief. We are currently researching other legislation and soon will share more information.

Campaigns for Justice System Reform

We 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. We are currently researching other legislation and soon will share more information.

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. We are currently researching other legislation and soon will share more information.

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 protect 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. Unfortunately, both measures were defeated. But we are committed to passing 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.


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 Senator Ben Allen

Know Your Reps with LA 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. Join us for our next discussion on Tuesday, June 22 at 6:00 PM. We will be discussing Just Us by Claudia Rankine. 

See our list of social justice readings & discussions.

Read a brief history of community organizing at IKAR.


Watch our MLK Day Discussion:

Beyond the Dream: A Conversation with Eric Greene, Yavilah McCoy, and Rabbi Brous


JOIN OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS

Minyan Tzedek Community Organizing meets every third Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on Zoom. To join in, or to get on our email list, email Brianna, Staci, and Adam at [email protected].