Racial Justice Working Group

The WRT Racial Justice Working Group was formed in 2020 to explore and address racial inequities.  The group has examined internal personal attitudes and external social systems, in order to better understand the beliefs, behaviors, and laws that perpetuate racism.  The topics discussed and examined include voting rights, criminal justice, housing, food insecurity, and critical race theory.

Our goal going forward is to work collectively on a specific action that addresses racial injustice.  We will also continue to partner with the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism and with RAC-NY to pass legislative social justice reforms at the state and national levels.

 

hand writing a postcard

Voter Registration Campaign Kickoff

July 27, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Westchester Reform Temple

We are kicking off the Voter Registration effort, as we join the Religious Action Center effort Every Vote, Every Voice.  The postcard program is the first action the RAC is taking to contact voters as part of the 2022 Every Voice, Every Vote campaign.  In partnership with the Center for Common Ground’s Reclaim Our Vote Campaign to engage under-represented voters.

WRT’s first postcard writing event will be July 27, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at Westchester Reform Temple.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get together for a common cause.  Volunteers will be provided with instructions, a script, key information, voter addresses, and postcards.  WRT will be purchasing stamps – if you would like to bring stamps to the event please email me at sharon.stiefel@wrtemple.org.

A light lunch will be served for the volunteers.  All ages are welcome!    Before attending, please be sure to watch the training video on the Every Vote, Every Voice page.

 

Previous Materials and Materials of Interest

Read:

Books

Ibram X Kendi, How to be an Anti-Racist

 

Articles

Eric Ward, “Skin in the Game”

Paul Kivel, “I’m Not White, I’m Jewish

Karen Brodkin Sacks, “How did Jews Become White Folk?

Kmele Foster, David French, Jason Stanley and Thomas Chatterton Williams. “We Disagree on a Lot of Things Except the Danger of Anti-Critical Race Theory Law.”

Lauren Jackson, “What is Critical Race Theory.”

Leah Cohen,  “Suppose Talking About the Holocaust was Forbidden.”

Raymond Zhong and Nadja Popovich, “How Air Pollution Across America Reflects Racist Policy From the 1930s.”

 

Listen:

Wright, Kai (Host).  “The True Story of Critical Race Theory.” United States of Anxiety.

Watch:

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America