Posts Tagged ‘Detroit Jews for Justice’

Mary Ellen Gurewitz helped secure the right to straight-ticket voting in Michigan.

Landmark Court Case Win

Ruling means straight-ticket voting remains an option for Michiganders. Mary Ellen Gurewitz, a lawyer at the Detroit law firm of Sachs Waldman and Detroit Jews for Justice (DJJ) co-founder and steering committee member, recently won a historic case for voting rights in Michigan’s straight-ticket voting issue. Straight-ticket voting is a tool that allows a voter…

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Hannah Lewis with an assortment of her own fermented veggies and sauces

Sour Grapes? Nah, Sour Pickles!

Louis Finkelman Contributing Writer Photos by Jerry Zolynsky Here’s how you can make your own at home in a flash. It feels uncanny. Put cucumbers in a jar. Cover them with clear salt water. Add a few spices. Wait a week or so, and you have delicious sour pickles in a tangy, cloudy green brine.…

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Metro Detroit Jews at a Poor People’s Campaign event PHOTO BY NINA CHACKER. Michigan PPC

Essay: Leading Michigan Poor People’s Campaign

Dozens of rabbis and lay leaders join together for social justice. This summer, interfaith clergy and lay leaders gathered to revitalize the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) through six acts of nonviolent civil disobedience paired with songful, impassioned rallies. Each weekly action in May and June focused on one of…

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Letters – July 19, 2018

There’s A Reason She Was Canceled The shoe is on the other foot for Lena Epstein (“Canceled,” July 5, 2018, page 17), and it’s not so comfortable judging from her reaction. People are turning on her not because she’s a Republican but because she’s a hypocrite of the worst kind. It has nothing to do…

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Commentary: Confronting Racism

On May 4-6, I and three other Detroit Jews of Justice leaders attended a “White People Confronting Racism” weekend training with Training for Change in Philadelphia. I arrived home surprised at how heartwarming a weekend confronting racism could be. The training ended with full hearts, affirmation and genuine love for one another. I left feeling…

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Supporters of the Poor People’s Campaign.

DJJ at the Poor People’s Campaign

Praying With My Feet For the past two Mondays, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of joining the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) in Lansing as part of its “40 Days of Moral Action.” The PPC is committed to the lofty goals of ending the “four evils of racism, militarism, poverty and environmental devastation,” and recognizes…

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Chris Harrison, one of many Jews of Color

Jews Of Color

Converting to Judaism is the best decision I’ve made in my entire life. It has given me the chance to connect to my Jewish heritage that was unfortunately quelled due to American Christian hegemony. It has provided me with a path of righteous love, a rich and endless depth of wisdom and insight, and a…

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Brittany Feldman of Hazon Detroit, David Brown of Kibbutz Detropia, Rev. Deb Hansen, a board member of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, Leah Wiste of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, Ilana Unger of Hazon Detroit and Staci Rosen of Repair the World Detroit in front of Hazon’s Topsy Turvy Bus that runs on used vegetable oil.

Faces & Places: Hazon Detroit

Hazon Detroit, Forest bathing, Farmington Hills Nature Center, March, 2018 In mid-March, 25 participants joined Hazon Detroit to explore their senses through the sweet practice of “Forest Bathing,” immersing themselves in nature to help reap physical and psychological benefits. Cayla Samano, a certified forest therapist, and Brittany Feldman of Hazon led the group on a…

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These discarded veggies will turn into black gold for gardeners.

No More Waste

Hazon Detroit serves up healthy heaps of compost — just in time for Earth Day. In the North End neighborhood of Detroit near historic Oakland Avenue, there is a large patch of land where houses used to stand, houses where Jewish immigrants first began their American journey, that in time became the homes for some…

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Detroit Jews For Justice Holds Forum With ACLU To Prepare For Trump

These are trying times for the millions of voters who did not choose Donald Trump and Mike Pence to lead the country. With emotions running high, about 150 individuals brought their questions and concerns to a Detroit Jews for Justice (DJJ)-sponsored program, “100 Days: Preparing for the Presidency.” Kary Moss, executive director of the American…

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