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Racial Justice Resources


As a white person, I feel as though I shouldn’t have authority to address you all concerning racial justice. However, I also feel that I have an obligation to say something as a leader within NFTY-MAR, and our movement has an obligation to speak out.  NFTY-MAR has a history of fighting for social justice and now is the time to continue the tradition to use our voices.  Recently, I have been reflecting on my immense privilege. Although Jews face anti-Semitism, many of us can look “less Jewish” and avoid discrimination in many settings. Black people do not have such a choice, and their discrimination is ingrained in almost every corner of our society. Rather than lecturing about systemic racism, I want to share resources that amplify black voices and contribute to changing our broken society. These are just some of the many organizations, collectives, and articles working to further racial equality. I encourage you to explore their work, protests in your area, places to donate, or additional resources to learn and pursue justice together. 

Here are some things to read and reflect on, suggested by the RAC and NFTY and/or pertaining to Jews and racial justice:
Ways Reform Jews can Act Now
Black Jews are Tired
Ways Your Congregation Can Act Now for Racial Justice
Ashkenazi Awareness Checklist
Racial Justice Resources

Resource List (grouped by area)

ACLU of Maryland
Baltimore Racial Justice Action
Showing Up for Racial Justice Montgomery County
Showing Up for Racial Justice Baltimore
HOCO4JUSTICE – Howard County student-run organization with protests and resources 
Maryland Students for BLM
Black-Owned Businesses in Maryland
Black Owned Restaurants in the Baltimore Area
Baltimore Action Legal Team – this group provides legal support to protesters and other resources
Bridge MD – this is a faith based organization that brings together people from different congregations and faiths for discussion on justice and equality 
Thread – Baltimore based organization that works to break the cycle of poverty, poor education, and crime and create equality
Baltimore Bail Fund

Arlington Freedom Fighters – Arlington, VA students for racial justice group
Black Lives Matter Nova – not an official chapter, but still a good source of information
Richmond Bail Fund
ACLU of Virginia
Richmond, VA NAACP
Showing Up for Racial Justice NOVA
Legal Aid Justice Center – Charlottesville based organization that works to achieve justice by dismantling systems of oppression
Fairfax Freedom Fighters – student based organization planning protests in Fairfax County
Black Lives Matter Burke – additional resource for racial justice in/around Burke
Fairfax VA NAACP
Black Owned Businesses in VA

Black Lives Matter Durham
Triangle Showing Up for Racial Justice
Raleigh PACT – organization committed to police accountability and end racial profiling and other discriminatory practices
ACLU of North Carolina
North Carolina Bail Fund
Black Owned Businesses in North Carolina
Take Action Chapel Hill – grassroots coalition for justice and equity in the triangle area – also includes a place to donate to a legal fund
Chapel Hill – Carrboro NAACP
Black Owned Businesses and Restaurants in NC
NC CRED – nonprofit organization that works to reduce racial disparities in North Carolina and reform the criminal justice system
Southern Coalition for Social Justice – organization based in NC but works all across the South to advance the rights of disadvantaged communities 
UNITY – information from the leaders of protests in NC

Showing Up for Racial Justice DC
Nope Neighbors DC – multi-racial group of DC residents advocating for racial justice and working towards dismantling white supremacist culture.
Jews United For Justice – not a Black-run organization, but a DC based group of Jews working for racial justice.  
Black Lives Matter DC – one of the official chapters of Black Lives Matter, they work all over the DMV area
Freedom Fighters DC – black organizers – lots of information about protests and how to help in DC
Stop Police Terror DC
Until Freedom United DC – DC organizing group working to end oppression of marginalized communities
DC Protests – DC protest and gathering information
DMV area Black-Owned Restaurants – many in DC, but also in VA and MD
Unlimited Anti-Racism EBooks from DC Public Library
Washington Area Community Investment Fund – provides equity and opportunity to lower-income and underserved communities in DC

Black Lives Matter West Virginia – not official, but a good source of information
Jefferson County WV NAACP 
CARE – Statewide racial justice group working to dismantle oppressive structures

Additional things to read:
White Supremacy Culture
Becoming Better White Allies
PDFs of Books by Black Activists
List of Books and Shows on Anti-Racism

Finally, here’s a master Google Doc with a massive amount of information including petitions, gofundmes, educational resources, and more. You can look here if you don’t know where to start.

Ilene Kruger
NFTY-MAR Social Action Vice President 2020-2021