It’s June. Normally, this email would begin with some kind of tongue-in-cheek comment about how it’s raining again or that my roots are growing faster than the my tomato plants or that we are becoming pros at achieving the most flattering angle on Zoom.
But May seems like a lifetime ago.
NCJW Chicago North Shore sends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd. And we stand with Minneapolis as they continue to grieve and heal.
Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof. This is NCJW Chicago North Shore’s clarion call to action and guiding imperative. Though the recent and all too frequent acts of senseless violence and injustices against people of color has shaken us, it has not deterred our pursuit of justice. For over 125 years, NCJW has made it our mission to speak out against racism, injustice and white supremacy. Today, we recommit as an organization to work to end the hate-filled and senseless violence that cut-short the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless others. By working for legislative reform, initiating local activism, and educating NCJW advocates, we will challenge ourselves and our communities to actively help end the toxic culture of racism that permeates our country.
We are shaken, but our resolve is stronger than ever.
For now, it is important to support Black and Brown communities and the leaders spearheading the peaceful, anti-racist responses unfolding. Together, we will make sure the memory of George Floyd will be for a blessing.
In the coming weeks, we will send out information on new racial justice programming which will include opportunities for education, advocacy and community service. Please check your email inboxes and our website in mid-June. In addition, we’ve listed some links and resources below that you might find useful.
Melissa Prober, Executive Director
Debbie Vietinghoff, President
NCJW Chicago North Shore
“To the rioters here in Atlanta and across the country: I see you, and I hear you. I know your pain, your rage, your sense of despair and hopelessness. Justice has, indeed, been denied for far too long. Rioting, looting, and burning is not the way. Organize. Demonstrate. Sit-in. Stand-up. Vote.” – Congressman John Lewis