The Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana stands in solidarity with our neighbors in the African-American community and people of conscience everywhere in expressing our anger and sorrow at the senseless murder of a black man, George Floyd, by four Minneapolis police officers. This is just one more example of the racial bias and injustice that has permeated our country for generations
Our Jewish traditions and values compel us to stand up for the rights of all people without prejudice or bias. If we do not speak out, if we do not take action, we are part of the problem.
Now is the time for action!
Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC)
Chairs: Rosalie and Don Levinson
Federation's Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) promotes racial and religious understanding and endeavors to eliminate anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry through advocacy and educational programming.
Over 130 people from 15 local Jewish, Christian, and Muslim congregations came together for our inspirational, multi-faith evening featuring Chicago’s acclaimed KEEPING FAITH: SISTERS OF STORY (sistersofstory.weebly.com). The event was held at the Jewish Federation in Munster on Thursday evening, February 6, 2020.
Aida Nozick, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana, shared this thought: “Now more than ever, our communities need to come together and focus on what unites us rather than what divides us.” The Jewish Federation has re-activated its Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), which will be working to promote racial and religious understanding and build positive relations with our non-Jewish neighbors through education and engagement. Community members of all faiths are invited to sign up for a new JCRC email list for further news and events supporting interfaith relations.
What's happened so far?
So what does SB12 do now? Not much!
The gutted version of SB12 no longer:
Will the current gutted version of SB12 get Indiana off the list of 5 states without a bias crimes law?
What is Indiana Forward recommending?
The Bias Crimes bill (Senate Bill 12) has now moved to the Indiana House of Representatives. Although the Senate stripped the bill almost entirely (scroll down for details of what happened), we are committed to fighting every day until the end of the session to make the case that a real and effective Bias Crimes statute MUST have the language that has been removed, including (1) the list of enumerated characteristics, (2) reporting requirements, and (3) training for law enforcement
In order to be successful, we need to generate thousands of phone calls and points of contact with elected officials over the next 10 days!
MAKE 3 PHONE CALLS NOW!
After making these calls, then:
Help us create an overwhelming groundswell of support that our legislators won't be able to ignore.