What can you do now that you’ve listened to “Decolonizing the Land, Liberating the Farmer”?

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds and Thalia Cachimuel

Organizations to Support:

  • Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC*-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. They raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, we work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. They bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. They are training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination. Consider a donation here.
  • The Food Project’s mission is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system.
  • The Farm School connects people to the land by serving as a family farm for the coming generations. We are an organization of three interweaving programs spread out over the land of four old family farms in rural Mass, now linked together under our common stewardship. Careful mentoring, meaningful work, humor and kindness are at the center of all we do.
  • Many Hands Organic Farm has been in existence since 1982 and has been selling to the public since 1985. They were first certified organic by the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association in 1987. To learn more visit their website at https://mhof.net/ 
  • Youth Grow (Youth Growing Organics in Worcester) is an urban agriculture-focused youth development and employment program for low-income teens. YouthGROW employs 32-40 low income high school teens (age 14-18) year-round who gain leadership and jobs skills as they maintain two urban organic farms. YouthGROWers complete a curriculum focused on Professional Development, Leadership Skills, Urban Agriculture, and Social Justice (PLUS,) through participation in the 8-week summer session, monthly workshops, internships, and community service. 
  • Consider a donation to “Help Fund Black Urban Farmers with Organic Seeds.”
  • National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA) organizes for black food and land, by increasing the visibility of visionary Black leadership, advancing Black people’s struggle for just and sustainable communities, and building power in our food systems and land stewardship.
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Solidarity, Love, Death

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds

June 5, 2020.

Tomorrow will be the 5th anniversary of my best friend, Damon’s death. Damon died 9 months after my Dad, and 9 months before my Mom. From this period of loss, I learned a lot about how to grieve and how to care for the grieving and dying. During those 18 months, I completed WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN! and went on a book tour— it was during this time I was called to step up and be transformed.  

Two weeks ago, we began seeing the horrific images of the police murder of George Floyd following the murder Breonna Taylor, an EMT also killed by the police. Today would have been her birthday. Breonna was 26 years old, the same age as Ahmaud Arbery who was hunted down and murdered just weeks before, for the crime of being Black. 

It strikes me that some of the age-old wisdom that I learned about how to accompany the sick or grieving may apply to how to be in solidarity with folks on the frontlines of disaster or oppression.  

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What Can You Do Now That You’ve Listened to ‘Black and Brown Solidarity: The Struggle to Defend Public Education in Puerto Rico and the USA’

By Greg Jobin-Leeds & Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel

Listen on Stitcher to Episode 4 here.

What can you do now that you’ve listened to When We Fight We Win! Podcast: Black and Brown Solidarity: The Struggle to Defend Public Education in Puerto Rico and the USA”

Whether you’re a long-time activist or learning now about how to get involved, these resources are a way to grow and contribute to the fight! 

1. Help financially by centering Puerto Rican led organizations. 

  • AgitArte works to initiate and lead community-based educational and arts programs, along with projects that agitate in the struggles for liberation. Please take a moment to consider a donation here
  • Jornada Se Acabaron las Promesas aims to denounce and stop the undemocratic discussions and policies that the JCF intends to impose.
  • Papel Machete is a worker’s street and community theater collective dedicated to puppetry, masks and performing objects for educational and agitational performances as a means of supporting the struggles of the working class and marginalized communities of Puerto Rico. You may donate here. 
  • Comedores Sociales de Puerto Rico is a socially oriented and activist self-managed food distribution initiative.
  • Protect political feminist music with Plena Combativa.
  • The Federation of Teachers of Puerto Rico (FMPR) is working with allies to set up a collection center to collect and distribute needed supplies to those most affected by the recent earthquakes that have rocked Puerto Rico and devastated many parts of the south and south west of the island. Donate here. 
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Announcing Episode 4 of WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN! The Podcast: Black and Brown Solidarity: The Struggle to Defend Public Education in Puerto Rico and the USA

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds

Introducing WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN! The Podcast, Black and Brown Solidarity: The Struggle to Defend Public Education in Puerto Rico and the USA.

How can we stand in solidarity together to ensure the educational future of our next generation? Listen to the voices of AgitArte, the Federation of Teachers of Puerto Rico, Journey for Justice Alliance, and the Alliance for Quality Education as they worked together to hold The Transnational Encounter to Defend Public Education forum. This forum was held to explore how solidarity between two nations is imperative in working towards creating a strong public education system. 

From Oakland to Louisiana, all the way to Puerto Rico, these cities and places are working to ensure that our children are getting the education they deserve. Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Katrina, fighting political tyrants such as Julia Kehler, are just some of the barriers our communities are working to overcome. This episode shares the experience of educators working on the frontlines of education reform and the initiatives that they’re spearheading to make these changes become a reality. 

We are excited to offer this episode to you and want to thank everyone involved in this unique episode.

Episode 4 is now available across all podcast streaming platforms.

Like what you heard? Listen, subscribe and leave a review! We love to hear from you all. 

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Announcing Episode 3 of When We Fight, We Win! The Podcast: ‘Fighting the Common Enemy of White Supremacy with Stosh Cotler’

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds

Why would the Jewish community choose to stand up for immigrant communities? In this episode you’ll learn about the commitment to collective liberation and the importance of allies, speaking out and showing up united as one.

Episode 3 of When We Fight, We Win! The podcast has arrived. We speak with Stosh Cotler, the CEO, of Bend the Arc. Bend the Arc a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews from all across the country. They partner with immigrant-led and Black, brown and justice organizations. 

From anti-Semitism all the way to the rally for the rights of children separated from their families under the Trump administrations zero tolerance policy at the border, Stosh explores her role in the fight for uniting Jewish voices across America. Stosh is a leader in the modern Jewish resistance movement.

Episode 3 is now available across all podcast streaming platforms.

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My ‘Flip Switch’ Moment

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds

Are Jews White? Is White Supremacy a Common Enemy?

My parents and grandparents were victims of white supremacy. As Jews they were not considered white in Germany. They were persecuted for it. Luckily they escaped and never experienced the concentration camps where millions died of disease, starvation or the gas chambers.

And when my parents and grandparents arrived in the U.S. in 1939, they were not considered white. There were quotas that kept many Jews out. It wasn’t ‘till 1950 that Jews “became white” in the U.S. Census. My mother was horrified to find in the nation’s capital drinking fountains that said “White Only”. She hated being forced to check off “white” when she filled out forms — she thought she had fled from such identification.

And she was well aware that she benefited from white and class privilege, even in Queens, NY in the mid 1940’s.

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What Can You Do Now That You’ve Listened to ‘Fighting the Common Enemy of White Supremacy with Stosh Cotler’?

By Greg Jobin-Leeds & Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel

Listen on Stitcher to Episode 3 here.

What can you do now that you’ve listened to “Fighting the Common Enemy of White Supremacy with Stosh Cotler“? In this episode Stosh explores her organizations and Jews role in the fight against anti-Semitism, and rallies for the rights of children separated from their families under the Trump administrations zero tolerance policy at the border.

Stosh talks about uniting Jewish voices across America as a leader in the modern Jewish resistance movement.

If you are new to this, pick any one of these and it will be a start and contribution.

1. Help financially by centering organizations led by immigrants:

  • United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country. With over 400000 members, they fight for justice and dignity for all immigrants. Support United We Dream here.
  • Donate (scroll down on the webpage & click ‘Donate’) to Centro Presente and help the local movement and refugee families sustain themselves & stay in the country.
  • Lawyers for Civil Rights fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. They engage in creative and courageous legal action, education, and advocacy in collaboration with law firms and community partners.
  • Brazilian Workers Center works to support workers’ struggles in the Greater Boston area around issues of workplace rights and immigration. Through organizing, advocacy, education, leadership, and capacity building, they join immigrant workers and their families in the fight against economic, social and political marginalization and in working to create a more just society.
  • Matahari Women Workers’ Center (“Matahari”) is a Greater Boston organization where women of color, immigrant women, and families come together as sisters, workers, and survivors to make improvements in ourselves and society and work towards justice and human rights. Their goal is to end gender-based violence and exploitation.

2. Help financially by supporting Jewish-led solidarity organizations.:

  • Bend the Arc is a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews all across the country. For years, they’ve worked to build a more just society. Now they’re rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda to fight for the soul of our nation.
  • Jewish Organizing Initiative Network (JOIN) is building a powerful field of Jewish leaders capable of effectively organizing for justice, both inside and outside Jewish communities in the US. They organize because, in the words of Emma Lazarus, “Until we are all free, we are none of us free”—our destinies are bound up as one.
  • American Jewish World Service is the leading Jewish organization working to fight poverty and pursue justice in the developing world. Through philanthropy and advocacy, they respond to the most pressing issues of our time—from disasters, genocide and hunger, to the persecution of women and minorities worldwide. With Jewish values and a global reach, AJWS is making a difference in millions of lives and building a more just and equitable world.
  • IfNotNow is building a vibrant and inclusive movement within the American Jewish community, across generations and organizational affiliations. This movement is open to any who seek to shift the American Jewish public and our political leaders towards a hopeful vision for Israelis and Palestinians.
  • Jews For Racial & Economic Justice has pursued racial and economic justice in New York City by advancing systemic changes that result in concrete improvements in people’s everyday lives. They are inspired by Jewish tradition to fight for a sustainable world with an equitable distribution of economic and cultural resources and political power. The movement to dismantle racism and economic exploitation will be led by those most directly targeted by oppression. They believe that Jews have a vital role to play in this movement. The future they hope for depends on Jews forging deep and lasting ties with their partners in struggle.
  • Never Again Action is a movement of thousands of Jews and allies fighting to end the US’ cruel immigration policies. They are not going to sit at home while people are dying and families are being rounded up. They take action that directly targets the system, demonstrates the stakes to the public, and inspires people to join us. They are committed to nonviolent action—our role is to expose and disrupt the daily violence of the system, not add violence that would weaken our authority and endanger our allies.
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What Can You Do Now That You’ve Listened to ‘United We Dream and the Fight for Immigrant Justice with Cristina Jiménez’?

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds and Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel

Listen on Stitcher to Episode 2 here.

What can you do now that you’ve listened to the When We Fight, We Win! Podcast: “United We Dream and the Fight for Immigration Justice” with Cristina Jiménez? Here you can find:  

  • How to support financially by centering organizations led by immigrants
  • How to help local refugee families
  • Ways to study and learn more about immigration
  • Local legislation to support 
  • Pro-Immigrant candidates to support
  • How to stay involved

There are many different ways to help. If you are new to this, pick any one of these and it will be a start and contribution.

1. Help financially by centering organizations led by immigrants.

  • United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country. With over 400000 members, they fight for justice and dignity for all immigrants. Support United We Dream here
  • Donate(scroll down on the webpage & click ‘Donate’) to Centro Presente and help the local movement and refugee families sustain themselves & stay in the country. 
  • Amplify Central American Women – The Women’s Leadership School of Centro Presenteis a space to promote new female leadership through learning, connecting, and exchanging experiences. The fundamental purpose is to develop the analysis and critical awareness of the women who participate. Together we learn about self-care tools and feminist healing. Here is the link to an informative video about this project. Support page to come soon.
  • Mijente is a national hub for Latinx and Chincanx organizing. Considering contributing to Mijiente here
  • Support Movimiento Cosecha, a nonviolent movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for all immigrants. 
  • Ask friends to support, hold a fundraiser.
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Responding to Our Calling in This Time

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds

Cristina Jiménez is from Queens, a special place to me. It’s where my mom, an immigrant refugee at age 11 first lived with her family when they arrived in the United States. In the 1940’s my Mother went to Queens College. So did Cristina. Not only that but Cristina was the commencement speaker at Queens College last year. But Cristina’s experience was different than Mom’s. Cristina was brown-skinned and undocumented (and Queens College was absolutely free back when Mom went there). Being undocumented and brown-skinned made Cristina’s experience more like what it was like to be a Jew in Germany in the 1930’s before the death camps happened. My mother was a big fan of strong powerful women, I imagine she would really like Cristina. I wish she was alive to hear this episode. 

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Episode 2: Announcement Post

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds

Episode 2 of When We Fight, We Win! The podcast is here! In this episode we have the honor of speaking to Cristina Jiménez, Executive Director of United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth led organization in the country. Cristina was named a TIME 100 person in 2018, she was a MacArthur Fellow in 2017 and is a recipient of the Freedom From Fear Award. 

United We Dream focuses on creating an inclusive space for young people, to support, engage and empower themselves to make their voice heard. Cristina is a role model for so many young immigrant activists. 

Originally from Ecuador, she shares her journey with us: coming to the United States and what her experience was like first-hand growing up undocumented in this country. Cristina explains how she became an activist and what compelled her to stand up and start organizing. Her story is one that many immigrant families can relate to. Feeling alone and afraid. Lost and scared. But Cristina’s story of resilience is one to be heard.

Episode 2 is now available across all podcast streaming platforms.

Like what you heard? Listen, subscribe and leave a review! We love to hear from you all. 

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