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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Podcast Episode 3: Fighting the Common Enemy of White Supremacy with Stosh Cotler

Are Jews white? Why would the Jewish community choose to stand up for immigrant communities? Stosh Cotler of Bend the Arc shares with us the lessons that she’s learned as a leader in the modern Jewish resistance movement.

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Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud

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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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Podcast Episode 2: United We Dream and the Fight for Immigration Justice

Content warning: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), family separation, police brutality

In this second episode of our podcast, Host Dey Hernández and Greg Jobin-Leeds interview Cristina Jiménez. Cristina is an Ecuadoran immigration activist who co-founded United We Dream in 2008. 

Cristina talks about the conditions that lead immigrants to leave their countries to seek a better future while delving into the deep-rooted issues and adversity that immigrants face in the USA. Cristina shares how United We Dream was born from the need for an organization to stand up and fight for the rights of immigrants. Jorge Díaz explores the word ‘Undocumented’ in the segment ‘The Word of the Day’.

Music: “Ultima-Thule” and “Slate-Tracker” By Blue Dot Sessions and “Resist” generously shared by Rev. Sekou.

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What Can You Do Now That You’ve Listened to ‘Resist & the Role of Solidarity with Rev. Sekou’?

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds & Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel

Listen on Stitcher to Episode 1 here.

What can you do now that you’ve listened to When We Fight, We Win! Podcast: ’Resist and the Role of Solidarity with Rev. Osagyefo Sekou? Here you can find:  

  • organizations  to support,  
  • music to  listen to,  
  • resources to learn more (websites, books and films),  
  • Black-led political organizations to keep your eye on, and  
  • activists/community leaders to follow and  repost on your social channels.  

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 organizations led by  people of color.  

  • Rev.  Sekou is  asking our community  to check out Memphis For All, an  organization that  is part of an emergent progressive electorate fighting for democracy, solidarity, and justice inside and outside the ballot box. 
  • Our dear friend, David Ragland, PhD, was the person that introduced many on our team to Rev. Sekou. Dave is Co-Founder of  The Truth Telling Project.  The Truth Telling Project  implements and sustains grassroot, community-centered truth-telling processes to amplify voices on structural violence. They  share stories, facilitate healing, support activists on the ground, educate, and seek justice.  Please take a  moment to consider a donation here.  
  • Meet Mama Cat, the woman that feeds  the movement and creator of,  PotBangerz. We met Mama Cat at a Rev.  Sekou & the Holy Ghost  concert in St. Louis. PotBangerz  is a St. Louis based tax-deductible organization of family and  community leaders who fight in justice  by uplifting the community, meeting nutritional needs, helping unhoused families navigate their  way to permanent housing.  
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Switch Flipping

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds

“For me solidarity is not a political abstraction, but rather it is how, who do we live with? Who do we eat with, right? Who do we break bread with? Whose children do we help bury? Whose hands do we hold when they’re putting their loved ones in the ground.” Rev. Sekou

Sitting next to Sekou as we recorded our first episode of When We Fight, We Win!; The Podcast was one of my “flip switching” moments, My understanding of solidarity expanded after I heard Sekou’s definition. Prior to that moment, I had understood the mutuality of solidarity intellectually, in my mind; but in this first episode, Sekou’s brilliance pierced my heart.

Sekou’s music and words have deeply moved me since the first time I heard him play in St. Louis in 2016.

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Announcing When We Fight, We Win! The Podcast

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds

We are excited to announce the launch of When We Fight, We Win!; The Podcast.

In each episode you’ll hear directly from artists and organizers on the frontlines of movements— from transforming our prison system to reclaiming our public education. Their inspiring stories are for everyone who’s ready to go from being an activist to a transformative organizer.

This series—the powerful stories and music—will blow listeners’ minds, opening them to new possibilities and power.

We’re here for everyone, especially folks who are ready to have a switch flipped in their brain, so they can understand the root causes of the problems we are facing. And a switch flipped in their heart so they can feel the meaning of true solidarity.

Every organizer started somewhere.

We want to help our listeners learn something viscerally that can help them permanently alter their behavior and become more effective in pursuing their social change goals. When We Fight, We Win!; The Podcast not only encourages listeners, it give them the tools they need to take action.

There are now almost 30,000 copies of When We Fight, We Win! in print. We are happy to continue growing this dynamic community with you.

Tune in – and please share this podcast with up and coming organizers in your networks and follow us on social media!

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