06 May 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
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.
3. Study resources on Anti-semitism, white nationalism and the root causes of the suffering:
- Understanding Antisemitism: A Jews for Racial and Economic Justice Webinar
- White Nationalism a piece by the Political Research Associates
- The New Christian Zionism and the Jews: A Love/Hate Relationship, from Political Research Associates
- Why Antisemites Love Israel(Video from Al Jazeera+)
- Why Evangelicals Love Israel(Video from Vice)
4. How to support local refugee and immigrant families:
- Greg’s Temple, Beth El in Belmont/Cambridge has a refugee committee, and is caring for over a dozen families and often needs items and help, email at Amy Rosenstein <email@example.com> to get involved.
- HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.
- RIAC is a community-based, non-profit, grassroots human service agency that provides comprehensive services to refugees, asylees, & immigrants. Services include refugee resettlement, asylee case management, counseling, outreach & education, & other social services.
- Encourage your school, place of worship, or community to develop a refugee committee and host refugee families.
5. Legislation to support:
- The Work and Family Mobility Act would enable all qualified state residents to apply for a standard Massachusetts driver’s license, regardless of immigrant status, while keeping our Commonwealth in full compliance with REAL ID requirements.
- The Safe Communities Act, sponsored by Reps. Ruth Balser and Liz Miranda in the House, and by Sen. Jamie Eldridge in the Senate. This new, streamlined version of the Safe Communities Act would limit state and local participation in federal immigration matters in order to restore community confidence in police, protect basic due process rights, and ensure that police resources are used to fight crime, not separate families.
- The Higher Ed Equity Act, sponsored by Rep. Denise Provost in the House and Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz in the Senate, would ensure that all state residents who graduate from Massachusetts high schools have access to in-state tuition and state financial aid, regardless of immigration status. Two related bills, H.1236, sponsored by Rep. Michael Moran, and S.739, sponsored by Sen. Harriette Chandler, would also expand access to in-state tuition. This legislation could be life-changing for thousands of young people; it is especially urgent right now because thousands of students with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and DACA could lose their status – and thus their eligibility for in-state tuition – as soon as this year.
- Write letters for your community or religious bulletins, newspapers, online groups in support of the legislation; after learning directly from immigrant organizations, organize a small group to meet or call your state rep.
6. Learn more about pro-immigrant anti-white nationalist candidates to support:
7. Activists and community leaders to follow and #Repost on your social channels and stay involved:
- Read more from Stosh Cutler
- Follow Cristina Jiménez on Twitter
- Follow IfNotNow on Twitter
- Post a sign with immigrant art