Jewish Community Relations Councilof San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties


Racial Justice: Learning for Change is a year-long campaign for JCRC members and member organizations across the Bay Area. We need you! Come learn from the most noted policy experts, advocates, and social service providers about the national and local issues of racial equality.  We’ll be live polling to learn what you believe and how you envision change. This will inform the positions we take and the advocacy work we do on these issues.

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Race and Education - San Rafael (September 27, 2016)

Panelists: Natalie Wheatfall, Policy Analyst, The Education Trust - West; Kevin Kumashiro, Ph.D., Dean of School of Education at the University of San Francisco; and Dr. Michael Watenpaugh, Superintendent, San Rafael City Schools.
Moderator: Jessica Trubowitch, JCRC Public Policy and Community Building Director.

Race and Voting Rights - Lafayette (September 20, 2016)

Presenters: Mindy Romero, Founder and Director, California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, and Abdi Soltani, Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California
Moderator: Ilana Kaufman, JCRC PACE Director, East Bay

Race and Education - Peninsula (June 2, 2016)

Presenters: Eva Paterson, President and Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society; Ryan Smith, Executive Director, The Education Trust—West; and Sheryl Davis, Founding Director, Mo'MAGIC
Moderator: Ilana Kaufman, JCRC PACE Director, East Bay

Race and the Law - Oakland (April 7, 2016)

Presenters: Alison Bernstein,Criminal Defense Attorney, Office of the State Public Defender; Abdi Soltani, Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California; and David Muhammad, National Justice Partner, Impact Justice.
Moderator: Ilana Kaufman, JCRC PACE Director, East Bay.

Race and the Law - San Francisco (March 15, 2016)

Presenters:  Lateefah Simon, Program Director, Rosenberg Foundation; Jeff Adachi, Public Defender, San Francisco; and Jack Glaser, Professor and Associate Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
Moderator: Paul Henderson, Deputy Chief of Staff & Public Safety Director, San Francisco.


Jewish Engagement

Building the Field for Jews of Color (eJewishPhilanthropy)
Why Economic Justice is an Existential Issue for American Jews (Tablet)
Four Reasons To Re-engage In The Civil Rights Movement (The Jewish Week)
How the Jewish Community Can Be a Better Ally to Black Lives Matter (Haartz)
Addressing Racial Bias is a Form of Jewish Engagement (eJewish Philanthropy)
Four Questions on Racial Justice (Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism)
The Intersection of Jewish Identity, Whiteness, and White Privilege (Jewish Funders Network)
Beyond the Color Line: Jews, Blacks, and the American Racial Imagination (In Geveb, a Journal of Yiddish Studies)
Who Counts? Race and the Jewish Future (ELI Talks)
Waking Up and Showing Up for our Jewish Youth of Color – Because our Community is at Stake (eJewish Philanthropy)
Time to look within: Some thoughts about racial diversity within the Jewish community (JCRC Frontlines blog)
Resources for Embracing Racial Diversity in Our Jewish Communities (URJ Religious Action Center)

Learning for Change

Black Power, Jewish Politics Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s (Brandeis University Press)
Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys (New York Times)
One Weird Trick for Being an Ally on the Internet (Jewish Women's Archive)
Black lives, black voices (San Francisco Chronicle)
Black Rage-White Fear = White Rage-Black Fear (Equal Justice Society)
The Grief That White Americans Can’t Share (New York Times)
The Loneliness of Being Black in San Francisco (New York Times)
Racial Disparities in Childbirth (Evidence Based Birth)
Exploiting black labor after the abolition of slavery (The Conversation)

Race and Education

60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, how racially balanced are America’s public schools? (The Brookings Institute)
Let Her Learn: A Toolkit to Stop School Push Out for Girls of Color (National Women's Law Center)
How the Stress of Racism Affects Learning (Atlantic Monthly)
Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem (NPR)
Black and Brown Boys Don’t Need to Learn Grit; They Need Schools to Stop Being Racist (The Root)
The Problem We All Live With (This American Life)

Race and the Law

Black people in San Francisco treated unfairly starting at booking stage: study (KTVU)
SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi Talks Immigration, Police Shootings and His New Documentary (KQED Forum)
Policing the Police: Reforming American Law Enforcement (Commonwealth Club)
A Plea to End Racial Bias: A Mom’s Response to Police Violence in Our Cities (San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association SPUR)
Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Fairness, and Accountability in Law Enforcement (San Francisco District Attorney's Office)

Race and Voting Rights

The voting rights manifesto: a state-by-state plan to defend democracy (Vox)
Nitzavim: Standing Up for Voter Protection and Participation (RAC)
The Success of the Voter Fraud Myth (New York Times)


Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s
The Evolution of the Juvenile Court: Race, Politics, and the Criminalizing of Juvenile Justice
The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander