Imagining the World to Come

 

What does safety through solidarity look like?

 

What would it take to get there?

What would a world without police, jail, detention, ICE, security, extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance look like? How would that impact our Jewish communities? How can we change our all our communities to make that world more possible? We invite you to think about how this moment of collective struggle with these offerings from our Artist. Academic, and Rabbinical councils.

 

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How can thinking about abolition help us imagine the world to come?

We pose the question: what can Jewish tradition and resources offer to the project of abolition of the prison industrial complex? The notion of abolition implies and demands ending our current system of criminalization and punishment, while producing a new system for...

The history we need for the future we want

Reframing Jewish historical trauma to create a liberatory future By Wendy Elisheva Somerson On the same week that the Seattle police shot and killed Charleena Lyles, an African American pregnant mother of four after she called to report a burglary, the Jewish...

Planet Refugee: Sanctuary Everywhere

by Rachel Ida Buff In their 1991 song, “I hear They Smoke the Barbecue,” David Thomas, Tony Maimone, Eric Drew Feldman and Scott Krauss of the Cleveland band Pere Ubu imagine that “a door in through the Northern pole” has allowed aliens from Mars into our world....

A New World is Possible: A Jewish View on Police/Prison Abolition

Sermon for Yom Kippur 5778 Rabbi Brant Rosen, Tzedek Chicago In 1902, Clarence Darrow delivered a speech to a group of inmates at the Cook County Jail. Never known for mincing his words, he made the following point: There should be no jails. They do not accomplish...