Activism

JWA Spotlights Jewish Women's Activism

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Like all large groups of people, American Jews are complex and irreducible despite some aspects of shared culture. Recently, the Jewish Women’s Archive made an interesting choice to focus a new curriculum on Jewish involvement in the labor and civil rights movements — without cheerleading or focusing solely on women’s involvement — thereby shining a probing light on that very complexity.

Building a new social safety net: Sara Horowitz and the Freelancers Union

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In 1909, Jewish women revolutionized the American labor movement. Before the huge garment industry strike known as the “Uprising of the 20,000,” union leaders saw women workers as irrelevant to the labor movement because they did not fit into the model of the traditional male union member. But these garment workers, many of them young Jewish women, proved that women could, in fact, organize effectively and challenge working conditions, and in doing so, they expanded the definition of worker and union member.

Understanding the Past, Imagining the Future

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Marilyn Sneiderman organizing with labor sign

Images and scenes etched in the minds of generations of Jewish activists--immigrant workers marching, sitting in, and striking; tear gas filling the air as riot police attack, beat and arrest union protesters; and battles with gangsters to free unions of mob domination. Freedom rides across the South, rabbis and religious leaders arrested in protests, and a generation of Jews--rank and file workers, organizers, and emerging leaders--swept up and inspired by a movement to win economic, racial, and social justice.

This is not about women playing dance. It’s about revolution.

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"Woman Wind"

The most courageous fourteen year old girl I have ever set eyes on, Malala Yousafzai, was shot in the head for her advocacy of education for women and I am spending my time organizing a flash mob o

Interview with Mary Glickman (Part II)

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Mary Glickman is a writer, public relations professional, and fundraiser who has worked with Jewish charities and organizations.

Helène Aylon: Artist, Ecofeminist, Author

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Helene Aylon Projection and Crowd

The room was filled with an open, excited energy.

Interview with Mary Glickman: Enthralling Author, Charming Mensch (Part I)

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Home in the Morning by M. Glickman
One More River by M. Glickman

Mary Glickman is a writer, public relations professional, and fundraiser who has worked with Jewish charities and organizations.

What’s in a name? Finding Solidarity in a Young Jew’s Herstory

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Erica Concors speaking at Justice for Janitors
Moishe Kavod Justice for Janitors Group

Yesterday, as Yom Kippur approached, social justice organizers and progressive Jews gathered in downtown Boston to not only "remember" often underseen and undervalued laborers but also to stand

What's With All The Teacher Hate?

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Chicago Teacher's Strike

Sarah Seltzer, contributing writer to the The Sisterhood, shares her thoughts on education, class, gender, unions, and workers' rights.

Climb Every Mountain

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Couch and Mountain

I am starting a new tradition, right here, right now.

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