Emily Saltzman is a sex-positive social worker who currently supports a team of parent peer-educators that facilitates workshops for other parents on how to talk about sexuality with their children. She is an alum of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. During her corps year, she served as the Community Organizing Coordinator at Gay Men’s Health Crisis. As a former intern and current steering committee member of the Undoing Racism Internship Project, Emily has supported anti-racist efforts through student organizing and co-facilitated workshops on white privilege and allyship.
This piece was inspired by a webinar on “Jews and the Civil Rights Movement” presented by the Jewish Women's Archive in collaboration with AVODAH as part of the AVODAH Alumni network’s distance learning program. It was originally posted on AVODAH's blog on February 5, 2013.
In 2009 I attended a workshop focused on Anti-racist organizing for white folks. The presentation allowed for self-reflection and next steps in our own organizing. At the end of the workshop, we were asked to share who our white social justice role models were. It was shocking, although not surprising, that the majority of the attendees shared that they did not have any white, social justice activists to look up to. I’ve been searching for my answer to this question ever since.