Both in her activism and in her writing, Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz offered Jews new ways to think about and fight racism. Kaye/Kantriwitz began working with the Harlem Education Project in the early 1960s Civil Rights Movement at the age of seventeen. In 1990, she cofounded Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, which fights unfair employment practices for domestic and restaurant workers, police profiling, and Islamophobia in America. The organization focuses on changing legislation and business practices over dialogue, and pushes its participants to consider racism in terms of all races in America, including Asians and Hispanics, who are often left out of discussions of race. Kaye/Kantrowitz directed the Queens College Worker Education Extension Center until 2004, and currently teaches urban studies at Queens College. She has written extensively on Judaism, racism and feminism, with works including The Issue Is Power: Essays on Women, Jews, Violence, and Resistance and The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women’s Anthology. She co-founded Beyond the Pale: The Progressive Jewish Radio Hour, and continues to speak and write on the multiracial Jewish community, radical Jewish history, African American-Jewish relations, racism, anti-Semitism, and class issues.
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