Our CJJ-West chapter is based in the Asheville area, but we extend to all 17 counties across the mountains, and we'd love to organize with you! Please fill out this form to get involved. CJJ-W collaborates with local organizations dedicated to racial justice, voting rights, reproductive rights, affordable housing and other local initiatives. To find out more and get involved, please contact Lisa Forehand,and be sure to follow CJJ-West on Facebook to stay up to date on our latest events.
Reproductive Justice—We support full abortion access and reproductive healthcare by:
Amplifying our partner calls to action;
Adding the Jewish faith perspective to the statewide discussion around abortion access;
Making the case for businesses to adopt abortion access resolution because it results in economic benefit;
Supporting the statewide efforts to promote reproductive justice.
Racial Justice — We seek to improve racial harmony and fair treatment by:
Serving on the Racial Justice Coalition as a founding member;
Joining reparations efforts to build generational wealth for families of color;
Addressing police violence and injustice in our criminal legal system;
Building community awareness and support for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurship;
Promoting efforts to preserve local BIPOC history and culture;
Supporting initiatives led by people of color;
Raising awareness of the legacy of white privilege and systemic racism.
Voting & Democracy Rights — We empower individuals to exercise their right to vote by:
Supporting fair redistricting to make candidates responsive to the electorate;
Educating voters about the issues and the voting process;
Registering voters and getting to the polls;
Encouraging people to be civically engaged in government, fighting for social justice issues and having our elected officials be responsive to all, especially those most impacted by the lack of social justice.
Respect for All — We aim to create a culture of respect and inclusion by:
Combating antisemitism and all forms of ethnic, religious, and racial bigotry;
Expanding interfaith dialogue;
promoting affordable housing for our neighbors struggling with housing insecurity;
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