As North Carolinians and as Jews, we are committed to welcoming all who seek the same promise of safety and prosperity that first drew many of our own ancestors to this land.
One of our core guiding principles at CJJ is V’ahavta L’reacha Kamocha (love your neighbor as yourself). Living into this value compels us to advocate for immigrant and refugee justice, because every person, no matter what we look like or where we come from, deserves to live with freedom, safety, and belonging.
Here in North Carolina, we work with partners like Siembra NC, El Vínculo Hispano / The Hispanic Liaison, CIMA, and Communidad Colectiva; we also work closely with HIAS, both locally and nationally. Please join us in taking action today:
- Pledge Your Check: If you are able to survive right now on your salary or on accumulated savings, please pledge to contribute all or part of your COVID-19 stimulus check to those in our community who are struggling to make it through this pandemic with very few resources and not enough support.
- Stop Anti-Immigrant Laws: Contact your legislators TODAY and tell them to vote against SB 101, which would require local officials to check the immigration status of anyone booked in a county jail and cooperate in making ICE detentions.
- Welcome Refugees: Ask your Member of Congress to urge the Biden administration to officially raise refugee admissions for 2021.
Many of those in our movement are Jewish people whose ancestors faced conditions disturbingly similar to what we are seeing today at the border and in detention centers around the country. We know from our own history what happens when a government targets, dehumanizes, and strips an entire group of people of their civil and human rights. We will never let anything like the Nazi Holocaust happen again.
- CJJ Community Organizer Brandon Mond and
Roxana Bendezú, Executive Director of Migrant Roots Media,
in a co-authored op-ed published in the Burlington Times
Photograph by Anthony Crider