Minyan Tzedek Community Organizing


Minyan Tzedek Community Organizing: finding hope as we build a more just society.  


Rabbi Brous calls us to reclaim “the moral heart of our tradition.” We bring the IKAR community together to fight for social justice, inspired by Torah.

Join us for our Monthly Community Organizing meetings on the third Tuesday evening of every month to learn how you can participate in our organizing campaigns.


Our next meeting will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, August 18, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. We will be discussing the book When They Call You A Terrorist, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele. Email [email protected] for more details or to RSVP.


CAMPAIGNS


Campaign to Address Systemic Racism

We have been fighting against systemic racism since our inception. We continue to work with our partners at LA Voice towards a more just and ethical society. Currently, we are working to reimagine public safety in our city and state, by working with our elected leaders toward a moral budget that redirects funds away from police to social services in underserved communities.


Campaign to Get out the Vote

We are partnering with IKAR’s Green Action, LA Voice, and the Environmental Voter Project to get out the vote this year.  We held a training during our July meeting, and you can still participate by writing to us. As part of the effort, we will be working to pass certain measures and propositions that will be on the November ballot, including Proposition 15, Schools and Communities First, a ballot measure that will change how corporate property tax is assessed in California, close much-abused loopholes, and potentially bring billions of dollars into education and other important services that our communities urgently need. 

Campaign for Bridge and Supportive/Affordable Housing for those experiencing homelessness

We are partnering with with LA Voice and Everyone In to address housing issues in LA.

Campaigns for Criminal Justice Reform

We recently helped pass AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives, which restricts when police can use deadly force. We are currently working to DEFEAT California Proposition 20, which would roll back hard-won reforms that decreased California’s prison population, especially among juveniles and non-violent drug offenders, and to DEFEAT Proposition 25, which would overturn a state law outlawing money bail. We believe that mass incarceration is immoral and that no one should be imprisoned for the crime of being poor.


KNOW YOUR REPS MEETINGS


Hosting our elected representatives for Shabbat Services and discussions lets them know who we are and the values we share, and helps make our voices heard from City Hall, to Sacramento, to Capitol Hill. Guests have included: Congressman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressman Ted Lieu, City Attorney Mike Feuer, State Senator Ben Allen, State Senator Holly Mitchell, among many others.

Currently, we are hosting Zoom meetings with our local and state representatives to encourage them to embrace a moral budget. Check out our calendar for upcoming Zoom meetings and Know your Reps sessions. You can also find out if upcoming reps are your representatives by checking the “Know Your Reps” card you got in your IKARd or clicking here.

Here are links to recent Know Your Reps conversations:

Know Your Reps with CA State Senator Holly Mitchell

Know Your Reps with CA State Senator Ben Allen

Know Your Reps with Los Angeles City Council Member David Ryu

THE EDUCATED ACTIVIST


We believe that the best activists are those who are educated about issues. Periodically, we read important books and host discussions with authors after services during lunch. Our next book is When they Call You a Terrorist, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele. 

See our list of social justice readings & discussions


Read a brief history of community organizing at IKAR.


JOIN OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS


IKAR Community Organizing meets every third Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Currently, we are hosting these meetings on Zoom. To join in, or to get on our email list, email Marty and Brianna at [email protected]