FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Friday, June 26, 2020
Media Contact: Aaron Welcher, Communications Coordinator, Indianapolis JCRC
INDIANA JEWISH COMMUNITY ADOPTS PRINCIPLES ON RACIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY
LAUNCHING BROAD RACIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE ACROSS THE STATE
INDIANAPOLIS, IN: Jewish organizations across the State of Indiana add their names to the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) Principles on Racial Justice and Equity. In doing so, Jewish communities throughout Indiana are unequivocally recommitting to engaging in the hard work of pursuing racial justice in our communities, cities, state, and country.
The Jewish community has a long history of engaging in the fight for civil rights and advocating for equal justice for all. These Principles serve as a renewed call to proactively and intentionally address the systemic racism that targets the Black community and other communities of color every day in nearly all sectors of society. The Jewish community knows the danger of staying silent in the face of discrimination. Being an ally in the fight for justice means addressing these systems wherever they appear, including within our own institutions. With this in mind, the adoption of these Principles will launch a larger community-wide Racial Justice Initiative that will not only include advocacy work in the halls of government and relationship building with members of the Black community, but also education, introspection, and experiential learning within our Jewish community’s agencies, organizations, and congregations.
Lindsey Mintz, Executive Director of the JCRC, shared the following, “We deplore the fact that racism has been woven into the very fabric of American society, from before our founding as a country to today. It is long past time for the ideals and promises of America to actually be accessible for all those living within our borders. By adding their name to these Principles of Racial Justice & Equity, Jewish organizations throughout Indiana are signifying their commitment to helping to eradicate systemic racism, build equitable communities, and pursue justice for all.”
For the list of signatories and the full text of the Principles on Racial Justice and Equity please visit here.