‘We stand in solidarity’: What Jewish orgs are saying about George Floyd’s loss of life


Jewish teams are expressing outrage over the loss of life of George Floyd, a black man who died final week after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck till he stopped shifting. The officer has subsequently been charged with second-degree homicide, They’re additionally expressing solidarity with the sweeping nationwide protests which have adopted.

Listed here are excerpts from the statements up to now:

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Truah, a social justice group of rabbis, issued an announcement Could 27, after the primary evening of protests in Minneapolis:

This week, the divine picture is diminished as we mourn the homicide of George Floyd by the hands of the Minneapolis police. That is but another tragic instance of the racist violence too typically perpetuated by cops, who’re charged with defending all of us–not solely a few of us. We once more face the truth that folks of shade in our nation reside in concern that encounters with regulation enforcement will end in critical damage or loss of life.

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We are saying as soon as once more: Black Lives Matter. And we decide to creating a rustic that lives by this assertion.

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, a corporation working with 130 native teams throughout the US, tweeted a picture of two dozen black males, ladies and, in a single case, a toddler who’ve been killed by cops:

The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, related George Floyd’s loss of life to “an explosion of racist murders and hate crimes” throughout the US:

We stand in solidarity with the Black group as they but once more are topic to ache and struggling by the hands of a racist and unjust system. Whereas it’s a mandatory first step within the pathway in the direction of justice that former Officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody yesterday, it’s merely not sufficient. Based mostly on the horrifying cellphone footage that has rightfully outraged People throughout the nation, it’s clear that the three different former officers who participated in Mr. Floyd’s loss of life should be held accountable for their actions to the fullest extent of our authorized system. The Hennepin County District Lawyer and native investigators should do every little thing of their energy to make sure the wheels of justice flip swiftly. As a corporation dedicated to combating all types of hate, we all know that this brutal loss of life follows an explosion of racist murders and hate crimes throughout the U.S. As an company that has stood for justice and truthful therapy to all since our founding in 1913, we all know that this has occurred at a time when communities of shade have been reeling from the disproportionate well being impacts and financial penalties of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Briefly, systemic injustice and inequality requires systemic change. Now.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Spiritual Motion Heart of Reform Judaism, reiterated his group’s dedication to ongoing motion:

The nationwide rage expressed concerning the homicide of Mr. Floyd displays the depth of ache over the injustice that Folks of Coloration – and notably Black males – have been subjected to all through the generations. In latest months now we have seen, but once more, too many devastating examples of persistent systemic racism, resulting in the deaths not solely of Mr. Floyd however of different valuable souls, together with Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

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We bear in mind others earlier than them: Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Trayvon Martin. Sandra Bland. Oscar Grant. Philando Castile. Walter Scott. Terrence Crutcher. Samuel Dubose. Michael Brown. The listing feels countless, and so too is our despair. However as we recite the Mourner’s Kaddish for all of them, we are saying now, once more: We won’t sit idly by.

Our nation merely can’t obtain the values of “justice for all” to which it aspires till we deal with ongoing racism in all sectors and in any respect ranges of society. We stay in solidarity and motion with the NAACP’s urgent #WeAreDoneDying campaign, whose coverage calls for cowl areas of legal justice, financial justice, well being care, and voting, particularly because the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impression Black People.

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A demonstrator protests outdoors the state capitol, Sunday, Could 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the loss of life of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis cops on Could 25. (AP Picture/Julio Cortez)

Keshet, a bunch that advocates for LGBTQ Jews, expressed solidarity with black leaders:

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For the previous two days, the Jewish group noticed Shavuot, a vacation rooted in studying and motion that commemorates when the Jewish folks got the Torah. The Talmud teaches that anybody who destroys one life has destroyed a whole universe. The systemic racism that permits Black folks to be murdered with impunity is destroying our world.

As we work to advance equality and justice for LGBTQ Jews, we take severely the necessity to construct a world through which folks of all races and ethnicities can reside in security; a world through which the our bodies of Black, Brown, Trans, and Queer individuals are handled with dignity and respect. Keshet stands in solidarity with Black leaders – within the Keshet group and past – whose knowledge and insights are instrumental to constructing a simply and equitable future. We vow to voice our outrage and demand justice. #BlackLivesMatter

Sheila Katz, government director of the Nationwide Council of Jewish Girls, mentioned this:

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We won’t stay silent. As a nationwide group made up of over 100,000 advocates in communities across the nation — together with Minnesota — we’re outraged and devastated by the homicide of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd was murdered by a number of cops who held him down with their knees, nevertheless, the underlying reason behind his loss of life is systemic racism. It’s each unacceptable and exhausting that in 2020, we nonetheless have to insist over and over: Black Lives Matter. …

By way of legislative reform, native activism, and by educating NCJW advocates, we are going to ensure that every particular person we interact helps finish the poisonous tradition of racism that permeates our nation. For now, it is very important assist Black and Brown communities and the leaders spearheading the peaceable, anti-racist responses unfolding. Collectively, we are going to ensure that the reminiscence of George Floyd can be for a blessing.

Mazon, a bunch devoted to combating starvation, tweeted a four-part assertion:

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Right here’s what the Jewish Federations of North America mentioned:

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The Rabbinical Meeting, the worldwide affiliation of Conservative and Masorti rabbis, referred to as for sweeping modifications to policing in America:

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We be a part of within the collective name for peace and reflection throughout civil unrest, however perceive that to realize this finish we should act. For these causes, the Rabbinical Meeting calls on legislators on the nationwide, state, and native ranges to essentially change their strategy to regulation enforcement and the justice system in order that they serve and defend all People, no matter race nor ethnicity. We encourage our personal members to succeed in out to different communities, to Jews of Coloration, in addition to to native regulation enforcement to assist lead and form these endeavors throughout the group.

United in objective, we are going to dismantle the systemic racism all too embedded nonetheless inside American regulation enforcement and its justice system. The firing and we hope prosecution of the 4 Minneapolis cops concerned on this one egregious homicide is a mandatory step, but it surely can’t be the one motion in opposition to structural injustices which have plagued generations and proceed to today. We should eternally try for a free and simply society for all folks.

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