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The Social Justice Network is committed to immigration justice this year. Throughout the past year, we protested at the Homestead Child Detention Center. 

Although the for- profit detention center has been temporarily emptied of children, the campaign to close the for-profit Detention Center of migrant children in Homestead and to #endchilddetention continues. There are already plans to repopulate Homestead’s Child Detention Center as early as mid-October with children separated from parents or adult guardians at the border. We will continue to show up in broad and diverse coalition with our partners and campaign to Shut Down Homestead, and #closethecamps throughout the country. 

Together, we can end this horrific practice and restore compassion and humanity to our immigration system. Email Rabbi Bair to receive action updates by email. 

Over 100 TBS members witnessed and rallied at the Homestead Child Detention Center.

Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

Gun violence prevention has been a social action priority for the URJ for decades. Gun violence remains a public health and safety issue with100 deaths daily, almost two-thirds of which are suicides. Rabbi Pomerantz constituted the task force two years ago with a threefold agenda: Education—to provide the congregation with evidence-based information regarding the issue; Advocacy—to provide information regarding pending gun legislation; Community Engagement—to partner with local partners to end gun violence. We welcome new members to our task force. 

Contact: Larry and/or Hillary

 

Upcoming Events

  • Temple Beth Sholom Leadership meetings: Join with others who want to make a difference and are interested in participating in community grassroots change. Contact Rabbi Davis for more information.

Justice for All

As a Reform Jewish community, we support “justice for all” and we acknowledge that we all share responsibility to speak out against injustice and not stand idly by.  Temple Beth Sholom has joined a broad coalition of organizations, including the NAACP, ACLU, New Florida Majority, Equality Florida and others, who are committed to fighting against systemic racism and police brutality.  

This group is asking county elected office seekers for their endorsement of an independent civilian police oversight committee.

A change.org petition asking the Mayor and 13 Miami-Dade Commissioners to implement, fully fund and support effective civilian oversight for the County has gone live at: https://www.change.org/MDPDoversight

As the petition explains, the model we are proposing for Miami-Dade County is:

  • 13 panel members, chosen from each County district, after vetting by a nominating committee, plus one non-voting police representative.
  • Professional staff, trained in police procedures, with independent director & independent legal counsel.
  • Secure, adequate funding.
  • Subpoena power, in accordance with law.
  • Available for use/participation by all municipalities in the County.
  • Authorized to investigate complaints against police and review internal affairs decisions.
  • Authorized to conduct alternative dispute resolution to allow complainants and officers to resolve complaints outside the disciplinary process.
  • Authorized to study, review and report on police policies, procedures and patterns of behavior. 

 Let’s support this initiative!  PLEASE IMMEDIATELY SIGN THE PETITION  at https://www.change.org/MDPDoversight

AND SHARE IT!

 

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PACT

Temple Beth Sholom is a proud member of Miami PACT – People Acting for Community Together. PACT is an interfaith social advocacy group that works to make lasting change in the community and to hold leaders accountable.  Their current initiatives are reducing gun violence, immigration reform, and affordable housing. To get involved with PACT, please contact Rabbi Davis.

RAC

Religious Action Center

 

Learn more about the Reform movement’s commitment to tikkun olam by healing the world through advocacy at the Religious Action Center.  For up-to-date information on social justice issues visit the Religious Action Center Urgency Now page.

Wed, July 15 2020 23 Tammuz 5780