RABBI DEBRA KOLODNY

AS THE SPIRIT MOVES US

Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 3/27/19

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019

Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 3/27/19

This week we have the opportunity to show up against hate in our city, support workers organizing at Reed College and join IMIrJ for their monthly vigil at the I.C.E. headquarters building!

It is wonderful to be on this path with you. As we see victories in Salem it is also wonderful to see many opportunities to lift our moral voices at home too.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday April 16 at our Interfaith service at Grant Park Church, 2728 NE 34th.  What better time to gather than the week before the holy convergence of Passover, Easter and Lailat al Bara’ah. We are growing together in faith and in strength. See you there!Thanks and so many blessings,
Rabbi Debra Kolodny for the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance


Use Portland United Against Hate’s Tool to Report Hate/Bias Incidents!

If you  you have experienced or witnessed a hate/bias incident you can report it to Portland United Against Hate by clicking here!

This tool records voluntarily reported acts of hate in the City of Portland to track all hate incidents regardless of criminality.  The very communities most likely to be targets of hate violence are also least likely to report their experiences to law enforcement. Undercounting of hate crimes can therefore create the impression that all is well.

Concerned communities define and experience hate as any incident that targets an individual/group based on their age, color, religion, disability (physical or mental), race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and so on. The perpetrator of the incident can be an individual, organization, government agency etc.

Examples include:

  • A person is verbally harassed for being presumed to be from another country.
  • A poster is displayed that singles out a racial or ethnic group to intimidate.
  • A person shouts an offensive name at you while you’re walking down the street.
  • A teacher intentionally ridicules another person for the pronouns that person uses.
  • A wall is de-faced with anti-Semitic messaging or Islamophobic flyers.

This list is not all encompassing. If you believe you have experienced or witnessed a hate/ bias incident you can report it to www.reporthatepdx.com.

This tool’s ability to affect change increases exponentially if everyone knows about it! Please share with your family, friends, congregations, colleagues, students, teachers, and communities!


Support Organizing CSO’s at Reed College

Click here to sign the petition to ask Reed College to recognize and work with the Community Safety Officers’ union SEIU Local 49! Students, Alumni, Reed employees, and our community are uniting for workers’ rights on campus. No delays!

While there is no need to add a note, it helps when you do, especially if you are a clergy or lay faith leader. Feel free to use any of the language I wrote: “As a rabbi, lawyer and supporter of alternatives to policing, I support the CSO’s and their right to self determination regarding establishing a union. Please honor their unanimous decision on this matter.”


Join IMIrJ at the I.C.E. Headquarters Building for the “Last Thursday Witness” Vigil!

Thursday March 28
10:00am – 11:00am
Portland I.C.E. Building/Headquarters
4310 Southwest Macadam Avenue
Portland, OR, 97239
Tomorrow’s vigil will be hosted by folks who were part of the Oregon delegation to the San Diego-Tijuana border in December. They went as part of the action called by American Friends Service Committee, “Love Knows No Borders”.Tomorrow’s vigil will particularly highlight that love knows no borders extends from the actual border to our community (and all communities) being affected by ICE actions. We will hear the words of a family impacted by an arrest by ICE as the parent took his young child to school. We will bring to light that ICE is violating sensitive spaces in our community.

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