The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Dismantling Racism Team
CBE’s Dismantling Racism team aims to organize CBE members to employ the tools and strategies of faith based community organizing, and ally with others (across religion, race, class) to fight for and win positive change: to dismantle systemic racism in New York City and State. CBE’s Dismantling Racism Team aims to organize the larger congregation to bring about positive substantive change in an area where racism now lies.
Community Contact Information
Congregation Beth Elohim
● Research campaigns and choose winnable campaign to work on,
● Establish relationship with community partner,
● Engage a leadership team of CBE members,
● Develop the social justice leadership capacity of team,
● Engage the larger congregation,
● Lay groundwork for ongoing organizing work by developing leaders, building relationships within CBE and with partners
Congregation Beth Elohim hosts race in America Book Series in which 170 congregants read 4 core texts on racism and attended monthly discussions about each book
Building on the book series, 45 of these participants, interested in further organizing to act, gather and commit to acting together
Dismantling Racism Team (DRT) is born. Leaders of our team research campaigns and meet face to face with eight potential partner organizations. Team meetings continue every two weeks
Rosh Hashanah 2016
Rabbi Timoner delivers sermon on racial justice
DRT leaders decide to organize around the Raise the Age (RTA) Campaign, partnering with the RTA coalition and other supporting organizations
CBE DRT holds action to educate congregational leaders about the issue with 160 participants
DRT leaders organized CBE participation day in Lobby Day in Albany, and partnered with CCC in training CBE participants to lobby legislators effectively
CBE teens collect over 1,000 letters from their peers to the Governor asking him to ensure Raise the Age is in this year’s budget
DRT co-organizes action with Central Synagogue and other faith and community allies from across the city with Governor Cuomo. 1,200 people attend (220 from CBE). Severl DRT leaders have key roles in this action, including rabbi, lay leaders and our teens.
Governor, Senate and Assembly sign RTA Bill. Victory!
Team meets to plan strategy for broader outreach within CBE to further build our leadership team, and power for work, partnership and action.
CBE community-wide celebration of Raise the Age victory
DRT screening of I Am Not Your Negro and small group discussions about the history and persistence of racism in the US.