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This Week in Links: 5.4.15

Tucker Searches for Misplaced Standards

4 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Raising the Minimum Wage

Why So Many Americans Feel So Powerless

Are Immigrants a Shot in the Arm for the Local Economy?

A Partial Solution to Income Inequality

The Political Roots of Widening Inequality

Nonviolence as Compliance

Baltimore facts and a message from ‘The Wire’ creator David Simon

Two States of Emergency in Baltimore

The Long Fuse Behind the Violence in Baltimore

The Truth Behind the Protests: What Traditional Media Never Shows

How drunk sports fans helped spark Saturday night’s post-protest violence

WSJ: Fordham’s Four Kinds of Wrong

Why Baltimore Burned

The Absence of Legitimate Authority in Baltimore

Rise of the Fragmented City

‘Rough Rides’ and the Challenges of Improving Police Culture

What to Say When the Police Tell You to Stop Filming Them

The deal with that post-racial society

Why — and How — Baltimore Jews Must Act Now

Income Inequality Is Costing the US on Social Issues

Goodbye to Freddie Gray, and Goodbye to Quietly Accepting Injustice

In Baltimore, We’re All Freddie Gray

The Dominant White Response to Baltimore Shows Why Black Residents are Justified in their Anger

The Roots of Poverty Are Many and Deep

Americans Think the Middle Class Is Shrinking

Most Baltimore Police Officers Live Outside The City

School Was Closed, But This Baltimore Dad Had An Amazing Lesson For His Son

Protester Schools MSNBC Anchor About Media Coverage Of Baltimore Riots

7 Facts Everyone Needs to Know to Understand What’s Happening in Baltimore

If One More White Person Asks Me to Condemn the Baltimore Riots…

Why is America celebrating the beating of a black child?

Violence in Baltimore

Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid

How Cameras Provide Hard Evidence of Prejudice

Baltimore is not Ferguson

Egypt gets a revolution, Baltimore a riot: Why hasn’t radical empathy started at home?

Dear white Facebook friends: I need you to respect what Black America is feeling right now

Grey’s Anatomy Star, In Heartfelt Twitter Essay, Perfectly Shuts Down Baltimore Critics (TWEETS)

How Baltimore’s Curfew Is Throwing Off the Night Shift

1968 and the Invention of the American Police State

After Nearly a Century, Redlining Still Divides Baltimore

Yong Zhao at NPE: Must See Video

6 Shocking Facts About Poverty in Baltimore

Black Culture Is Not the Problem

Ask CityLab: Why Can’t I Recycle a Pizza Box?

How Did You Turn the Tables on MLK Day?

Pardon us while we kvell for a minute here, but MLK Day weekend was completely awesome. All over the country, people spent the day showing up and pitching in – volunteering in their communities to celebrate the legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Repair the World was no exception. Our Turn the Tables campaign inspired more than 120 hosts and 1,000 guests to sit down for a Shabbat dinner to discuss racial injustices and civil rights. Meanwhile, it gave 700 volunteers an opportunity to plug into meaningful service projects across our five partner communities (Detroit, New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh) and beyond.

Added up, that’s a lot of great minds and even more capable hands, coming together to stand up for justice and strong communities. As participant Rebecca Haskell in Oakland, California commented, “Turn the Tables provided time and space for people to broach a subject that we otherwise wouldn’t and talk about our thoughts, questions, and concerns.” We can’t think of a better way to honor Dr. King’s life and work.

If you joined in one of Repair the World’s Turn the Tables events (or if you did something else amazing to celebrate MLK Day), we want to hear from you! Leave us a comment below, or tweet us @repairtheworld.

Ritual, Repaired.

By Repair the World Fellow Amalia Mark

As a fellow with Repair the World, I understand that communities must organize within, and systemic change can only occur from an outgrowth of community members seeking and maintaining change. Yet, I struggle with this idea as someone who believes deeply in the presence of women’s inclusion and leadership within Orthodox Judaism. I am caught up in a constant conflict: it is not my place in non-receptive communities to push forward an agenda of women’s involvement and equality. On the other hand, I cannot stand idly by while women are divorced from commonplace Jewish ritual that men are given ownership over in most Orthodox settings.

Much of my life has been spent in a synagogue. I invite you to walk with me through an average Shabbat morning at my family’s orthodox synagogue.

This is the community I was raised in and the walls I have lived behind.
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Reflection & MLK Day

By Repair the World Fellow Emily Benoit

On Martin Luther King (MLK) days in previous years I spent my time participating in service projects with local organizations to build community parks, work in soup kitchens, and do direct service.

However, working with Repair The World (RTW) and on the Civic Works Community Lot Team, I experienced my first reflective MLK day. During this time, my team and I discussed our experiences with the Civil Rights Movement and reflected on the meaning and impact of our direct service work. Together, we viewed “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1985.”  The first portion of the PBS documentary explored the stories of Emmett Till and The Montgomery Bus Boycott as well as interviewed important Civil Rights individuals and organizers.
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MLK Day in Baltimore

By Repair the World Fellow Ariel Nathan

What a weekend! I began the weekend at Oheb Shalom, a Reform Jewish congregation in Park Heights (a fairly Jewish suburb of Baltimore City). Oheb Shalom has a thirteen-year partnership with Bethel AME Church (the AME stands for African Methodist Episcopal). Each year on MLK weekend Church members attend Kabbalat Shabbat services at Oheb Shalom and on Sunday Morning synagogue members attend Bethel’s morning mass. Friday night services were awesome! The two choirs joined together and sang, but the best part was when the Bethel choir sang on their own. Their voices were gorgeous, the musicians were excellent, everything about it was beautiful and it absolutely gave me chills.
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J-Serve and Repair the World Team Up to Offer Education Grants

Are you involved with a great J-Serve project that is helping to address education challenges (like literacy rates, math deficiency, and mentorship) in your community? Or do you have an awesome project idea in mind? Now’s your chance to get your idea off the ground: J-Serve (The International Day of Jewish Youth Service) and Repair the World have teamed up to offer micro-grants for creative, volunteer-focused programs supporting education and child development.

The micro-grants will range from $500-$1000 and fund J-Serve projects across the country that help to solve the problem of education inequality. (Preference will be given to programs in New York, Detroit, Baltimore and San Francisco, but all are encouraged to apply.) Sample programs might include:

  • Starting a book drive and then creating flashcards based on key vocabulary for the books that were received, packing them together as a kit for local elementary school students
  • Gathering college alumni from your local BBYO chapter to give tours of their college campus to local youth. Follow up by hosting a college prep workshop for the community!
  • Rallying your friends and community to start a peer-to-peer mentoring program.
  • Working with a local preschool to create playground graphics on the blacktop to teach letters, numbers, colors, etc. to their students.

Applications will be accepted each month on the last day of the month (i.e. Nov 30, Dec 31, Jan 31 and Feb 28), 2013. So get excited, get some friends and volunteers together, and apply! Click here to download the application. And for more information, contact campaigns[@]www.werepair.org.

Repair at The GA

Ilana Gatoff and Laura Kassen, our AVODAH Corp members

The Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly is a premier Jewish communal event attracting over 3,500 influential decision-makers, prominent leaders, and Jewish youth from around the world…so of course we had to be there too!

Repair the World will be represented at the GA in Baltimore next week, and we’re so excited to share the experience with you. Repair the World’s booth will be staffed by our dedicated AVODAH Corps members and members of our staff. Not only will they be on hand to provide information and answer any questions about Repair, but they will also give visitors a special first-look at our upcoming Read.Write.Repair. campaign! A visit to our table will also ensure you’re not left empty-handed – we’ll be giving away pins, stickers, postcards, and offering a chance to win some of our awesome t-shirts!

The GA has always been a hub of service-oriented ideas and development, but in recent years, a greater focus has also been placed on reaching out to young people as part of The Jewish Federation’s broader look to the future. The programs are designed to cover learning, sharing and building ideas to bring home to your community. Whether you want to find out how to raise money in this challenging economy, better use digital media to connect with communities, or learn how to encourage innovation and philanthropy, there are workshops and speakers present to teach you.

The scope of speakers and representatives at the GA is huge, and we’re thrilled that a couple of key members of the Repair family will be involved. One of the speakers from the Repair team is our consultant Dana Talmi, who founded Yahel – Israel Service Learning. In addition, Repair Fellow Jesse Rabinowitz will be in attendance and representing the University of Maryland Hillel, providing a student’s perspective to panel attendees. Both Dana and Jesse will be on the “Volunteering and Tikun Olam: Who is the Beneficiary?” panel on Monday, November 12 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm. This panel is sure to be a highlight of the conference! Panelists will present an in-depth look at service through a unique lens focusing on creating a meaningful experience for the volunteer vs. maximizing impact on the beneficiaries.

We are in the final stages of prepping our booth and getting our team ready for the conference, and we hope to see you there. If you can’t make it to Baltimore no worries, we’ll bring the booth to you! Follow us @RepairTheWorld (official hashtag #JFNAGA) where our staff will be live-tweeting from the conference. We’ll show you pics of our booth, give you a chance to win some of our fantastic SWAG, and share tidbits about new opportunities as we discover them!