Praying With Our Feet: America’s Journey for Justice [Updated]
Beginning in August, the Reform Movement will join the NAACP on America’s Journey for Justice—an historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C. The Religious Action Center is organizing hundreds of rabbis in partnership with the NAACP for the Journey, which will mobilize activists and advance a focused advocacy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education. The Journey for Justice partnership between the Reform Movement and the NAACP reflects the long history of collaboration between our communities.
Our Movement, through the work of the Religious Action Center and the Rabbis Organizing Rabbis initiative, will be vocal leaders: more than 200 Reform Movement leaders will coordinate walking the distance of the journey. Congregations will come together not just to walk, but to educate and mobilize participants in the many rally days to be held in multiple cities along the way. These marching rabbis will carry the sacred scroll of our Torah, carrying thus the Jewish values that compel us to stand with our neighbors and to fight for racial justice and equality. Read about the marchers’ experiences at rac.org/blog.
Join us in Washington, D.C. for the March Culmination – Sept 15 and 16
With the RAC staff and Reform Movement leadership, participate in an interfaith prayer service and NAACP advocacy training hosted by Washington Hebrew Congregation on September 15th. A rally on Capitol Hill and lobby visits will take place the next day. More information available here.
Can’t participate in person? Join the “virtual march.”
Hear from marchers and Reform Movement rabbis and leaders about their experiences marching with America’s Journey for Justice and the Reform Movement’s racial justice work.
Raise your Voice to Support Voting Rights Today
Whether or not you’re able to join on the Journey for Justice, you can raise your voice today by urging your Senators and Representative to support robust voter protections. We must ensure that all voices in our democracy are heard and the vital protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965—drafted in the historic conference room at the Religious Action Center—are restored.
Participate in the March: State Rallies for Social Justice
Reform Jews are joining with NAACP chapters and others in state rallies along the route for these touchstone events demanding justice. The rallies will take place in each anchor city along the route. If you choose to join, look for the Reform Movement leaders and Rabbis at the rally site. More details are forthcoming as they are finalized, and we will update this post as that information is released.
August 3: State Rally for Economic Equality
August 13: State Rally for Education Reform
August 24: State Rally for Criminal Justice
Columbia, South Carolina
September 3: State Rally for Voting Rights
Raleigh, North Carolina
September 16: Final Rally for Justice and Equality
Do you want to join the March along its 860-mile route?
Click here to learn more about the Journey for Justice, and to register yourself or your community to march.
Update: New Resources!
Educate and program in your community
Learning resources and advocacy materials about voting rights, structural economic injustice, mass incarceration, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement are available for those who are organizing efforts to educate and act in their community. Those who can travel to the march will form relationships on the ground through the experience of shared mobilization; the many who cannot attend will likewise be able to participate in a number of ways that will work to address racial injustice in America.