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We are thrilled and honored to announce that JCA has been recognized in the inaugural Midwest Edition of the Slingshot guide.

Posted on Apr 04, 2014 by Gabe Kravitz

“This American Life”, one of my favorite public media shows, recently aired an episode called “House Rules” and it sang to me.  If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the entire podcast or read the transcript, it’s a must. Featuring ProPublica journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, the hour-long show takes listeners through the story of how race and zip code have been used to determine access to opportunity in America, and still are today.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 by Emily Mininsohn

Although I've been inside the Minnesota State Capitol many times - even had the opportunity to speak at press conferences and rallies there in 2013 as I fought for my home after foreclosure and as we fought to get the Home Owners Bill of Rights passed, never had I ever really seen the place until JCA sponsored the "Power Tour" in February.

Posted on Mar 06, 2014 by Rachel English

Whenever C-SPAN came up as I flipped through channels as a child, it looked so…boring! Old white men in gray suits talking into microphones. But last week, in person, in Senate Office Building Room 5, with its rows of observer chairs flanking the central circle where the legislators presided, I felt like I was watching a spectator sport. A blow from the pro side, a parry from the anti, a left jab, then a right.

Posted on Feb 06, 2014 by Emily Mininsohn

Since joining JCA’s staff in mid-January, I’ve been spending lots of time getting to know the organization’s culture, work, and core values. It was lucky and fitting then that the first event I attended as a staff member was one that illustrated beautifully what JCA values and strives for. At A Conversation with Minnesota Legislators, I witnessed excellent collaborative organizing in action and met many passionate and engaged activists from our community.

JCA staffer Ari Kiener reflects on this past Sunday's Annual Meeting and Member Celebration, and calls on all JCA supporters to get more involved in our work, if not every day than at least for one (hint hint: Give to the Max Day is on November 14!).

Tomorrow, Friday, October 4, the Minneapolis City Council will vote on a Responsible Banking Ordinance that, if passed, would create greater transparency and accountability in how the city deposits tax-payers' money. Read a powerful argument in support of this ordinance, and learn how you can make sure the legislation passes!

Thank you to the JCA members and partners who joined us for yesterday's important hearings on responsible banking! For more information on JCA's work on this issue, and the significance of yesterday's progress, read JCA Board Chair Andrea Rubenstein's testimony from the Minneapolis City Council Ways and Means Committee public hearing.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 by

At Jewish Community Action, our mission is to organize the progressive Jewish community of Minnesota to take action on social and economic justice issues across our state. And this past Sunday, our staff and board had the opportunity to share notes with a progressive Jew fighting for justice at the federal level: U.S. Senator Al Franken.

In this article from Tikkun, Amy Dean discusses alternative community groups springing up across the country, and suggests that Conservative and Reform Judaism, as well as the labor movement, might learn a thing or two from them.

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