Why organize locally? How does the Montgomery County Government work? Who are the new Councilmembers? What changes are possible with a new Council? Find out answers to all of these questions and more at JUFJ's virtual Montgomery County 101 program, where we'll learn about the basics of local government and how to be effective advocates, and leave you inspired to take action for meaningful change.
Since 2018, JUFJ has been part of the local movement to transform public safety in Montgomery County. Some of the core campaigns of this movement launched in 2020, including a focus on ending the practice of treating Montgomery County Public School students — especially Black and brown students — as criminals. To continue the organizing for decriminalization of young people in schools and drivers in traffic stops, the effort has been renamed as Decriminalize Montgomery County, and you’re invited to the launch party! Join Young People for Progress, JUFJ, and other advocates on Sunday, October 22 at 3:00 PM at Gene Lynch Urban Park in Silver Spring (8410 Colesville Rd) to learn about what we can do together to forge a path towards safer traffic enforcement, a fairer education system, and a community where all residents can live and thrive without criminalization.
This summer, the Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) released an important and heartbreaking report on racial disparities in the school-to-prison pipeline in Montgomery County. Join JUFJ and our partners at Racial Justice NOW! and Young People for Progress to mobilize community presence at the Council Worksession where Dr. Elaine Bonner-Tompkins of the OLO will present the report and discuss its impact with the county council's Public Safety and Education & Culture Committees.
Join JUFJ and our partners for the final council session vote on Bill 32-23. As introduced, this bill would have significantly reduced the power of the Policing Advisory Commission to hold police accountable — but thanks to powerful organizing, the bill was voted out of committee without these harmful provisions. Mobilize with us to show the council we want the bill to pass out of full council without weakening amendments! We will meet at the Montgomery County Council Building at 1 PM ahead of the 1:30 PM full council session.
Join JUFJ and our partners at Racial Justice NOW! and Young People for Progress to mobilize community presence at the Public Safety Committee Worksession about juvenile justice in Montgomery County. This is an indoor, in-person action, for which we recommend wearing a high-quality mask. We will gather in person 30 minutes before the worksession, which starts at 9:30 AM.
Join Adat Shalom for a discussion with Delegate Gabe Acevero (MD D39) about Reparations to Black and Indigenous people, a key social justice topic for Reconstructing Judaism and Reform Judaism. Delegate Acevero is the sponsor of reparations legislation and knowledgeable about the progress other jurisdictions are making to implement similar legislation.
Across the country, including right at home in Montgomery County, the "School to Prison Pipeline" pushes young people from public schools into the criminal legal system. Black, Brown, and disabled students are disproportionately targeted by the school-to-prison pipeline.
Please join our partners in the Silver Spring Justice Coalition and Racial Justice NOW! for a virtual conversation with Dr. Elaine Bonner-Tompkins from the County's Office of Legislative Oversight to discuss a recent report about the School to Prison Pipeline in Montgomery County.
Join JUFJ and our partners for the second of two upcoming budget forums where we'll ask for investment in funds for rent stabilization and restorative justice staffing and implementation! Let us know in the signup form whether you're interested in asking a question or passing out flyers at the event.