BLACK AND JEWISH PARTNERSHIP FOR DEMOCRACY

About

Welcome to the Black and Jewish Partnership for Democracy: Rooted in History, Mobilizing for Progress. Together, Black Voters Matter and the Workers Circle merge their rich histories as allies in the fight for justice and equality in the United States.

Black Voters Matter is a national organization dedicated to expanding Black voter engagement and increasing progressive power. The Workers Circle cultivates a proudly progressive, diverse, and inclusive community rooted in Jewish culture and social action.

Together, we stand as a testament to the enduring power of solidarity, committed to confronting and dismantling the challenges of racism and inequality. Join us in building a more just and equitable society, drawing strength from the unity between Black and Jewish communities.

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Florida

We’re talking with voters about the issues they care about and mobilizing voters of color to the polls in the face of voter suppression.

Selma

We’re gathering in Selma in March 2024 for a deep-dive into voting rights history and current challenges today. We’re co-hosting a college student summit where young people will be equipped with the skills to shape our nation’s multiracial, democratic future.

National

We’re speaking out together and forging grassroots democracy circles to help you take action and learn about the issues wherever you are. and forging grassroots democracy circles to help you take action and learn about the issues wherever you are.

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Partnership History

Firmly in step with a long history of solidarity between Black and Jewish organizing in the struggle for social change across the country, the partnership of Black Voters Matter with the Workers Circle presents a bold new front in the current battle to affirm the rights of every citizen to full participation in our democracy.

Since the fall of 2021, the Workers Circle and Black Voters Matter have been working shoulder-to-shoulder in the ongoing fight to establish a truly multiracial democracy in the United States.

Our collective efforts have empowered citizens both outside and within the halls of power in DC, influencing positions from President Biden to Members of Congress.

Timeline

2022
Remaking American Democracy: The Ballot and Beyond
Remaking American Democracy: The Ballot and Beyond

Remaking American Democracy, a virtual event co-sponsored by 43 democracy, civil rights, and Jewish organizations, reached thousands of voters across the country that discussed the history of Black and Jewish partnership and the pressing reforms needed to remake our democracy into one that truly represents all the people.

 

GOTV in North Philadelphia

The Workers Circle joined local North Philadelphia community groups affiliated with Black Voters Matter for a Get Out the Vote door-knocking with critical poll location and nonpartisan voting information in a neighborhood with historically low voter turnout that faces many barriers to the polls. On that day we reached 2380 households.

 

Keynote panelists at the League of Women Voters Biennial Convention
Keynote panelists at the League of Women Voters Biennial Convention

April Albright, Legal Director at Black Voters Matter, and Noelle Damico, Director of Social Justice at the Workers Circle were co-panelists on the Women Power Democracy panel discussing cross-cultural organizing for democracy which reached thousands of voters across the country

Selma to Montgomery March
Selma to Montgomery March

Following the 57th commemoration of Bloody Sunday, walking over the Edmund Pettus Bridge with Selma foot soldiers from 1965 and Vice President Kamala Harris, Black Voters Matter hosted and the Workers Circle co-sponsored a 10-mile leg of the 2022 Selma to Montgomery march alongside college students, partners, community members, and organizers to honor the 57th anniversary courageous actions by civil right activists in Selma, Alabama and calling for immediate passage of federal voting rights legislation in light of the weakening of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court.

 

Civil Disobedience urging passage of and protesting the filibuster of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.
Civil Disobedience urging passage of and protesting the filibuster of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.

LaTosha Brown, Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter, and Noelle Damico, Director of Social Justice were among fifty social justice leaders, clergy, and student activists arrested for peaceful civil disobedience on the outdoor steps of the Capitol during the Senate’s deliberation on the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.

2021
Multi-State Actions Underscoring Urgency of Democracy’s Erosion in the US
Multi-State Actions Underscoring Urgency of Democracy’s Erosion in the US

To highlight the urgency of democracy’s erosion in the US and advocate for setting aside the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, Black Voters Matter and the Workers Circle organized multi-state actions during the White House Democracy Summit. These events took place outside the United Nations in New York, Washington, DC, and seven additional states: CA, DE, GA, OH, VA, ME, AZ. Democratic Senators publicly expressed support for laying aside the filibuster or voted in favor, notably for the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in January 2022. The UN protest was covered in The Guardian.

Four Civil Disobedience Actions outside the White House
Four Civil Disobedience Actions outside the White House

The Workers Circle and Black Voters Matter participated in four civil disobedience actions outside the White House, alongside democracy and civil rights groups. This collective effort led President Biden to change his position, urging the Senate to set aside the filibuster for the passage of federal voting rights legislation. The Workers Circle’s CEO, Ann Toback, board members, activists, and students, including two dozen, were among those arrested multiple times. Participation reached 500 by the final action.

Cliff Albright, Co-founder and Executive Director of Black Voters Matter and Noelle Damico, Director of Social Justice at the Workers Circle were among the #Democracy5 whose arrest by the Secret Service and jailing on October 5, headlining network news.