November 8, 2011
In 1903, Rose Schneiderman organized women garment workers in her factory to charter the first women’s local branch of her union. She was 21 when she became a leader in the fight for workers’ rights.
In 1960, Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, David Richmond, and Ezell Blair, Jr. ordered food at a “Whites only” Woolworth’s Counter and refused to leave when they were not served. They were college freshman when they engineered the first sit-in of the civil rights movement.
In 1966, David A. Reed, David P. O’Brien, David Benson, and John A. Phillips burned their draft cards. They were 19, 19, 18, and 22, respectively, when they took a public stand against the Vietnam War.
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August 30, 2011
In the 1960s, Rabbi Robert J. Marx marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago and Alabama and fought for civil rights in Chicago and beyond. Rabbi Marx is the founder and a past president of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, where he continues to be an active board member, leader and mentor. He is the Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe, Ill., which he founded in 1983.
By Rabbi Robert J. Marx
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Time affirms what heroism discerns. The dedication of a statue in memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is a belated yet significant tribute to a man who did so much to redefine the meaning of our democracy.
Make no mistake about it, there was a civil rights movement in the middle years of the 20th century, but King was the face of the movement, the pulse of it — one might even say the heart of it.
The memorial in Washington, D.C., about to be dedicated to his memory is made of solid stone, of granite. It will remain for the ages, solid and unmoving, a reminder of what dedication and courage are able to achieve.
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March 28, 2011
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The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs applauds Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for organizing a congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. As a country committed to religious freedom and civil rights, we need to ensure that all religious groups are protected and welcomed into the rich and diverse fabric of our society. The Jewish community knows too well the dangers of bigotry and hate speech. JCUA welcomes hearings to protect the civil rights of a community increasingly under attack. [See the below news release from Sen. Durbin's office for more information.]
Durbin to Chair First-Ever Hearing on the Civil Rights of American Muslims
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced today that he will hold the first-ever congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. The hearing will be the first hearing before the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. Senator Durbin is the Subcommittee’s Chairman.
“Our Constitution protects the free exercise of religion for all Americans,” Durbin said. “During the course of our history, many religions have faced intolerance. It is important for our generation to renew our founding charter’s commitment to religious diversity and to protect the liberties guaranteed by our Bill of Rights.”
The hearing is in response to the spike in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last year including Quran burnings, restrictions on mosque construction, hate crimes, hate speech, and other forms of discrimination. Next week’s hearing will consider measures to protect the civil rights of American Muslims.
A distinguished panel of witnesses will testify including Muslim civil rights leader Farhana Khera; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick; Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, the Obama Administration’s top civil rights official; and former Assistant Attorney General Alex Acosta, the Bush Administration’s top civil rights official.
The Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights was formed by merging the Constitution Subcommittee and the Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee, which Durbin previously chaired. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all constitutional issues, and all legislation and policy related to civil rights, civil liberties and human rights. The Ranking Member of the Subcommittee is Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. ET in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
[View a live feed of the hearing on C-SPAN]