October 2020 -- Tishrei- Cheshvan 5781,  Volume 26, Issue 10

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The Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration Brings Together Immigration Activists

A new activist network has been launched to mobilize the Westchester Jewish community to advocate on behalf of immigrant communities.  The Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration (WJCI) will connect and support the work of local organizations in the immigration and refugee space and will advocate for changes to current immigration policy on a national level and for state and local policies that benefit immigrants and the communities in which they live. Leaders and organizers of WJCI are members of synagogues and temples throughout Westchester’s and will actively seek to expand its reach throughout the Jewish community.

 

WJCI brings together activists who want to mobilize the Jewish community around specific hands-on projects and advocacy issues, such as laws, policies and programs that lead to justice and opportunity for all immigrant groups. WJCI plans to partner with other organizations within and beyond the Jewish community and invites all local congregations and organizations to sign on to this grassroots initiative.

 

“Westchester County is a diverse community,” said Holly Rosen Fink, co-founder and member of the WJCI Board of Directors. “Approximately 25% of our population derives from other countries.” According to The Migration Policy Institute, 61,000 people living in Westchester County are undocumented. This is approximately 6% of the county’s total population of 1 million people. It is critical that we educate and inform the public on these important issues. As a collective, we know we can do so much more.”

 

The vision of WJCI consists of five goals including to: Promote a pro-immigrant atmosphere and educate the Jewish and wider community; Support refugee resettlement in Westchester and provide support for local immigrant communities and organizations; Develop a network that can mobilize the Jewish community around specific projects and advocacy issues; Join in coalitions with other organizations within and beyond the Jewish community; Support pro-immigrant policies and platforms at the national, state and local level.

 

Individuals, organizations and congregations are welcome to contact WJCI for more information and to affiliate at wjciorg@gmail.com

 

The Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration (WJCI) brings together immigration activists in the Westchester Jewish community to meet one another, share experiences, exchange resources, information and contacts and look for ways to support each other’s work,  to advocate for  changes to current immigration policy on a national level and for state and local policies that benefit immigrants and the  communities in which they live. WJCI brings together Jewish leaders to strengthen the ties within the Jewish community, and at the same time establish an ongoing communication and action network.

 

More information about the organization is available at www.wjci.org.