Racial Justice

The Derek Chauvin Verdict and the Work Ahead

By Jeremy Burton | April 23, 2021

On Tuesday afternoon, like so many of us, I spent an hour anxiously waiting for the Derek Chauvin verdict to be announced, after which I connected with others to share our reflections. A dear colleague shared that recently they had been feeling that if they can’t fix all the things in our world that are broken, why even try? Why not just give up amidst … Continue reading The Derek Chauvin Verdict and the Work Ahead »

More than a Moment

By Jeremy Burton | December 4, 2020

After months of drafts, redrafts and negotiations, we were heartened when earlier this week, the MA legislature approved a bill focusing on a JCRC priority: police reform. The “Act relative to justice, equity and law enforcement in the Commonwealth” now awaits the governor’s signature. We join with our partners at the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization in thanking Governor Baker for his early leadership in support of … Continue reading More than a Moment »

Criminal Justice Reform Principles

By JCRC | September 12, 2020

With just 4.4% of the world’s population, the U.S. houses roughly 25% of the world’s prisoners–over 2.2 million individuals. We house 30% of the world’s population of incarcerated women.   1 in 15 black men and 1 in 36 Latino men is incarcerated, compared with 1 in 106 white men.   Over 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison.   Nearly half of all state … Continue reading Criminal Justice Reform Principles »

Racial Justice Priorities

By JCRC | June 10, 2020

Now is a moment for decisive action from the Jewish community on police reform. In response to calls from our allies in the Black community, including Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Council President Kim Janey, City Councilor Andrea Campbell, and members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus, JCRC endorsed five points to create meaningful reform. We will continue to engage with our partners at … Continue reading Racial Justice Priorities »

Statement from JCRC on Murder of George Floyd

By JCRC | May 31, 2020

We at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston are heartbroken and angered by the murder – as charged by the Hennepin County prosecutor – of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement in Minneapolis last week. We stand with the African-American community and all communities in mourning the deaths of Mr. Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others who have lost their lives … Continue reading Statement from JCRC on Murder of George Floyd »

In 18 days, your vote has an impact on our criminal justice system

By Jeremy Burton | August 17, 2018

The Massachusetts legislative session just ended, with mixed results on issues dear to our community. We at JCRC were pleased with many aspects of the budget and the economic development bill, but we (and our partners in the immigration advocacy community) were sorely disappointed at the failure to adopt basic protections for immigrants being targeted in our community. And yet, on another issue of deep … Continue reading In 18 days, your vote has an impact on our criminal justice system »

Putting Justice in the Criminal Justice System

By Jeremy Burton | November 10, 2017

In our inception, we at JCRC have known from our own history in Boston that the criminal justice system is not always just. Hillel Levine and Lawrence Harmon’s “The Death of an American Jewish Community” chronicles the period in the 1940s when Jewish teens experienced regular assaults by Irish gangs, often fueled by the anti-Semitic radio diatribes of Father Charles Coughlin. But following the street … Continue reading Putting Justice in the Criminal Justice System »