As America continues its intensified reckoning with questions of racial justice, parents and educators are keenly aware of the need to speak to children about race in ways that feel authentic and relatable. The Jewish community can look to Yiddish literature for models of antiracist storytelling that took shape long before the storied alliances of the 1960’s civil rights movement. In one key episode, one of the most beloved characters in Yiddish children’s literature proves himself susceptible to unexamined bias and offers a model of how to overcome it.
Letters sent to the Forward over 100 years ago still ring true today; in this one, a worker weighs his need for his salary against his safety
The sentiments behind police abolitionism originated with late-19th and early-20th century organized labor.
The understanding that workers across the world are fighting the same fight is at a new high.
Full-time professional staff were working second jobs, going to food pantries, putting their children on Medicare and selling plasma.
Jews should celebrate Labor Day by recommitting to the labor movement.
Lemlich’s team of “farbrente Yidishe meydlekh” — “fiery Jewish girls” — reinvigorated the early 20th-century labor movement.
“The string players are making this sound like a Geiger counter.”
“When I have to decide between ideas and winning elections, I’m choosing to win elections,” Gabbay said.
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