Monday, September 28 | 2:00PM
Our democracy hinges on fair elections, the right for every eligible voter to vote, and the knowledge that all votes will be counted and honored.
To better understand the issues of voter suppression, this election, and how we can help right now in the context of our Jewish tradition, please join me in conversation with two absolutely incredible, strategic, dynamic, and wise women, Nsé Ufot, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the New Georgia Project, and Joy Friedman, Director of Organizing for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
You will not be disappointed to learn from them, hear their stories, and reap their insight! Find out more about these incredible and powerful leaders below.
As the Jewish people and our partners, we and our ancestors have lived the consequences of a democracy that gives way under the weight of authoritarian appeals to power. And we witness with horror the most vulnerable of any society crushed by this weight. Let us gather together on this Yom Kippur to learn what is happening in our country’s election today, it’s insidious impact on black and brown people and all people, and how we can take action to protect what is most precious to us—each other.
On this Yom Kippur, we are deep into a national cheshbon hanefesh, an accounting of our souls and the moral soul of our nation. We call ourselves now to responsibility for protecting the most vulnerable in our midst, for this generation and generations of our children yet to come.
Rabbi Stephanie Kolin
Nsé Ufot is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Georgia Project (NGP) and its affiliate, New Georgia Project Action Fund (NGP AF). Nsé leads both organizations with a data-informed approach and a commitment to developing tools that leverage technology with the goal of making it easier for every voter to engage in every election. Nsé and her team are also developing Georgia’s home-grown talent by training and organizing local activists across the state. She has dedicated her life and career to working on civil, human and workers’ rights issues and leads two organizations whose complementary aim is to strengthen Georgia’s democracy. Under Nsé’s leadership, NGP has registered nearly 425,000 Georgians to vote
Joy Friedman has over a dozen years of experience as a community organizer, running grassroots campaigns with interfaith communities for affordable health care, criminal justice reform, immigration reform, access to capital, and environmental policy. As Director of Organizing at the RAC, Joy organizes and oversees the Rabbis Organizing Rabbis (ROR) campaigns, state-wide organizing efforts in California and Ohio, and the Reform Movement’s Racial Justice Campaign. ROR, a joint effort of the RAC, the URJ, and the CCAR, stopped the deportations of four undocumented immigrants with citizen families who rely upon them, organized 200 Reform Rabbis to march with the NAACP’s Journey for Justice, and engaged 10,000 Reform Jews in Nitzavim: Standing up for Voter Protection and Participation during the 2016 election season. Joy has provided training and delivered presentations on community organizing principles and practices to hundreds of interfaith, labor, and civic community leaders all over the country. A cum laude graduate of Carleton College, Joy was selected to participate in the Leading Change program at Harvard’s Kennedy School and the Jewish Funds for Justice’s Selah development seminars.