An exciting week for Zioness but a devastating week for California Zionesses

November 2, 2019

Announcing our Newest Hire: Leora Einleger

 

Zioness is thrilled to announce our latest hire, new Programs Manager Leora Einleger! Leora brings her skills as a progressive activist, organizer, political staffer, and writer, along with her deep commitment to the Jewish and Zionist communities, to the role. She will work alongside Grassroots Organizing Director Carly Pildis and Executive Director Amanda Berman to build and activate the Zioness community nationwide.

 

Leora has invaluable experience organizing for NARAL Pro-Choice America in support of the Reproductive Health Act and on progressive campaigns for public officeholders; fighting for migrant children with the New York City Council; working in the communications office at Planned Parenthood; drafting briefings on antisemitism for congressional staff members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; and a profound understanding of the inherent relationship between our identities as Jews, Zionists, and progressives.

 

With Leora on staff, our exponential growth and impact will continue on our current, and extraordinary, trajectory. Feel free to welcome Leora to Team Zioness with emails to leora@zioness.org!

Shabbat Reflections: This Week's Devastating California Fires

 

As Shabbat enters and we reflect on the week, we are thinking about our friends in California that have been affected by the fires:

 

As fires rage across California, we are reminded of two harsh realities of life in 2019: 1) We live with a devastated climate that makes life barely livable for millions of people around the world; and 2) When it comes to environmental justice, there is little accommodation for the gross socioeconomic inequalities that exist in America, today.

 

The planet is warming. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that this is caused by human behavior. Floods will continue to decimate coastal cities. Fracking will continue to poison water supplies and cause devastating earthquakes. And human behavior, negligence, and unpredictable weather patterns will continue to cause fires around the country. Enough is enough. We must unite to protect our climate, our world, and the world we leave for future generations.

 

It is also critical to take note of the ways these fires impact those who are less advantaged. Private electric companies are beholden not to the public, but to shareholders. That’s why they invest billions in lobbying instead of in infrastructure updates. So while shareholders profit from a crumbling electric infrastructure, the public not only suffers but also bears the disproportionate cost of cleaning up the mess PG&E and other electric companies leave in their wake. Last year’s fire in Paradise was caused by PG&E. This year, the fires near the Getty were caused by a tree falling on poorly maintained power line.

This kind of neglected infrastructure is unacceptable in the most advanced industrialized country on earth and emblematic of who these companies really serve: their shareholders.

 

When private electric companies shut off their power, they don’t just shut off power for restaurants and hotels and homes. They shut off power for people who depend on electricity to charge life-saving medical devices or administer medicine. They shut off power and lead to mass road closures for people who cannot afford to simply take a day off work.

 

We need our elected officials to support true action against climate change and the mega-corporations that are aiding and abetting its progression.

As we light our Shabbat candles, we will be thinking of those who have been without power and who have lost their homes, and recommitting ourselves to the fight against climate change to ensure a better world for our children and their children.

Philly Zionesses Supporting DACA

 

Today, Zioness Philadelphia proudly marched in solidarity with DREAMers and TPS recipients. As Jews and as Zionists, we stand for immigrant rights and for justice for all. We stand against xenophobia, racism, and oppression. Today we made our voices heard and we will raise them again in Baltimore on the 8th and in DC on the 12th, as activists march from NYC to DC to rally as SCOTUS weighs the future of thousands of Americans. Join us! Contact carly@zioness.org for more details and see below in our upcoming events section about rallying with Zioness at the Supreme Court. During this frightening, divisive time we must stand united against hate.

If you know about another pro-DACA rally happening in your area, and you want your local Zioness chapter to participate, please email our Director of Grassroots Organizing, Carly Pildis, at carly@zioness.org. 

ALSO: If you have not already joined your local chapter on Facebook, click here to participate in our activism!

Upcoming Events

 

Pre-Z3 Conference Young Professionals' Event
Manny's, 3092 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:00 p.m. PT

Ahead of the Z3 Conference in Palo Alto, join Executive Director, Amanda Berman, at Z3's young professional's event! The gathering will have great food and music, unique content and an open bar at an amazing community-focused space, Manny's.

Click here to RSVP.

 

Zioness Leadership to Speak at Zionism 3.0 Conference
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Sunday, Nov. 10, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Make sure you are registered to see Executive Director Amanda Berman speak at the 5th annual Z3 Conference, the nation’s largest conversation about Diaspora Jewry and Israel. She will be speaking alongside luminaries including Tzipi Livni, Yossi Klein Halevi, Bret Stephens, and Yehuda Kurtzer.

Click here to register.

 

Rally in Support of DACA
Meetup at Folger Library
201 E. Capitol St., NE
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m. meeting, 10:00 a.m. protest

 

Zioness stands in solidarity with DACA Recipients and #homeishere. On Tuesday, November 12th we will be joining protests in support of DACA as the Supreme Court weighs the future of hundreds of thousands of Americans. 

As Jews, we are taught to welcome the stranger. As Zionists, we believe that every human being is entitled to human rights and dignity.

You can learn more about DACA here.

Join us and stand up for DACA - we will have Zioness posters for distribution!
#HomeisHere #ZionessAction #ZionessSpeaksForMe

 

 

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