Repair the World has unveiled new resources to boost participation in Act Now for Racial Justice, the campaign engaging young adults in supporting racial justice through volunteer service, dialogue, and learning. Post-election, Repair the World has seen a marked increase in young adults stepping up to take action to address the needs of marginalized communities, and a flood of new volunteers supporting efforts to restore equity around issues like education and food justice.
For MLK Day 2017, Repair is offering a new platform for people to share opportunities to take action and to find opportunities across the country throughout the weekend. The organization also is directing thousands to Turn The Tables, the do-it-yourself dinner dialogue initiative; new guides will enable more young adults to Turn the Tables and engage peers in conversations about racial justice, the election and inauguration, and the connection between Jewish values and racial justice.
According to David Eisner, CEO of Repair the World: “Young adults are demanding more opportunities to take action in solidarity with these vulnerable communities. Martin Luther King promoted the primacy of service not as just another good thing to do, but as our most central means for connecting with others. As we approach MLK Day, his words are with us: ‘Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve,’ and ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Repair anticipates that more than 5,000 will engage in service experiences organized by individuals and local nonprofits around the country. Repair continues to welcome Jewish organizational partners in the initiative, most recently partnering to Act Now for Racial Justice with OneTable, Moishe House, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation to share resources to help young adults bring peers together to discuss their reaction to the election.
“Standing and acting in solidarity with vulnerable communities is, for many, a central part of Jewish life,” adds Eisner. “Act Now for Racial Justice facilitates conversations that challenge all of us – like the perpetuation of racial injustice, the needs of marginalized communities, limitations on being an Ally – and through our service connects those conversations to actions on the ground. MLK Day is a time to honor his legacy by answering his call to act, today, with what MLK called, ‘the fierce urgency of now.’”
Repair launched Act Now for Racial Justice during the 2016 Jewish High Holidays and will continue the campaign through Passover 2017.