Kehilla Members Support Limiting Reliance on Santa Rita Jail for Mental Health Needs of People in Custody

In April, more than 50 Kehilla members and friends participated in a postcard campaign directed at the Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, urging her, in light of the pandemic, to act with urgency to release many groups of people incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail. At least another 45 people associated with the Interfaith Coalition […]

Send Postcards: It is vital to reduce the population of Santa Rita Jail now

Dear Kehilla member, Kehilla, through the Economic Justice Committee, is active in the The Interfaith Coalition for Justice in Our Jails.  The Coalition is very concerned about the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Alameda County Jail and has organized a postcard campaign to pressure District Attorney Nancy O’Malley <nancy.omalley@acgov.org> to de-populate the jails in […]

Urge NO Vote on $85 Million for Expansion of Santa Rita Jail Staff

Dear Friends, In the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic and a crisis of homelessness, unemployment, school closures, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will hold a vote on a combined Sheriff’s – Health Services Agency budget request for funds totaling $255 million on Tuesday, 4/21. The vast majority of these new funds will be dedicated to hiring additional sheriff’s […]

Economic Justice Committee Report, March, 2020

by Myrna Schwartz and Richard Speiglman February 2020 Schools and Communities First initiative – EJCers are actively engaged in the gathering of signatures to get this important initiative on the November ballot.  March 14 is the deadline for the organizations we’re working with (Faith in Action – East Bay; East Bay Citizens for Action).  If […]

Homeless Action now Part of the Economic Justice Committee!  Join us at our first meeting, March 25, 7 – 8:30pm – ONLINE

The last two years have seen a 47% increase in homelessness in Oakland. Over 70% of the people living on the streets are African American. This is not just a crucial racial and economic justice issue, but a public health issue as well. Although Kehilla member Talya Husbands- Hankin has been addressing this issue, there […]

Economic Justice Committee Report Back: Schools & Communities First Ballot & Tiny House Village

Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee has focused on criminal justice and affordable housing issues throughout the past year, while closely watching the progress of a ballot measure to reform California property taxes on large businesses.  After important revisions to this measure, now known as “Schools & Communities First,” Kehilla has joined a broad coalition to endorse […]

Economic Justice Committee Shows Film at Yom Kippur Workshop

by Laura Finkler The Economic Justice Committee (EJC) showed “What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong?” a film by Lucas Guilkey, at one of the Yom Kippur afternoon workshops. The film covers the tragic death of a Santa Rita inmate, the father of two young children, in June of 2018, at the hands of Sheriff Ahern’s deputies, […]

What’s Kehilla’s EJC Up To? We Want to See Medi-Cal Benefits Returned to Everyone Eligible Upon Release from Santa Rita County Jail

by Richard Speiglman Members of Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee (EJC) collected 200 signatures from congregants and friends entering Rosh Hashanah services this year.  Why? The EJC has worked with colleagues on the Live Free Committee of Faith In Action – East Bay (formerly OCO) on criminal justice issues for the last few years.  EJC members […]

Economic Justice Committee Joins Forces to Control Police Use of Deadly Force: AB392 is Signed!

by Merle Lustig California has been among the worst states in the country for regulating police use of deadly force and the number of fatal police shootings. In 2017, California police shot and killed 172 people, including 5 children. In 2018, they shot and killed 115 people. This month, with the help of many progressive […]

Tiny House Village is seeking tangible donations:

Furniture Donations: As a faith partner, Kehilla is being asked to collect the necessary furniture for one Tiny House for our September move in. Also needed are donations of kitchen and dining room essentials, as well as outdoor furniture. Below is the list of items needed.   Gently used is awesome – and please feel free to […]