Lori Lutz

DJJ “began” nearly 3 years ago. Since then, there have been far too many days when I have found myself grateful for its existence and the opportunity for me to engage with it: when Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Kevin Matthews, and too many other unarmed black men were unjustifiably killed by police; when, just days after his inauguration, Donald Trump signed an executive order halting all refugee admissions and barring people from 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States and earlier this year, when the Trump administration rounded up Iraqi Chaldeans and ordered their deportation back to countries where they face certain persecution; when Detroiter Joseph Bates lost the home that had been in his family for more than 110 years because, like countless others, he couldn’t pay real estate taxes that were the result of illegal assessments; when a report by the state showed that Detroit children are being hospitalized for asthma at a rate almost three times greater than the rest of the state while the Detroit trash incinerator continues to spew toxic and illegal substances into the air Detroit families breathe; and when Nicole Hill told her story of being one of more than 80,000 Detroiters whose water has been shut off and apprehensive of bringing it to anyone’s attention lest her children be taken away for the reason that there is no water in her house.  On these days—and so many more---I have been grateful that there is a community of Jews, from young to old, who are turning toward, not away from, these injustices, and who believe that their Jewish history, practice, values, and very identity compel them to march, organize, write, speak up and speak out, fight systemic racial and economic injustice, and advocate for genuine equity and fairness. DJJ: this is what being Jewish looks like.  


Lori is active in our water justice work, governance team, and fundraising committee.
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