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From Antisemitism to Anti-Racism: Jewish Perspectives on Defunding the Police

June 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Join the Social Justice Committee of the Danforth Jewish Circle to hear from a panel of Jewish activists, politicians and community leaders sharing why they advocate for defunding the police and their call to the Jewish community to participate. We’ll explore these commitments alongside Jewish communal concern for protection against possible antisemitic threats.

Rima Berns-McGown, MPP, Beaches-East York
Hannah Freedman, Kavod Boston
Carin Mrotz, Executive Director of Jewish Community Action
Moderated by the Reverend Anne Dunlap, Coordinator of Showing Up for Racial Justice-Faith (SURJ-Faith)

In order to make this discussion as productive as possible, please consider viewing this panel from Progress Toronto on defunding the police in advance of the event. We also encourage you to attend the Danforth Multifaith Commons event, “Defunding the Police: Rethinking Community Safety” on May 13 at 7:00 pm via ZOOM (registration link available soon). You may also be interested in this congregational toolkit from SURJ-Faith.



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Dr. Rima Berns-McGown is the member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches-East York. She is the Official Opposition Critic for Poverty and Homelessness and a member of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly. Before she was elected, Rima taught Diaspora Studies at the University of Toronto. She holds a PhD in International Politics from the University of Aberystwyth, an MA from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International studies of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University. She has a long history of writing about and advocating for systemic change that creates equity and societies that truly work for everyone who lives in them. Rima was born in South Africa of a mixed background and is proud to be a member of Ontario’s first Black Caucus.

Hannah Freedman is a coordinator of the Community Safety Team at Kavod, a multi-ethnic, multi-racial community led by young Jews in Greater Boston holding vibrant Jewish ritual and transformative social justice organizing. Her orientation towards community safety work brings together learnings from an abolitionist framework, feminist digital security practices, and mutual aid collectives. She is a co-founder of Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS), leads digital security trainings for organizers, and works supporting abortion funds in the United States with capacity building and technical assistance.

Carin Mrotz is Jewish Community Action’s Executive Director. On staff since 2004, she has worked on campaigns for immigrant and workers’ rights and played a key role in JCA’s work to organize the Jewish community in support of marriage equality in 2012, and she founded and staffed Indie Jews, an initiative to organize and mobilize Jews outside of congregations.Carin has served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, providing support in fundraising, program evaluation, and organizational development. She has worked as a trainer, curriculum designer, and college instructor, and spent 5 years in senior leadership roles in private career colleges. Recently, she helped found an organization that organizes parents and community members to advocate for students in North Minneapolis public schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Religion and a master’s degree in Public Administration and writes about parenting, politics, and sometimes food for multiple publications. She is on the Board of Directors of Shir Tikvah (Minneapolis).

Rev. Anne Dunlap has been doing justice work what seems like her whole life (she wrote her first protest letter when she was 10). Nurtured into faith-rooted organizing in the Central America solidarity movement in the 1980s, she’s particularly grateful to the Central American, Black, immigrant, worker, and Indigenous leaders who have challenged and taught her to think and act more deeply about what it means to be human, and what it means to be free. She’s an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and is also the founder of FierceRev Remedies, offering herbal consults, workshops, mentorship as well as consulting, teaching, and preaching, all towards the goal of racial justice and collective liberation that’s rooted in practice with the land.  She’s proud to be from Arkansas, and has lived in a lot of different places; now she is happy to call Buffalo, NY home. She loves life with her beloved and their kitty, herbcrafting, long nature rambles, snuggling baby goats, loving on her people, music, books, and poetry, and building community.


If you have any questions, accessibility or accommodation needs: 

Email Heather at heath.n.cohen@gmail.com and Amy at amy_180@hotmail.com.


June 13
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Accessibility Notes
If you have any questions, accessibility or accommodation needs: Email Heather at heath.n.cohen@gmail.com and Amy at amy_180@hotmail.com. Closed captioning will be available.


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