Fifty years after Freedom Summer, the fundamental right to vote is once again under attack. Last year’s Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder gutted the federal enforcement mechanisms in the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, which have helped protect voters from discrimination for the past five decades. Already, a flood of state- and local-level schemes are making it harder for communities of color, women, first-time voters, the elderly and the poor to vote. Join the movement and take action to restore the right to vote for all.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers for the Mishkan Israel Jewish Program
at the 50th Jubilee Celebration of the Selma Bloody Sunday Bridge March are:.
Dr. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her father Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was a good friend of Dr Martin Luther King, marched with him in the third Selma March fifty years ago this month, and eulogized Dr. King at his funeral.
Rev. William Barber - Reverend Doctor William Barber II (born August 30, 1963) is the Founder of the Moral Monday Movement and a firm advocate of Fusion Politics. Fusion Politics seeks to create coalitions of various faith economic and racial groups around issues of justice and compassion. He is the head of the North Carolina NAACP and serves on the national Board of the NAACP.
David Goodman - The brother of the martyred Andrew Goodman (Goodman, Cheney and Schwerner). At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Andrew (Andy) Goodman joined Freedom Summer ’64 to register African-Americans to vote. On Andy’s first day in Mississippi, he and two other civil rights workers, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. The story of these three young men struck a public chord that galvanized support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner revealed the coalitions of black and white, Jew and Christian, young and older Americans working together to form a more perfect union for all. Now a historic figure and role model to many, Andy Goodman was first a beloved son, brother, friend, theater student and passionate advocate for fairness and equality. The timeline below highlights notable moments from Andy’s life as told through selected photos, personal correspondence, and other media.
Rabbi Jonah Pesner is the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. His venerable experience as a community organizer will forge the vital consensus needed to advance a positive vision for social justice. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, he has been an inspirational leader, creative entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for social justice. In 2006, he founded Just Congregations, which impacts more than 180 communities in 30 states and engages countless clergy, professional and volunteer leaders in interfaith efforts for the common good. He has led and supported campaigns for economic justice, marriage equality, human rights, and a variety of other causes. He was a primary leader in the successful Massachusetts campaign for health care access that has provided health care coverage to hundreds of thousands and which became a model for reform.
Spies of Mississippi tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain “the Mississippi way of life,” white supremacy, during the 1950s and ‘60s. The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission (MSSC) evolved from a predominantly public relations agency to a full-fledged spy operation, spying on over 87,000 Americans over the course of a decade.
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