• Civil Rights Journey: Meeting Ray

    I initially joined the URJ Mitzvah Corps Civil Rights Journey to experience the injustice I see on my Facebook feed first-hand. I joined to note the progress made and see the change still needed. Now, listening to Ray, I learned the ground we need to cover as a society to ensure fairness in our current judicial system.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: What Do You Stand Up For?

    We stood on the steps of Central High School, where, in 1957, nine brave high school students stood up for their rights and took part in the most widely publicized school integration in the country. Standing in the same space as those students, we proudly proclaimed what we choose to stand up for in our own communities.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Volunteering at Play SAFE

    For the kids who attend these camps, Play SAFE is their summer and is what they look forward to.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Meeting Deputy Garrison

    While waiting for my breakfast, I nodded to the man sitting next to me, a Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Deputy. After I nodded, I did something I never thought I would do; I asked to join him for breakfast.


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  • Southern California: Visiting Skid Row

    The unfortunate truth is that many of us simply felt helpless. And that's okay. The important thing is that there is no doubt in each of our minds that something needs to change.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Teaching What it Means to be a Good Person

    Anyone can be a teacher. The job title is not solely reserved for the schoolroom. Parents are teachers. Neighbors are teachers. Friends are teachers. Siblings are teachers.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Appreciating Every Moment

    It also showed me that there is so much more to these kids than we give them credit. On the outside, they are joyful and passionate, despite what they might be up against, but there’s so much that we don’t even know about them.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Meeting Flonzie Brown Wright

    However, she was able to let go of all the hate and replace it with another very powerful emotion - love. Mrs. Wright recognized that love, acceptance, and justice always trumps hate, racism, and prejudice; even when violence and hate seems like the only answer.


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  • Seeing Numbers Come to Life

    Every single number that I have dealt with this year, however infinitesimally small or mind-bogglingly large, came to life for me on June 12. On that day, our staff training began, and I could see a purpose and a meaning to my numbers.


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  • DC: Advocating on the Hill

    We just came back from an exciting day on the Hill, where Mitzvah Corps DC participants visited more than 50 congressional offices. They advocated for congressional action, making their voices heard on the issues that mattered to them most.


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