JCore – Bring Jewish Values to the Ballot Box

 

JCore, The Jewish Council for Racial Equality, has produced a list of questions for candidates, focussing on race equality and justice for refugees and asylum seekers, and a Social Justice Pledge for candidates to subscribe to.

This election gives us, members of the Jewish community, a chance to decide what sort of society we want to live in.

Here are two simple things that you can do, in person or on social media, to ensure that candidates in your constituency share your commitment to social justice.

1. Ask questions of candidates

Over the next few weeks, many of you will be meeting candidates on your doorstep, and some of you will be going to hustings to hear them speak.

Here is a list of suggested questions to ask, with relevant information for you. [also reproduced below].

If you raise these issues with campaigners on your doorstep, please ask them to feed the question back to their candidate.

If you ask a candidate a question at a husting, please let us know their answer: [email protected]

2. Social media

Please ask candidates in your constituency to sign the JCORE pledge and share it on social media, using the hashtag #SocialJusticePledge.

Click here to download an image of the pledge to include in social media posts.

Use this website to find the candidates in your area, and the links to their social media pages.

Here’s a suggested Tweet:

Hello (@candidate’s Twitter account). As a voter in this constituency, social justice issues are important to me. Will you affirm your commitment to social justice by signing the #SocialJusticePledge ?

Sign the Pledge Here: https://forms.gle/dbJvqoodE3cjDpdi7


2019 General Election—key questions for candidates

This election gives us, members of the Jewish community, a chance to decide what sort of society we want to live in. By asking the following questions of candidates at hustings and on your doorstep, you can make sure that your elected MP shares your commitment to social justice. Here are some suggested questions, prepared by us at the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (with more information below each one).

Q1. 71% of the public agree that people seeking asylum should be allowed to work after they’ve been here for six months. What will you do to make this happen?

  • While claiming asylum, people have to survive on £5.39 per day, leading to widespread destitution.
  • Allowing people to work would improve their chances of being able to integrate into life in the UK, restore their dignity, and save taxpayers’ money.
  • According to polling undertaken by Refugee Action in 2018, 71% of the public agree that people seeking asylum should be allowed to work after they’ve been here for six months.

Q2. Will you support extending family reunification for child refugees and allowing them legal aid, so that they can apply to bring their closest family members to join them here?

  • Children who have been granted refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK do not have the right to be a sponsor for family reunification purposes.
  • This means they have to spend the rest of their lives separated from their closest family.
  • Since April 2013, legal aid funding has not been available for family reunion in England and Wales.

Q3. Will you commit to creating a properly funded programme to resettle unaccompanied refugee children and young people in the UK?

  • The Dubs amendment to the Immigration Act will come to an end in 2020, meaning that there will no longer be any safe and legal routes for refugee children to come to the UK.

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Charity 1132666 [email protected]

  • We want the government to resettle 10,000 children over the next ten years, matching the number that arrived in 1938-9 on the Kindertransport. Local authorities around the country have already pledged 850 extra places, but they are already fully stretched and need the government to fund those places in full.
  1. Will you commit to protecting the Race Disparity Unit?
  • The government’s Race Disparity Unit collects, analyses and publishes data on the experiences of people from ethnic minorities.
  • Where disparities are found, the unit supports government departments in driving change.
  • This work is essential, as the UK is still highly unequal, with people from Black, Asian and other minority British communities twice as likely to be unemployed as white British adults.

Q5. Will you support the funding of a permanent memorial to the transatlantic

slave trade?

  • The campaign for a memorial has been going on for more than a decade. We are calling for government funding without delay to this important memorial, in the same way that it has funded other national memorials, such as memorials to World War One, Commonwealth War Graves, the Holocaust, and the Srebrenica Genocide.

Q6. What will you do to ensure that all our political parties have a zero- tolerance approach to any form of racism, including antisemitism, Islamophobia and anti-black racism?

  • Our politics and society are tainted by racism, so all political parties must have clear and transparent procedures for dealing with all forms of racism.

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality Tel: 020 8455 0896

Charity 1132666 [email protected]

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