Top Michigan Democrats Celebrate Launch of Jewish Caucus
Launch of Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus comes amid national increase in violent antisemitism, Michigan’s top-tier battleground status in 2020 election
LANSING, Michigan — The Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party has granted a formal charter to the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus, capping off nearly 10 months of grassroots organizing and fundraising successes for the new organization.
“This is an important milestone — particularly at a time of rising antisemitism and violence against Jews across America,” said Founder and Chair Noah Arbit. “I founded the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus last March to provide a platform for Jewish Democrats here in Michigan to organize politically and make our voices heard in this critical swing-state, and I am thrilled to continue harnessing the incredible energy and activism of my fellow Jewish Michiganders that I’ve seen over the past year to make a real impact in our elections in November.”
Michigan Democratic Party Chairwoman Lavora Barnes stated, “Michigan’s Jewish community has long been a powerful voice for justice, equality and progress — both as a people and as part of the progressive movement in our state. The Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus has given Democrats a strong partner and a critical voice within our party and state to help represent and address the political concerns of Michigan’s Jewish community.”
Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly), Michigan’s first Jewish congresswoman, added, "I am excited to see the MDP officially charter the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus. I applaud the Caucus' mission to, among other items, combat antisemitism, and I know it will serve as a critical ally in elevating the issues that matter to Michigan's Jewish community across our state."
“I can’t think of a more important time to activate and organize Jewish Democrats, to show Jewish support for a just and inclusive America, and to fight antisemitism and other forms of bigotry shoulder-to-shoulder with our brothers and sisters of all faiths, races, nationalities, orientations, and identities,” said Congressman Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp). “May the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus help deepen our democracy and increase understanding between communities in our beautiful state.”
CONTACT: Noah Arbit, Chair