Occupation: Non-Profit Administration
University: Tufts University, 2015
Organization(s): Jewish Voice For Peace-Boston, Boston Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice
Julia Mason Wedgle is a non-profit professional and organizer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She currently works for the National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter as an administrative assistant.
Julia graduated from Tufts University in 2015 with degrees in Peace and Justice Studies and Community Health. While at Tufts, she spent a year studying abroad in Amman, Jordan and Kigali, Rwanda. Her academic interests include contemporary American Jewish identity, transnational social movements, intersectionality and cross-movement solidarity, social determinants of health, and decolonization. In her senior capstone, she looked comparatively at the grassroots liberation movements in Palestine and Western Sahara.
Julia is proudly Jewish. She is inspired by the strong Jewish values with which she was raised to stand in solidarity with Palestine and fight against the injustices committed everyday by Israel in her name as a Jew. Judaism teaches her to “not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9) and she embodies this in her work organizing for Palestinian liberation.
Julia has organized with Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston since she first joined JVP in 2012. She also organizes with Boston Worker’s Circle. At Tufts, Julia co-founded Tufts Alt-J, a progressive Jewish community and alternative space to celebrate Jewish Holidays and Ritual outside of institutional Hillel spaces. As a student organizer, Julia also stood in solidarity with Students for Justice in Palestine and Tufts Labor Coalition.
Julia grew up in Denver, Colorado and proudly roots for the Broncos even while deep in Patriots territory. In her free time, when not working and organizing, she enjoys attending spin classes, going to the beach in any weather and watching cheesy television.