Rededicate this Chanukah to Challenging Islamophobia

JVP members are rekindling our commitment to challenge Islamophobia and racism in all their manifestations.

We are marking the eight days of Chanukah by publicly expressing this common message in cities across the country. We pledge to do this work consistently and with integrity—both within our communities and as partners in the broader struggle for justice.  Find an action near you below.

New York City
4:00 pm
Rockefeller Centre
RSVP here or email newyork@jvp.org

Columbus
E Broad & Cassady Ave
RSVP by emailing centralohio@jvp.org

Boston
RSVP by emailing jvpboston@gmail.com

Miami
5:30pm-7:30pm
Torch of Friendship Bayfront Park
E Side of Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
RSVP here or email southflorida@jvp.org

Washington, DC
Lafayette Park near the White House, 5:30-7pm
RSVP here or email dcmetro@jvp.org

New Haven
5:00 – 6:00 pm
College & Chapel St.
RSVP here or email newhaven@jvp.org

Atlanta
5:00pm
Intersection of N. Druid Hills Rd. & LaVista Rd
RSVP here or email atlanta@jvp.org

Chicago
6:30pm
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, 30 S Wells Street
RSVP here or email info@jvpchicago.org

Durham
5:15 pm
201 N Corcoran St, Durham
RSVP here or email trianglenc@jvp.org

Springfield, MA
5:00 -6:00 pm
467 State Street
(corner of Walnut/Federal St & State St in front of ARISE for Social Justice office)
RSVP here or email westernmass@jvp.org

Denver
4:00 – 5:00 pm
99 12th Avenue
CELL (Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab) Museum
RSVP here or email frontrange@jvp.org

Portland
4:00 pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square
West Side of Pioneer Sq, across form Nordstroms
RSVP here or email  jvp_pdx@riseup.net

Ithaca
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Commons, Seneca entrance moving to Dewitt Park, then ending at 2:45 pm
RSVP here or email ithaca@jvp.org

Syracuse
3:30 pm
In front of the large Menorah in Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse
RSVP here

New York City
4:00 pm
Columbus Circle
RSVP here or email newyork@jvp.org

Seattle
4:00 pm
Pacific Place, 600 Pine St
RSVP here or email seattle@jvp.org

Providence
4pm
Corner of Thayer Street & Waterman Street
RSVP by emailing rhodeisland@jewishvoiceforpeace.org

New Haven
4:00 pm
College & Chapel Street
RSVP here or email newhaven@jvp.org

Washington, DC
4:00 pm
Lafayette Park near the White House
RSVP here or email dcmetro@jvp.org

Miami
4:00 pm
Torch of Friendship Bayfront Park E Side of Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
RSVP here or email southflorida@jvp.org

Portland
4:00 pm
Lloyd Center
NE Multnomah, between NE 11th & 13th, at the top of Holladay Park
RSVP here or email  jvp_pdx@riseup.net

Initiated by Jews Against Islamophobia (JAI) in NYC (a coalition of Jews Say No! and Jewish Voice for Peace–New York) and the Network Against Islamophobia (NAI), a project of Jewish Voice for Peace nationally, these actions call for the Jewish community to stand strong against Islamophobia and racism and in solidarity with communities facing threats and discrimination in the wake of recent violence and disturbing public rhetoric.

On the eighth and last night of Chanukah, activists in each of the cities will come out again to rekindle their commitments to justice from city to city, from community to community, and from strength to strength.

While Islamophobia has long existed in this country, we are currently witnessing an especially frightening level of Islamophobic rhetoric from politicians and media figures, hate speech and physical violence against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims, and increased profiling and state surveillance of Muslims.

This intensified degree of hate and violence does not exist in a vacuum. It takes place in the context of the ongoing, state-sponsored Islamophobia of the US government whose foreign policy relies on Islamophobic premises as it has set out to bomb countries with large Muslim populations, and by an Israeli government whose apartheid polices interact with, and are buttressed by its equation of Islam with evil.

Visit againstislamophobia.org to learn more about the Network Against Islamophobia’s ongoing efforts to challenge islamophobia and anti-arab racism.

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