JFREJ is a community within a community. At JFREJ you’ll find every kind of Jew, united by our common belief in justice. And all of us work in partnership with the grassroots social justice mosaic of New York City — fighting for a better future.
Join JFREJ members and Jews Against Islamophobia (a coalition of Jews Say No! and JVP-NYC) at Rockefeller Center, NYC as we stand against Islamophobia and racism and rekindle our commitment to justice.
When: Sunday, December 6th (the first night of Hanukkah) and Sunday, December 13th (the last night of Hanukkah) at 4 PM ... See MoreSee Less
Jews Against Islamophobia and Racism - Rekindling our Commitment to Justice
December 6, 2015, 4:00pm - December 13, 2015, 3:00pm
Join Jews Against Islamophobia (a coalition of Jews Say No! and JVP-NYC) at Rockefeller Center, NYC at 4 PM on Sunday, Dec. 6th, the 1st night of Chanukah and, also at 4 PM, on Sunday, Dec. 13th, the last night of Chanukah, as we stand against Islamophobia and racism and rekindle our commitment to justice.
The NYC action on December 6th is also co-sponsored by JFREJ.
We will be holding nine signs, which, together, are in the shape of a Chanukah menorah. Each sign contains an injustice that we recommit ourselves to challenging. Each night of Chanukah, Jews in different cities will hold up these signs and read aloud each commitment in a public space. On the eighth and last night of Chanukah, all our cities will join in as we rekindle our commitments to justice from city to city, from community to community, and from strength to strength.
Some of those commitments include: refusing to be silent about anti-Muslim and racist hate speech and hate crimes; condemning state surveillance of the Muslim community; challenging institutionalized racism and state-sanctioned anti-Black violence; protesting the use of Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism to justify israel’s repressive policies against Palestinians; and welcoming Syrian refugees and standing strong for immigrants’ and refugee rights.
We hope you will join us--together, our calls for justice will reverberate all across the country.
For further information, or if you want to plan this action in your city, contact us at : email@example.com
DOJ: Protect Black Activists from White Vigilante Violence, Investigate Shooting As A Hate Crime
“We Cannot Live without Our Lives”
—Audre Lorde, Black author, poet, activist, and academic
The Black Lives Matter Network stands in solidarity with the five members of the #BlackLivesMatter Minneapolis chapter that were shot on Monday night. All five are reportedly in stable condition. Protestors were shot as they attempted to move a group of apparently armed white men away from a peaceful protest over the fatal shooting of unarmed Black 24-year-old man Jamar Clark by a police officer.
While activists on the ground at the #4thPrecinctShutDown are shaken, they are not derailed in their efforts. They will remain at the scene, occupying the precinct, until justice for Jamar Clark and his family is served.
The war on Black lives is escalating, and it’s time for President Obama to intervene. The Black Lives Matter Network urgently calls upon the Department of Justice to investigate this shooting as a hate crime.
This shooting of Black activists by white vigilantes in Minneapolis is a symptom of a much larger problem—that while the homegrown domestic terrorism of white supremacists is alive and well in 2015, it too often lives in the shadows of media coverage dominated by the international terrorism of so-called religious extremists.
But, organized white American vigilantism too, is terrorism.
It is a terrifying kind of terrorism where the “radicalization” of white supremacists is allowed to grow in plain sight, erased by an invisibility cloak of media neglect, endorsed by politicians, egged on by online trolls, and entrenched by an anti-Black state and civil society.
When white males of the far right carry out violent attacks, they are typically described in media, and by neocons and Republicans, as independent actors, rather than members of well-organized terrorist movements. In fact, a recent study found that, despite Presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s desire to increase targeted surveillance of Black activists and Muslim communities, white supremacists are actually more dangerous to America than foreign terrorists. Most terrorist activity has come not from Muslims or from Black people, but from a combination of radical Christians, white supremacists, and far-right militia groups.
The Black Lives Matter Network also calls upon the Department of Justice to investigate the Minneapolis police department’s negligent and incompetent conduct in response to this crime. Instead of responding appropriately to secure the safety of protestors who had previously reported credible threats made by white supremacists, the concerns of protestors were ignored. Instead of immediately assisting those injured, Minneapolis police maced protestors who were attempting to record events as they occurred. Rather than take witness statements, Minneapolis police mocked the suffering of Black activists, insisting that by demanding answers in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black teenager, protestors had brought the violence upon themselves. Blaming the targets of racist violence is an old trope, but one we must actively and wholeheartedly reject. Our right to organize in defense of Black lives is inherent and inalienable, and beyond the jurisdiction of any law enforcement or white hate group.
White vigilantism is a persistent threat that exists to uphold the war on Black lives, reinforce existing racial power dynamics as the status quo, and terrify Black people into silence. But we will not be silent in the face of this long-held extension of state violence.
We will continue the occupation of the 4th precinct. We will not be intimidated by white supremacy. We will not bow down to white vigilante terror. Just as our ancestors in the civil rights movement of the 1960’s sang, we ain’t gonna let white supremacy turn us around.
Not now, not ever.
We demand #Justice4Jamar, justice for the five victims of this racist hate crime, and all victims of police violence.