In the aftermath of the grievous killing of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement has become one of the largest grassroots movements in U.S. history. We are living through the new civil rights movement of our time, and we are standing with the Black community to advocate for ending structural racism in the U.S., along with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and our fellow community relations networks. As civil rights leader Eric Ward has asserted, this does not mean we will not have occasional critiques or disagreement with particular leaders in the movement. But these disagreements should not be a pretext for lack of engagement. Just as during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, we stand with JCPA in prioritizing educating and engaging the Jewish community in this new movement and providing opportunities for activism.
WEBINARS AND EDUCATIONAL SERIES
Educational Materials and Curriculum on Racism and Racial Justice— The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) compiled recommended materials for the Jewish community to use to educate themselves and their networks about racism and racial justice in the U.S.
JCPA Webinar on "Black Lives Matter: Being Jewish and Black In This Moment" — Featuring Ilana Kaufman, Executive Director, Jews of Color Initiative and Yavilah McCoy, CEO, Dimensions Educational Consulting, moderated by La'Mar Walker, LPC, CPCS, Counselor, Mindful Works Counseling Services. Click here to watch the recording.
Ending Racism in America: A Discussion with Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP - We are living through the most significant conversation our country has had on racism since the 1960s. What are the priority issues for the Black community? What is the role of the Jewish community? What does a new partnership between Blacks and Jews look like? More than 2000 people registered for this webinar. Click here to watch the recording.
White Nationalism, Racism, and Antisemitism in America Today - This country is facing a crisis of white nationalism and growing hate—from attacks like in Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, Poway, and El Paso--to the racist murders of George Floyd and countless others. Watch for a discussion on how to understand and confront white nationalism—and the racism and antisemitism central to it. Featuring Amy Spitalnick, Executive Director of Integrity First for America, and Eric K. Ward, Executive Director of the Western States Center. Click here to watch the recording.
UNDERSTANDING WHERE ANTISEMITISM AND RACISM INTERSECT
Our CRC works together with allies and partners to foster understanding, promote mutual respect, and counter the efforts of those who seek to divide and harm us. We work in both public and private to combat the toxicity inherent in all forms of prejudice.
Below, please find resources for learning around the intersection of antisemitism and racism.