Last week JVP members joined the Stop Urban Shield coalition at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting united against state violence in demand of alternatives to militarized policing. Continue the action by joining JVP’s Safety for All Team as we plan next steps for our part in the coalition and campaign in Berkeley as well as Alameda. Please email email@example.com to join.
If you haven't already seen the letter from President Leslie Wong of San Francisco State University apologizing to Hillel and welcoming Zionists to campus, read statement here. Jewish Voice for Peace condemns last week’s public statement regarding Jewish Students and Zionism. Thanks to the work of JVP’s Campus Coordinator, Ben Lorber with support from JVP’s Research and Education Manager, Tallie Ben-Daniel, and signed by our Coordinating Committee JVP has issued a response to President Wong’s prioritized interests of pro-Israel advocacy groups over the safety of Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim students, available here. Please join us in writing letters to President Wong with the demands listed below in the JVP statement.
Sign Here to Stop Deportations and Grant Asylum to African Refugees In Israel
Israel has announced plans to forcibly deport 40,000 African refugees to Rwanda or other African countries where they will face persecution, violence, enslavement, or death.
The forced deportation of these asylum seekers is illegal under international law. Israel says their crime is illegally crossing the border and that they are a threat to the security of the state. However, their real "crime" is that they are not Jewish and that they are Black.
International Working Women’s Day MARCH & Celebration
Sunday, March 11th from 2-5 PM
Fruitvale Village, Oakland, CA
Co-sponsored by JVP-Bay Area, members of GABRIELA Oakland and our allies invite you to join us for a March & Celebration on Sunday March 11th to commemorate the 110th International Working Women's Day anniversary in honor of the first women strikers in 1908. Join us as we RISE, RESIST, and UNITE to build our collective Resistance here and abroad!
JVP Shabbat Dinner
Friday, March 16th at 6:30 PM
1601 Fairview St., Berkeley, CA 94703-2319, United States
Join Jewish Voice for Peace-Bay Area as we gather in community for a Shabbat dinner to enjoy each other's company, build community, and nourish ourselves as we work to sustain our movement for liberation.
JVP Palestine / Israel 101: Six-Week Workshop
Wednesday, April 11th - Wednesday May 16th 6:30-9 PM
ADA accessible venue near Downtown Berkeley BART
Do you want to become a more effective advocate for justice, equality and peace in Palestine/Israel? Are you interested in discussing the relationship between Trump's "America (i.e. white Christians) First" rhetoric and the ethnic nationalism of Israel / Zionism? This course is designed for those who seek more knowledge on Palestine/Israel.
More info here!
Events From our Friends:
Restore the Vote Workshop
Wednesday, March 7th 6:30-8:30 PM
Kehilla Community Synagogue 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont, CA
This workshop will provide the context for the Voting Restoration & Democracy Act of 2018, including essential understanding of voter suppression history in the United States and California. Learn concrete actions you can take over the next several months to help restore voting rights to 162,000 incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals in California. This effort is led by Initiate Justice. ASL Interpretation provided by Terps for Bay Area Resistance (TBAR).
Sunaina Maira – BOYCOTT ! The Academy and Justice for Palestine
Tuesday, March 20th 7:30 PM
Hillside Club 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA
What is this boycott? Why does it make sense? Why is this an American Studies issue? These key questions and many others are answered in this short essential book. Boycott! situates the academic boycott in the broader history of boycotts in the United States as well as Palestine and shows how it has evolved into a transnational social movement that has spurred profound intellectual and political shifts.
Join a Team!
- Safety for All (Stop Urban Shield/End the Deadly Exchange)
- Jews of Color & Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus in Partnership with JVP
- Legislative Organizing
- Basebuilding Team
- Education Committee
Email us to get involved, find out more information, or to connect!
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