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DC Community Challenges Clarion Project;
Stands together against Islamophobia and Racism
WHEN: Wednesday, December 21, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
WHERE: 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
In this time of rising Islamophobia and racism, Jewish community members across the U.S. will gather to publicly rekindle their commitment to justice in over two dozen cities across the country during the Jewish holiday of Chanukah. Jewish Voice for Peace DC Metro chapter and allied community organizations are convening an action and rally against Islamophobia to kindle justice in conjunction with the holiday Chanukah. First, activists will draw attention to Islamophobia in our backyards with an action at 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue. Over 20 faith leaders are submitting a letter to property manager Tishman Speyer calling for them to terminate their contract with the Clarion Project, an Islamophobic hate group, and participants will gather outside the building to amplify that demand for no hate groups at 1717 Penn. Second, participants will march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. There, they will host a rally to stand with Muslim communities against Islamophobia and racism.
Speaking at the rally are established community organizers working against Islamophobia in many forms: Rabbi Joseph Berman (Jewish Voice for Peace), Ramah Kudaimi (US Campaign for Palestinian Rights), Darakshan Raja (Washington Peace Center & Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum), Sapna Pandya (Many Languages One Voice), Eric Powell (Howard MSA), Kristin Szremski (American Muslims for Palestine), and Rev. Graylan Hagler (Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ).
This national Chanukah action gathers Jews and allies to shine a light on the racism, white supremacy, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and militarism that are increasing in our country and throughout the world. It is organized by the Network Against Islamophobia, a project of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). JVP is a national membership organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all the people of Israel and Palestine, as well as of the US.
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Jewish Voice for Peace (www.jvp.org) is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. Jewish Voice for Peace has over 200,000 online supporters, over 60 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists