In response to the nomination of David Friedman as ambassador to Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the White House, JVP - DC Metro joined with local Arab and Muslim organizations as part of a national day of action to send a clear message of resistance: We oppose Trump and Netanyahu's parallel agendas of racism, bigotry, and Islamophobia, David Friedman's nomination, and any plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. Speakers included: Linda Sarsour, Reverend Graylan Hagler, Rabbi Joseph Berman, Phyllis Bennis, Kareem El-Hosseiny, and others. Photos by Leah Muskin-Pierret
Starting in February, JVP - DC Metro began a canvassing campaign around the city to distribute and publicly display posters containing messages of solidarity with immigrants, Muslims, and refugees. So far, we have put our posters in over 100 businesses from Dupont Circle to Petworth to Capitol Hill. This campaign serves to indicate to residents, politicians, visitors, and workers that all people are welcome in DC and that the city should be designated as a safe space - a sanctuary - for any and all vulnerable communities.
As part of a national week of action coordinated by JVP during Chanukah, JVP chapters across the country took a stand with our Muslim allies against Islamophobia. We began our protest by applying pressure to oust the Clarion Project, an Islamophobic hate group, from their offices one block from the White House at 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. We called attention to its several mainstream Jewish community supporters and demanded that they end their financial support for institutionalized Islamophobia. Afterward, we marched to the White House, where we held a large rally to stand with Muslim communities against Islamophobia and racism. Photos by Chase Carter & Leah Muskin-Pierret
UPDATE: We won!
For what is now a yearly tradition, JVP - DC Metro member Martin Karcher hosted a fundraiser sale of his beautiful handmade pottery, where 60% of the proceeds went to support the work of the JVP - DC Metro Chapter.