Chanukah and our commitment to Black Lives Matter!

As published today on OregonLive:

December 16 marks the first night of Chanukah, the holiday where we celebrate the miraculous overcoming of oppression. Recognizing that all life is precious, we are called to celebrate this Chanukah by taking a strong stand in solidarity with communities of color to say that Black Lives Matter. That a Black person is killed by law enforcement, security guards or vigilantes every 28 hours in our country is NOT acceptable.

What happened to Michael Brown or to Eric Garner or to countless other African Americans shames our nation. The institutional racism that exists in policing, education, health, housing, and economic opportunity must be acknowledged and eradicated.

On this Jewish holiday and on all days, Jewish Voice for Peace, working for human rights, stands with all oppressed communities who are disproportionately affected by racially biased violence and who, in response, are working for racial justice. Transformation is possible.

Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland members signing on to this letter:
Mark Alter
Joel Beinin
Miriam Beinin
Michel Bolsey
Karen Boyer
Maxine Fookson
Lauren Kael
Laurie King, Jobs with Justice Executive Board
Carol Landsman
Christina Lugo
Dee Poujade
Gerson Robboy
Ned Rosch
Marc Rose
Elizabeth Sheppard
Marcia Sims
William Singer
Diana Spartis
Josh Standig



Dec 16, 2014      Posted by: diana


JVP-Portland member Maxine Fookson was recently in Gaza with Physicians for Social Responsibility. Read her blog here.

JVP-Portland member Maxine Fookson and Mohammed Nabil co-host One Land Many Voices on community radio KBOO. For more info, click here.