3:00 PM15:00

JUF - Defund Islamophobia, Defund Settlements: Teach-In

At Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston


Why does the organization that claims to represent the Chicago Jewish community send money to anti Muslim extremists and violently anti Muslim West Bank settlements? Come to the JVP Chicago teach-in about what Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago - JUF is up to and how we can make it stop.

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2:45 PM14:45

Monthly Chicago Chapter Meeting


Working Groups and New Member Orientation: 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Chapter Meeting: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Big Conversation: Police and Prison Abolition 101 with Critical Resistance. As more of our work touches on policing and prisons in the U.S. and Palestine, we're going to be oriented by folks involved in this movement to set us up for a deeper conversation at our December meeting.



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6:30 PM18:30

A World w/o Police: Part 1 "History of Policing

In the evening in Noble Square.  Specific time and place information will be sent to those who register at

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Want to know why so many Chicagoans are calling for police reform or abolition? Come to SURJ's first "A World Without Police" workshop: "A History of Policing in Chicago, from 1850 to the 2017." We'll explain the racist origins of policing in the United States, study how, decade after decade, the police have systemically targeted black and brown Chicagoans, learn about failed attempts to reform the CPD , and explore how black and brown Chicagoans have led efforts to hold Chicago police accountable for their unconstitutional and violent actions. Led by activists and historians, the workshop will take us to the present moment, addressing ongoing CPD and ICE cooperation, as well as plans for the new police academy


This is the first in a 3-part series, designed to 1) explain why Chicago needs police abolition, 2) introduce Chicagoans to what police abolition looks like in practice (both systemically and individually) and 3) help Chicagoans participate in abolitionist campaigns. 

- Admission is free. 

- The workshop will be held in Noble Square. Location information will be released to participants 3-4 days before the event. 

- The location is accessible via the Blue Line, the Milwaukee Bus, Division Bus, & Ashland Bus and there is on-street parking.

- There is a ramp available (upon request) to provide access over the one step into the building. 

- The location has one gender-inclusive bathroom, but that bathroom is not ADA compliant.

- SURJ-Chicago is a multracial, LGBTQIA-affirming, gender-inclusive organization. The faciliators for this workshop include white, cis-gender females.

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to Sep 19

Tell JUF and ADL: No State Violence and Hate in 5778!


Monday morning, 9/18
Tuesday afternoon, 9/19
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The Days of Awe - the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - are a time for reflection and accountability. Join us to blow the shofar, envision a sweet new year filled with liberation, and demand that institutions in our community end their complicity with racism and state violence from the U.S. to Palestine!  

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6:30 PM18:30

Deadly Exchange Teach-In

Location 637 S. Dearborn


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Join us to explore the Deadly Exchange between U.S. and Israel: one of the most dangerous places where the regimes of Trump and Netanyahu converge by bringing together police, ICE, border patrol, and FBI from the US with soldiers, police, border agents, etc. from Israel. 

In these programs, “worst practices” are shared to promote and extend discriminatory and repressive policing in both countries. These include extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, police murders, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportation and detention, and attacks on human rights defenders.

Learn about JVP's National Campaign to end these exchanges and join communities in Chicago, the United States, Israel, and Palestine in reimagining safety. RSVP here

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2:45 PM14:45

Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago Monthly Chapter Meeting

Working Groups and New Member Orientation 2:45 - 3:45 pm
Chapter Meeting 4:00 - 5:30
Location TBA to members/upon RSVP

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Want to connect with other folks active in JVP here in Chicago, and learn how you can get more involved? Become a member of JVP for only $18 a year, and RSVP here to join us at our next chapter meeting on September 10! 

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12:00 PM12:00

Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild. (R3) Against White Supremacy

Stephen Douglas's Tomb, 636 E. 35th Street, Chicago, IL
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Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago is a member of the Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild. Coalition (R3), an anti-racist group of 32 progressive organizations and labor unions determined to push back on the local and state level against a right wing agenda that threatens our values, our communities and our lives.

Join R3 this Saturday as part of a national Day of Action against white supremacy.

White supremacy has been ever-present in the history of the United States. The overt pronouncements of anti-Black racism, antisemitism, and nazism at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville were an appalling display of the dangerous ideologies emboldened by the Trump presidency. 

We honor and are grateful for all those who stood up so bravely against the attempt to terrorize Black people, Jews, and communities of color in Charlottesville. As a multiracial Jewish organization, we are more committed today than ever to help build the numbers of people standing up and fighting back. We will keep fighting antisemitism, white supremacy and Islamophobia. We will show up for each other wherever we need to be.

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4:30 PM16:30

Aqsa under Attack. Downtown Rally and March

As we move further into the 50th year of Israel's Occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Palestinians organized a week of nonviolent mass mobilization in Jerusalem to push back against moves by the Israeli government to strengthen its hold over Al Aqsa Mosque. In response, Israeli Occupation Forces cracked down with tear gas, dogs, and bullets. Israel is now seeking to install "smart" cameras with facial recognition technology throughout the compound that are justifiably being interpreted as an extension of the mass surveillance Palestinians already face throughout every aspect of their lives.

Check out this more comprehensive summary of events from Ir Amim and this one from American Muslims for Palestine, and join us on Friday at the Coalition for Justice in Palestine's march and rally on Friday!

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5:00 PM17:00

Chicago Teachers Union and USPCN Report-Back from Palestine

CTU Headquarters, 1901 W. Carroll, Chicago

Don't miss this important report-back and update from the ground from Jen Johnson and Jackson Potter of the Chicago Teachers Union and from activists at the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), who have been fighting Trump's Muslim Ban and supported the recent hunger strike by Palestinian Political prisoners. Sponsored by Chicago Teachers Union, U.S. Palestinian Community Network and Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago.

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6:00 PM18:00

Deadly Exchange Walking Tour

This will be a literal walking tour in downtown Chicago that will map out the presence and impact of the exchanges. This is part internal education, part catalyzing of public discussion, as we'll also be live-tweeting etc...and doing some media outreach around a really creative approach to this campaign!

Please RSVP here if you can make it for this first iteration

Details still to be determined. 

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9:00 PM21:00

The Disappearance of Yemenite Children in Israel

Co-sponsored by Tzedek Chicago and Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago

St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square
2837 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago
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Recent reports have confirmed the long-held suspicion that foul play was involved of the disappearance of thousands of children in Israel from 1948-1960. Story in Israel HaYom, and story covering protests in wake of the revelations in +972 Mag here.

When these children, mostly children of Yemenite immigrants to Israel, disappeared in medical facilities, their parents were told they died but were never given confirmation. The shocking truth is that, unbeknownst to their parents, these children were subjected to racially-motivated medical experiments.

Jay Stanton (Rabbinical Intern at Tzedek Chicago) and Lesley Williams (member of the Jewish Voice for Peace's Network Against Islamophobia) will help us understand the myths and facts of Israel's treatment of Yemenite Jews, what these experiments tell us about the role of racism in the establishment of Israel, and present-day efforts to combat racism and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment. 

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6:00 PM18:00

Deadly Exchange: An Introduction to the Campaign

Tuesday, June 27, 6 pm - 8 pm
637 S. Dearborn, Chicago
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Join us for our first event introducing the Deadly Exchange campaign in Chicago. You'll learn about the basics about what the exchanges are, what participants learn on them, who organizes them, and why they are so destructive to communities of color in the United States and to Palestinians. Join us as we begin the conversation on how to end these deadly exchanges and build the kind of safety we need in our communities! RSVP here

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6:00 PM18:00

Candlelight Vigil For Nabra And All Victims Of State Violence

50 W Adams St, Chicago

From Take On Hate and a coalition of organizations: "The murder of our young Muslim sister Nabra Hassanen has horrified our community. This tragic loss of life comes at a time of increasing acts of violence and hate against Muslims, mosques and other people of faith and houses of worship in the United States and abroad. This terrible act of violence can’t be separated from the current political moment, a moment where Black lives are under increased attack and where bigots like Nabra’s murderer are emboldened by the anti-Black, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim rhetoric." RSVP on Facebook here

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5:45 PM17:45

#SayHerName & Finsbury Park Vigil

57th & Calumet, Assata's Daughters Garden

From CAIR-Chicago and Assata's Daughters and a coalition or organizations: "This isn't just a vigil for Charleena Lyles and Nabra Hassanen. But a vigil for all BLACK / Muslim womxn and femmes harmed and killed by intra-community and state sanctioned violence, domestically and abroad. 

We understand the deep intersections of anti-Black racism and anti-Muslim racism, and that anti-Black racism is a root of Islamophobia, core to the foundation of the U.S.A. We also understand that it is the last 10 days of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims across the globe." RSVP on Facebook here. 


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11:00 AM11:00

Defy Trump, Defend Sanctuary For All Rally in Chicago

Daley Plaza (Across the street from Chicago City Hall)
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Even as we reject Deadly Exchanges between the U.S. and Israel, we need to support the broader movement raising up visions of real safety and security for all.

That's why we hope we'll see many of you on Thursday to support a rally organized by a powerful coalition of organizations in defense of amendments to the Welcoming City Ordinance - Chicago's Sanctuary City Ordinance - that would strengthen the policy and make sure that no immigrants are excluded from protections. Organizers are pushing for real protection from deportations for all immigrants as well as to ensure City Council doesn't make it more difficult to hold police officers accountable for abuse and corruption. 

Hope to see you on Thursday - RSVP +  more information on Facebook!

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6:00 PM18:00

The Road to Abolition: An Introduction to Prison Industrial Complex Abolition

With Critical Resistance and the Chicago Community Bond Fund
Thursday, June 8, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
637 S. Dearborn, Chicago
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As we take on Deadly Exchange, we need to partner with and support organizations and communities that have been leading the work against policing and for real safety. That's why we're joining other organizations in co-sponsoring the Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF)'s event hosing Jess Healey of Critical Resistance for an introduction to prison industrial complex abolition. This workshop will be one of many leading up to a larger panel discussion in November led by Angela Y. Davis and Ruthie Wilson Gilmore. Critical Resistance is a national organization dedicated to building a movement to abolish the prison industrial complex and end our reliance on imprisonment, policing and surveillance.

This workshop is an amazing opportunity to explore the ways in which an abolitionist framework can inform our Deadly Exchange campaign, and for us to learn more about how Deadly Exchange fits into the wider work against policing and deportations. 

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8:00 AM08:00

No Way To Treat A Child: Congressional Briefing Livestream Breakfast, Viewing, Analysis, Action

Thursday, June 8, 8:00 AM
Grace Place, Chicago


Join us in viewing a live streamed Congressional briefing exploring 50 years of Israeli occupation and its unending, dire effect on Palestinians living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Following the briefing, engage in discussion and next steps. It says a lot about the state of policing in the United States that many police departments look to the Israeli military as a guide, given the systematic incarceration of children you'll learn about at this event. 

Light breakfast will be served.

• American Friends Service Committee – Chicago
• Friends of Sabeel – North America
• Interfaith Action Group
• Jewish Voice for Peace -- Chicago
• Middle East Task Force of Chicago Presbytery
• US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

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