Jan
21
2:45 PM14:45

Monthly Chapter Meeting

SEIU Healthcare - 2229 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA

2:45 - 3:45 - Working Groups and New Member Orientation

4:00 - 5:30 - Regular Meeting - Zionism Discussion, Part II - a continuation of our discussion of JVP's position on Zionism.   You DON'T have to be an expert on Zionism to participate. Far from it - a big part of this is seeing what the range of familiarity with it as a concept, ideology, movement, etc...is. . 

Please RSVP here to let me know if you're joining and whether you'll be at one of the working group meetings.

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Dec
10
2:45 PM14:45

Monthly Chapter Meeting

SEIU Healthcare - 2229 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA

2:45 - 3:45 - Working Groups and New Member Orientation

4:00 - 5:30 - Regular Meeting - Zionism Policy Process - a discussion of JVP's position on Zionism.   You DON'T have to be an expert on Zionism to participate. Far from it - a big part of this is seeing what the range of familiarity with it as a concept, ideology, movement, etc...is. But if you want to read up or watch the previous webinars that have been taking place, materials are available here

Please RSVP here to let me know if you're joining and whether you'll be a one of the working group meetings.

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Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion - On Anti-Semitism (Evanston)

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Description:In this collection of essays curated by Jewish Voice for Peace, a broad range of activists, movement theorists, and public figures grapple with these critical questions about contemporary antisemitism. It provides an essential tool for Palestinian solidarity activists, educators, and Jewish communities. Featuring contributions from Omar Barghouti, Judith Butler, and Rebecca Vilkomerson, as well as other activists, scholars, students, and cultural workers, On Antisemitism includes the voices of those who are often marginalized in mainstream discussions of antisemitism. Sign up to join a discussion group below! We're capping participation for each at 20 - don't worry, we'll organize more groups!

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Dec
3
3:00 PM15:00

JUF - Defund Islamophobia, Defund Settlements: Teach-In

At Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston

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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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Dec
3
12:30 PM12:30

Book Discussion - On Anti-Semitism (Hyde Park)

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Description:In this collection of essays curated by Jewish Voice for Peace, a broad range of activists, movement theorists, and public figures grapple with these critical questions about contemporary antisemitism. It provides an essential tool for Palestinian solidarity activists, educators, and Jewish communities. Featuring contributions from Omar Barghouti, Judith Butler, and Rebecca Vilkomerson, as well as other activists, scholars, students, and cultural workers, On Antisemitism includes the voices of those who are often marginalized in mainstream discussions of antisemitism. Sign up to join a discussion group below! We're capping participation for each at 20 - don't worry, we'll organize more groups!

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Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion - On Anti-Semitism (Lakeview)

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Description:In this collection of essays curated by Jewish Voice for Peace, a broad range of activists, movement theorists, and public figures grapple with these critical questions about contemporary antisemitism. It provides an essential tool for Palestinian solidarity activists, educators, and Jewish communities. Featuring contributions from Omar Barghouti, Judith Butler, and Rebecca Vilkomerson, as well as other activists, scholars, students, and cultural workers, On Antisemitism includes the voices of those who are often marginalized in mainstream discussions of antisemitism. Sign up to join a discussion group below! We're capping participation for each at 20 - don't worry, we'll organize more groups!

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Nov
12
2:45 PM14:45

Monthly Chicago Chapter Meeting

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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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Oct
11
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 https://goo.gl/R3nGuL

Event Description:

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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Sep
18
to Sep 19

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

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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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Sep
13
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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Sep
10
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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Aug
19
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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Jul
28
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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Jul
21
5:00 PM17:00

Chicago Teachers Union and USPCN Report-Back from Palestine

CTU Headquarters, 1901 W. Carroll, Chicago
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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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Jul
13
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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Jul
8
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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Jun
27
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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Jun
22
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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