Feb
16
4:00 PM16:00

Tell Israel - Stop the Deportations

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Join us this Friday, 2/16 to stop the forced deportations of African refugees from Holot Detention Center, the first set of which the Israeli government is scheduled to begin within a few days. An estimated 40,000 refugees are facing forced removal to Rwanda or other African countries where they will face persecution, violence, enslavement, or death.

African refugees facing deportation will be protesting, and the Jews of Color Caucus Organizing in Partnership with JVP has issued a call for protests and vigils in solidarity in the U.S. and around the world.

RSVP on Facebook and share widely to join us this Friday, February 16, at 4:00 pm at 500 W. Madison St.

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Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

Deconstructing Anti-Semitism with Treyf Podcast's Sam and David

CANCELLED!

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Chicago Freedom School - 719 S. State St., 4th Floor

Co-sponsored with Tzedek Chicago

Join us for a workshop on Anti-Semitism, facilitated by Sam Bick and David Zinman of the Treyf Podcast!

Sam and David will lead us in a discussion on today’s dominant framework for understanding Anti-Semitism in North America. Together we will discuss the failures of this framework and how to work toward clearer understandings of the ways anti-Jewish marginalization intersects and interacts with other systems of oppression.

The workshop will address 3 main questions:

— What is the dominant framework for understanding Anti-Semitism?
— How does this framework fail us and our allies?
— How can we bring a more intersectional understanding of Anti-Semitism into our political work?

This workshop is structured to be a conversation among Jewish leftists but everyone is welcome to participate!

Location is wheelchair-accessible

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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!

We'll get exact details out well in advance of the date to those who RSVP here

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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!

We'll get exact details out well in advance of the date to those who RSVP here

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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!

We'll get exact details out well in advance of the date to those who RSVP here

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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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