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TRAINING: JVP-NYC Living Room Convos, Practicing Anti-Racism

JVP-NYC Living Room Convos: Practicing Anti-Racism


Want a clear and condensed refresher on the region—a deeper understanding of the Nakba, the 1967 War, the Green Line, Area C, settlements, Oslo, the apartheid wall, Gaza, Palestinian resistance and so much more?

WHEN: Nov 10 - Nov 18, See below
WHERE: Provided upon RSVP

JVP-NYC and JVP National are in a process to align our work as an organization more explicitly with anti-racist values, principles and politics. To help us think more deeply about what this commitment will entail, we in the chapter’s Political Education team are delighted to invite you to participate in a new project: a set of living room discussions on the theme, Practicing Anti-Racism: What does aligning with anti-racist principles mean for JVP?

These discussions are designed to help us reach collective understandings (though not necessarily total agreement!) about the implications of a serious commitment to linking our ongoing work on justice in/for Palestine to an anti-racist and racial justice agenda.

  • What kinds of political analysis and practice might this generate? Through informal discussion and shared readings, we will consider such questions as: How can we more courageously interrupt the false campaigns of anti-semitism against people of color-led organizations and leaders?

  • What might we learn from historical antecedents regarding relations between Jews and people of color in New York City?

  • How can thinking about questions of racism and racial justice help us to realize our Palestine solidarity politics more fully?

  • How might it help us move forward and build productive alliances both in New York and in Israel/Palestine?

These living room discussions are not only an attempt to delve into these critical issues but also a way to give our chapter a smaller, more informal setting outside chapter meetings for engaging in the kinds of in-depth political discussions many of us have wanted to have. So we hope as many of you as possible will take this opportunity to join one of the groups planned for November. Our hope is that this first living room discussion will inspire a series, based on the interests of the participants.

After we hear from you, we will send some short selected readings designed to enrich the discussion as well as a more detailed agenda and directions for each location.

Please choose whichever date and location is most convenient for you from the list below and RSVP here.

Bronx (Norwood)
Saturday, November 10th, 1-3pm
Host: Pam Sporn
Facilitator: Jonathan Lessuck

Brooklyn (Park Slope)
Saturday, November 10, 4-6pm
Host: Sarah Sills
Facilitator: Esther Farmer

Brooklyn (Crown Heights)
Saturday, November 17th, 2pm
Host and facilitator: Noah Habeeb

Manhattan (UWS)
Sunday, November 18th, 3-5pM
Host and facilitator: Ros Petchesky