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ITHACA, NY – The Ithaca Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace will host an event challenging Islamophobia and combating racism, on the Ithaca Commons, Saturday, December 12

 WHAT:  Protesting Islamophobia and racism, Jews and their allies rekindle their commitment  to justice in different cities across the country to mark the eight days of Hanukkah.

Activists will gather holding nine signs listing commitments to fighting injustice in the shape of a Hanukkah menorah. For each of the 8 nights, participants in different cities, including New York; Miami; Chicago; Washington, DC; New Haven; Portland (Oregon); Durham; Columbus; Seattle; Atlanta; Boston; Springfield; Ithaca (New York); and Denver will be holding up these signs and reading aloud each commitment in a public space. On the eighth and last night of Hanukkah, participants across the country will hold up the statements as we rekindle our commitments from city to city, from community to community, and from strength to strength.

WHO:  Ithaca Chapter, Jewish Voice for Peace.  Initiated by Jews Against Islamophobia in NYC (a coalition of Jewish Voice for Peace NY and Jews Say No!) with the Network Against Islamophobia, a project of Jewish Voice for Peace, a national membership organization inspire by Jewish tradition to work for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all the people; together with JVP chapters across the country.

WHEN:  Saturday, December 12, 1:30 – 2:45 pm  (for the 7th night of Hanukkah)

WHERE:  Ithaca Commons – behind Bernie Milton Pavilion (Seneca St. and Tioga St.)., moving at 2:30 to Dewitt Park

WHY:    As Jews, we believe that challenging Islamophobia and fighting against racism are part of our obligation within our communities and as partners in the broader struggle for justice and dignity for all peoples. Our commitments include: 1. We will not be silent about anti-Muslim and  racist hate speech and hate crimes; 2. We condemn state surveillance of the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities; 3. We challenge, through our words and actions, institutionalized racism and state-sanctioned anti-Black violence; 4.  We protest the use of Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism to justify Israel’s repressive policies against Palestinians; 5. We fight anti-Muslim profiling and racial profiling in all its forms; 6. We call for an end to racist policing #SayHerName #BlackLivesMatter; 7. We stand against U.S. policies driven by the ‘war on terror” that demonize Islam and devalue, target, and kill Muslims; and 8. We welcome Syrian refugees and stand strong for immigrants’ rights and refugee rights.

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at msmith@ithacavoice.com, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.