There has never been a more important time amplify our collective Zioness voice

November 15, 2019

Zionesses, 

There has never been a more important time to unify and amplify our collective Zioness voice. Social, civic and political leaders are working to advance progressive values, and they are turning to Zioness as the ideological home of the vast majority of American Jews. When Jewish students are attacked and ostracized on American campuses because of their commitment to Jewish liberation (Zionism), they need to know there is a community that welcomes all of their authentic selves. When Jewish social justice activists want to participate in progressive movements for social change and are told "Zionists are not welcome here," they are looking for an activist community that welcomes both pieces of their identities: Zionist and progressive.

We will continue to show up and fight for a stronger, more equal and more welcoming America—as unabashedly progressive and unapologetically Zionist—and we hope that you and all your friends will join us.

Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Tell your friends and family members to sign up for our mailing list.

  • Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

  • Join your local chapter's Zioness Facebook group. We have over 30 chapters across the country, so spread the word to your interested friends in other cities so they can join as well. If you do not see a chapter in your city, email carly@zioness.org to get started!

  • Share, share, share all of the above!

Also, if you are paying attention to what is going on in Washington DC this week, you know we need to protect the integrity of the progressive movement so that it can be strong, powerful, and representative of all the marginalized among us. You know that we need to focus on the advancement of a bold progressive agenda, instead of dividing and destroying our movements with antisemitism and anti-Zionism.

In this newsletter: 

  • An urgent petition with signatures needed BY SUNDAY to call on the California Democratic Party to reject antisemitism and fight for a bold progressive agenda

  • A courageous and heartbreaking piece by Zioness activist and George Washington University student, Blake Flayton, about what he is facing on his campus as a progressive and a Zionist

  • Upcoming events including an American Zionist Movement and World Zionist Organization symposium in Washington DC featuring Director of Grassroots Organizing Carly Pildis alongside Professor Deborah Lipstadt, Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer; and US Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism, Elan Carr, among others.


With love and solidarity, 

Team Zioness

 

URGENT: Call on CA Democratic Party to Reject Antisemitism and Fight for a Bold Progressive Agenda

 

This week, the California Democratic Party (CDP) Convention will take place in Long Beach. Unfortunately, there are individuals within the CDP who are working to add incendiary and divisive amendments to the platform, designed to target and marginalize the Jewish community and demonize the world’s only Jewish state: a safe haven for a historically persecuted and marginalized community. In fighting for a change in U.S. foreign aid to Israel, these activists are putting Israeli, Palestinian, and American lives at risk. And in demanding a boycott of Israel––and no other country––these activists are dividing progressives and distracting from the advancement of a domestic agenda of which we can and should all be proud. 
 
The CDP convention will set the tone and agenda for the national Democratic Party. We cannot allow divisive amendments relating to one of history’s most complex conflicts to distract from the important work of uplifting and empowering oppressed communities and fighting for a more just and equitable United States of America.
 
Please sign AND SHARE this petition, urging the CDP Delegates to vote against amendments targeting the Jewish community. And then join us again tomorrow November 16th at the Facing Antisemitism Solidarity Rally in the lobby of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Click here for more information.

Event Recap

Zioness Rallies for DACA at SCOTUS

 

Zioness always stands in solidarity with immigrants and refugees. This we were proud to stand alongside and behind recipients of DACA and TPS on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States as it heard the case on these critical programs. No matter how the court rules, we will always stand with DACA recipients and continue to fight for a more just, equal and welcoming America for anyone who wants to be part of the American dream: We know that there is no American dream without DREAMers.

 

 

Click here or on the photo below and skip to ~00:40 and ~1:16 for a glimpse of our Director of Grassroots Organizing, Carly Pildis and Washington DC Zioness activist, AJ Campbell in this PBS NewsHour clip!

 

Executive Director Amanda Berman Speaks at Z3 Conference

Zioness Executive Director Amanda Berman was thrilled to participate in the nation’s largest conversation about Diaspora Jewry and Israel, the Zionism 3.0 (Z3) Conference at the Palo Alto JCC last weekend. She was proud to connect with inspiring conference attendees and speak alongside luminaries including Tzipi Livni, Yossi Klein Halevi, Bret Stephens, former Member of Knesset Rachel Azaria, and Yehuda Kurtzer, among others!

Amanda also spoke at a Z3 young professional's event at the iconic Manny's, a restaurant and social events space owned by Manny Yekutiel, whose Afghani Jewish and Zionist background has inspired his authentic progressive and Zionist activism. His space has been boycotted by radical antisemites claiming to own the progressive movement, despite his deep commitment to social justice and progressive values. It was an honor to speak in a space that is so dedicated to advocating for the important, progressive issues of our time, alongside a Zioness hero like Manny.

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

AZM-WZO Symposium on Anti-Zionism & Anti-Semitism
Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Embassy of Israel
3514 International Drive NW, Washington, DC

DC Zionesses: Join our inspiring Director of Grassroots Organizing, Carly Pildis at the American Zionist Movement and the World Zionist Organization's Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism Symposium! She will be speaking alongside Professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University and author of “Antisemitism: Here and Now”, Deborah Lipstadt; Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer; and US Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism, Elan Carr among others.

RSVP here for admission.

 

 

Must Read

 

On the Frontlines of Progressive Anti-Semitism
by Blake Flayton, Zioness activist and sophomore at George Washington University

 

We stand with courageous Zioness and student activist, Blake Flayton, and we are so glad he stands with us, too. Read his heartbreaking The New York Times op-ed about what he's facing at The George Washington University and then stand up, get involved in Zioness, and help us fight for our unabashedly progressive, unapologetically Zionist home.

 

"This is our new normal. On college campuses and in progressive circles across the country, it does not matter if you strongly oppose the right-wing leadership in Israel; if you are a Zionist, you are seen as the enemy. It does not matter if you think President Trump is a monster for smearing Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib; I have been branded “irredeemably problematic” on G.W.’s campus because of my unwillingness to unconditionally support their politics. It does not matter if you believe in the right of self determination for all people, including Palestinians; if you still feel a connection to the State of Israel as a homeland for the Jewish people, you are on the wrong side of history.

While white supremacists plot to murder Jews across this country, “anti-Zionists” on college campuses seek to marginalize us as white supremacists. Consider the fact that at the University of Virginia—where white supremacists marched through campus shouting “Jews will not replace us!”—it was Jewish students who were barred from joining a minority student coalition to fight white supremacy (that decision is under review)."

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