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Chanukah Solidarity March Against Islamophobia #KindleJustice

When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House • 24 Beacon St • Boston
Jews and allies standing against Islamophobia and racism invite you to join us as we rekindle our commitment to justice in 20 cities across the country to mark the holiday of Chanukah. 

Join us in as we march from the State House to say NO to Muslim registries, NO to state surveillance of the Muslim community, NO to more immigration restrictions, NO to racist hate speech and hate crimes, NO to Neo-Nazi antisemitism, and NO to racial and religious profiling. We call on Massachusetts elected officials to end existing surveillance programs like "Countering Violent Extremism" and not to implement Trump's Islamophobic policies in our state. We call for an end to racist policing #SayHerName#BlackLivesMatter. We honor indigenous rights and support the resistance led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their land and water.

On that day, Jewish communities in 20 cities across the country will gather to stand up and continue to fight back. We know from Jewish history how dangerous xenophobic and scapegoating rhetoric can be, and it pains us that institutions in our community continue to defend Israeli policy at the expense of Muslim and Jewish safety. Now, more than ever, we must pledge to challenge injustice and build a society rooted in love and dignity for all people and communities. A Trump presidency accelerates the need for a mass movement in solidarity with all those at risk. On December 21st, we will be standing together, #ReadyToResist.

As we raise up our candles, we will read aloud our nine commitments, including:

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 
8. WE WELCOME SYRIAN REFUGEES AND STAND STRONG FOR IMMIGRANTS’ AND REFUGEE RIGHTS

We hope you will stand with us on Dec. 21st---together, our calls for justice will reverberate across the country. 

Sponsored the Network Against Islamophobia, a project of Jewish Voice for Peace Boston

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