I want to extend a personal invitation to our General Meeting of Bend the Arc: Champaign-Urbana on Monday, December 3rd at 7 pm at the Champaign Library, Room A, first floor. This will be our first meeting since the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. In my humble opinion, Pittsburgh changed everything for Jews everywhere.
We have 3 major initiatives to share with you. I think that you will want to participate in at least one of them in some way or another, and Monday will be a good opportunity for you to hear about them on the ground floor.
1. Bend the Arc Jewish Action has launched a #Defund Hate/Reject White Nationalism Campaign. We will be asking every single Congressman to swear to "unequivocally reject white nationalism and recognize it is a threat to individuals, communities, and American democracy itself" before taking the oath of office on January 3rd.
2. Ben Leroy will be presenting his project, "No Hate Radio." We are trying to pressure WDWS to stop airing 25 hours a week of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. There are several ways that you can become involved.
3. Terry Maher has begun to explore how we can call out the RNC for airing anti-Semitic ads against Betsy Londrigan and the Dems during the campaign. Come to help problem solve how we can fight back.
Jews everywhere are under attack, hate crimes are up for the third year in a row and twelve of our Jewish family are gone forever. Please come and see how you can join our work to combat Hate Crimes and Antisemitism everywhere.
All the Best and Happy Hanukkah,