Finding Common Ground – Silence Is Not An Option



Finding Common Ground – Silence Is Not An Option

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

If you haven’t watched the powerful panel discussion hosted by Bend the Arc Jewish Action: Pittsburgh, on Thursday, July 23, in response to events surrounding antisemitic comments made by Black personalities last month, here’s your chance.

To follow up, we invite you with open arms, open hearts and open minds to an important Zoom Event on Thursday, August 27, 7-8 pm. featuring a panel discussion with Joycelyn Landrum-Brown of the Office of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion and Rabbi Ari Naveh of the Cohen Center for Jewish Life at U of I.   First, we’ll hear a CNN podcast Finding Common Ground – Silence Is Not An Option featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, historian Marc Dollinger and political strategist Ginna Green, former Bend the Arc Chief Strategy Officer. The discussion is hosted by CNN moderator Don Lemon who says”

In the wake of antisemitic comments from prominent Black athletes and entertainers, we examine the strong alliances and deeply ingrained tensions between the Black and Jewish communities. How does their solidarity during the 1960s civil rights movement inform these relationships today?

The podcast can be found at:

Following the podcast our panelists will answer questions related to building Black/Jewish solidarity in and from Champaign-Urbana.   

Please register for this important event by Friday, August 21.   You’ll receive a link to the Zoom meeting in a separate e-mail.      


In Solidarity,

Diane, Chair

Executive Committee

Bend the Arc:CU

Date & Time

August 27, 2020 at 7pm
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