Finding Common Ground – Silence Is Not An Option
I hope you were able to watch the powerful panel discussion hosted by Bend the Arc Jewish Action: Pittsburgh, on Thursday, July 23, in response to recent events surrounding antisemitic comments made by DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles, and echoed by other Black personalities. Among featured speakers were Pittsburgh Steeler offensive tackle Zach Banner, Bend the Arc national organizer and training manager Graie Hagans, and hip-hop artist and 1Hood founder Jaseri X. If you missed it, you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcVHF43OzTTUTZZzZsr6LSw
Zach Banner was one of the earliest voices in the NFL to respond to Jackson's comments, emphasizing the interconnections between racism and antisemitism and calling for Black/Jewish solidarity at a time when some are trying to divide and distract the movement for social justice.
As we stated before the airing of this panel, Bend the Arc:CU longs to keep the discussion going in our own community. At a time when Blacks and Jews are threatened by white supremacy, some of which comes from within our own government, and when all marginalized groups need to unite, we must focus on the imperative to stand simultaneously against racism and antisemitism. We believe that only through solidarity can we move forward and create a true multiracial society where we all can thrive. We hope you agree.
To that end, we invite you with open arms and open hearts to an important Zoom Event on Thursday, August 13, 7-8 pm Central, entitled Finding Common Ground – Silence Is Not An Option. This discussion will begin with a 30 minute CNN podcast of the same name featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who recently penned an article on this topic, as well as historian Marc Dollinger and political strategist Ginna Green, former Bend the Arc Chief Strategy Officer. The discussion is hosted by CNN moderator Don Lemon. Here’s a description of the podcast:
”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?”
We hope that this podcast prompts a meaningful discussion about the ways in which our lives are intertwined and how much we have to learn about and from each other. I’m feeling hopeful and grateful for this opportunity
You will receive a link to the Zoom meeting prior to the starting time.
Diane Ore, Chair