The nature of big tent coalitions is that groups with various ideas and missions combine together for a greater good.
Such was the character of the Women’s March in Washington in January 2017.
Many leaders of the 2017 Women’s March exhibited virulent anti-Semitism, and anti-Israel beliefs; and they wanted Jewish women pushed out of leadership positions. Leaders preached intersectionality and wanted only Women of Color as leaders.
But many looked the other way in order to support a larger mission.
Now, as the Women’s March approaches in January 2019, many Jews and progressives are debating whether to ENGAGE the leaders of The March, even if they preach BDS and show love and support hate-mongers, or REJECT the leaders and The March.
I heard people more eloquent than I push for ENGAGEMENT; they shared stories of how over years, through engagement, they convinced haters to be accepters.
I am voting for REJECTION.
If you bend over too much, you break. Turning your cheek too much will eventually break your neck.
I am therefore supporting the Zioness movement which has created a tent of others to have a teach-in and their own inclusive march: The Women’s March Alliance.
You can join a teach in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, January 13, 2019, in partnership with Jewish Center for Justice, Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, the Anti-Defamation League, JQ International, University Synagogue, the Poor People’s Campaign, the Women’s March LA, and others. Details are HERE. Some of the featured speakers include Rabbi Denise Eger, Rabbi Noah Farkas, Pastor Edie Anderson, and Rabbi Joel Simonds.
You can join a teach in Manhattan on January 17, 2019, in partnership with A Wider Bridge, the Anti-Defamation League, the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Women’s March Alliance, JCRC New York, and others. Details are HERE. One of the featured speakers is U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
You can join a teach in Washington, DC on January 15, 2019, in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, A Wider Bridge the JCRC of Greater Washington, and others. Details are HERE. Some of the featured speakers include Ann Lewis, Mercy Morganfield and Elizabeth Birch.