Jews Stand Up to Trump and White Supremacy in Chicago

August 20, 2017 - 2:15 PM

North Wabash Avenue and East Upper Wacker Drive

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This past weekend, our country witnessed a shocking display of violence and hatred that was fueled by white supremacy and anti-Semitism. As Jews, we know that we cannot take the threats of neo-Nazis and white supremacists lightly — we know the true dangers they pose.

Unfortunately, not only did Trump wait several hours to respond to the vicious hatred and terrorism shown in Charlottesville, but he sympathized with the white nationalists who carried torches, and he gave remarks so horrific that he was actually praised by the likes of David Duke and Richard Spencer.

The white supremacists and neo-Nazis heard his message loud and clear. But so did we.

We know Trump promotes racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic ideology. We know he fosters hate. We know he fosters violence.

But we will resist this hatred — and we will build our world with love.

Join us as we demonstrate that our Jewish community will not stand idly by as Trump’s messages fuel the hatred in our society. We know that this intolerance has been around in America for many years but that under this administration, bigots have been given a license to be more vocal and more violent.

We must stand together and strongly oppose white supremacy. We must stand together as Jews and allies and denounce anti-Semitism. We must stand together and oppose racism and white supremacy in all its nefarious forms.

On Sunday, August 20, at 2:15 p.m., we will gather near the northeast corner of North Wabash Avenue and East Upper Wacker Drive, on the south side of the Chicago River (near the Riverwalk, across the river from Trump International Hotel and Tower), to show that our generation of Jews stands firmly against white supremacy.

We will show up for ourselves, knowing that Jews are targets of white supremacists — and we will show up for others, knowing that queer people and people of color are most threatened by this violence. This rally will be a nonviolent demonstration against the current administration and the rise of white supremacy and anti-Semitism in our country.

Please let us know if you have any questions and/or if you have accessibility needs to attend this rally.

IfNotNow is a movement led by young Jews to transform the American Jewish community’s support for the Occupation into a call for freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians. https://ifnotnowmovement.org/