Posted on May 4, 2016
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Last week, the Israel Action Network (IAN) partnered with JCPA and the JCRC of San Francisco for a webinar that explored the concept of intersectionality and how it relates to the Jewish and pro-Israel community.
According to David Bernstein, President & CEO of JCPA, in his op-ed on the subject, “Intersectionality holds that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and homophobia — constitute an intersecting system of oppression. In this worldview, a transcendent white, male, heterosexual power structure keeps down marginalized groups. Uniting oppressed groups, the theory goes, strengthens them against the dominant power structure.”
On the webinar, Ilana Kaufman, JCRC Pace Director, East Bay; Joe Goldman, JCRC Pace Manager, San Francisco; and Aimee Ellis, JCRC Community Engagement Manager discussed intersectionality as a theory, a lived reality, and as an event. They also shared stories in which intersectionality was successfully employed to build coalitions and ended with an informative question and answer session. If you weren’t able to join the webinar, you can view it by clicking here.