JCPA’s Leadership in Combating White Supremacy and Hate

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The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has been at the forefront in opposing racism, bigotry, and xenophobia for decades. Following recent events related to Charlottesville, JCPA’s has been leading its network to ensure that the Jewish community is safe physically and connected politically by standing in solidarity with other targeted groups to counter hate. We are organizing and mobilizing our 125 Jewish community relations councils—our force on the ground in nationwide efforts to combat white supremacy.

At this crucial moment:

  • JCPA has recently convened a number of meetings for its JCRC professionals, board members, and high-level representatives from our national agencies to coordinate the Jewish community’s approach to combating extremism in the United States.
  • We are working with our Jewish community relations councils to call on local officials to oppose anti-Muslim rallies planned for September 9 in over 50 cities across the nation.
  • JCPA is mobilizing its network of JCRCs and working with its interfaith and secular partners to take powerful collective actions.
  • JCPA and its partners are helping to facilitate sister events (on October 1) related to the March for Racial Justice, promoting the inclusion of Jewish voices and the leadership of Jewish community relations network.
  • At our upcoming Fall Meeting, we are holding a strategic consultation on the Jewish response to emboldened white supremacy in America.


JCPA Speaks Out

  • Our Role in Combating White Nationalism, a message from David Bernstein, President and CEO of JCPA – For the security of the Jewish community and in solidarity with other targeted communities, we must take a leading role in combating anti-Semitism, white nationalism, and intolerance in all its forms.
  • JCPA Condemns White Supremacist Violence in CharlottesvilleWe urge President Trump to directly denounce, in no uncertain terms and without equivocation, the white nationalist marchers and to make fighting hate a number one priority of his administration. Leadership must begin at the top.
  • After Charlottesville, Jews Move From Angst to Action (NY Jewish Week) – “We and other Jewish groups are coordinating behind the scenes to develop strategies about what we ought to do collectively and individually to counter the threat of white supremacy. We’re feeling the effects of living in a very polarized society in which [those on] the right become righter and [those on] the left become more leftist and anti-Semites are on both extremes. … We’re going to be asking ourselves what alliances need to be built with other societal and civic groups, what kind of public advocacy needs to take place, and — first and foremost — the nature of the threat,” said Bernstein.


JCPA Speaks Out in Coalition 

  • Over 200 Groups Warn Mayors: Don’t Be the Next Charlottesville (Muslim Advocates Press Release) – In advance of the September ACT for America anti-Muslim rallies, which they were forced to cancel, JCPA and many in its network of JCRCs joined Muslim Advocates, the Center for New Community, and over 200 other groups in urging mayors to “unequivocally condemn white supremacist and anti-Muslim hatred and make it clear that bigotry and violence are not welcome” in their communities.
  • 129 Groups Urge Mayors to Disavow Anti-Muslim Marches (Muslim Advocates Press Release) – JCPA also joined Muslim Advocates in speaking out against previous ACT for America rallies that took place in June 2017.


We are proud of our work and that of our larger community relations network in fighting white supremacy and other forms of hate.


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