Alyssa's IfNotNow Fundraising Page 2017

Alyssa's IfNotNow Fundraising Page 2017

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Just over a year ago, in the midst of the post-election frenzy, I found myself at an IfNotNow protest at the Holocaust Memorial in downtown Boston to protest Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon as the White House's chief strategist. On that bitterly cold morning last November, I took action with 300 Jews and allies to make a clear statement that we resist antisemitism, racism, and white supremacy. 

Nine months later, in August 2017, just days after the deathly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Holocaust memorial in Boston was vandalized for the second time this year. This time, I helped organize an IfNotNow protest at the Holocaust Memorial with over 300 Jews and allies, saying, again, loud and clear, that we resist white supremacy, antisemitism, and racism in all forms.

The last year has been devastating. I never thought I would live in a world where I would hear the phrase "the next time there's a white supremacist rally.." I never thought that I would see leaders in the Jewish community openly endorse and align themselves with white supremacists out of the hope that these people who openly espouse racist and antisemitic views will somehow protect Israel and Jews. I never thought I would see so many people that I know and love in the Jewish community openly dehumanize Palestinians. 

But what I have been able to see is that there is another way: that we can rise from our collective trauma and fear and choose a different path. A path that both recognizes the pervasiveness and the impact of anti-Jewish oppression, and also sees that our struggle is connected to every struggle for liberation.

It has never felt like a more important time to take bold, moral action as a Jew. It is abundantly clear that as both the U.S. government and the Israeli government move to the right, American Jews must be the moral leadership that our community is failing to be in this critical moment. We cannot let another year go by in which we remain silent on Trump, silent on the Occupation, and silent on racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and all forms of bigotry directed at Jews and non-Jews alike. 

IfNotNow is what has given me hope in the last year: a movement of young Jews working to end our community's support for the Occupation and to stand against antisemitism and for freedom and dignity for all. We know that our liberation is bound up in the liberation of all people, including Palestinians, Israelis, people of color, queer people, disabled people, immigrants, women, and all others facing oppression.

In the next year, we are going to mobilize thousands of people to take action with us, and like everything in this world, movements take resources. Will you join me in making a contribution of at least $36 to IfNotNow's end-of-year fundraising campaign? I've committed to raising $500, and have already chipped in $36 to start.
I deeply believe that we are a critical moment in our community's history, and now is the time to make a choice. Are you with me on the side of freedom and dignity for all?

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