Matt's IfNotNow Fundraising Page

Matt's IfNotNow Fundraising Page

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Following the largest protest in American history the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the time has come to take the #JewishResistance to AIPAC’s doorstep. In this moment of crisis, we must be willing to dream big.

Donald Trump’s first year as president of the United States is also the 50th year of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. The Israeli government stands poised to make the occupation a permanent reality, and Trump has given every indication that Washington will support them.

The American Jewish establishment has proven itself wholly unequipped to deal with the crisis. It has remained silent in the face of Trump policies -- like the nomination of David Friedman as ambassador Israel and the planned move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem -- that will not only imperil democracy but inflame violence. It failed to register concern as anti-Semites, bigots, and misogynists became emboldened by Trump’s rise. And as we have long known, its defense of a status quo of endless occupation is a true moral disaster.

At the end of March, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will convene as they do yearly. The annual AIPAC policy conference is always a festival of pandering, with American politicians jockeying for who can pay higher lip-service to the U.S.-Israel “special relationship,” even as the human rights crisis in Israel and Palestine deepens. AIPAC has done more to further the occupation than any other American institution.

We plan to show up strongly and proudly with 2000 IfNotNow members to demonstrate publicly that young Jews are rising up to resist, reclaim, and reimagine our Jewish community. We do this not only for our own liberation, but also to further the liberation of others, particularly those whose oppression we are complicit in.  

We are arranging buses and travel for thousands to descend upon DC at the end of March to take part in this action. We are committed to subsidizing the cost of travel so that all members of our community are able to show up, without financial barriers.

I have pledged to fundraise to help get myself and ten other members of IfNotNow to DC for this critical moment of escalation.

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