Fight the Right: no Nazis in our community

 In Action Alerts, Antisemitism and White Supremacy, Baltimore, MD, Maryland State, Montgomery County, MD, racial equity, Washington, DC

One year ago, neo-Nazis and other white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, killing Heather Heyer z”l and spewing hatred of Jews and people of color. On Sunday, they are coming to DC to commemorate that anniversary. We denounce their bigotry not only as Jews, but as allies working in solidarity with other groups targeted by this deplorable mob. We fight together with residents across this region against racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and all other forms of hatred.

A number of local and national groups are organizing responses to the rally this weekend.

JUFJ is hosting a conversation about antisemitism and white supremacy on Thursday, August 9 at 6:30 PM in our DC office, and programs on Tuesday, August 14 in Baltimore and Silver Spring to process events of the weekend. We are also sharing a variety of community responses that you may want to attend.

This list will expand as details are finalized for additional responses.

Events before Sunday

Agape March from NY to Washington
Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 12

JUFJ Antisemitism discussion and art build
Thursday, August 9, 6:30 PM
JUFJ DC Office
1100 H St NW Suite 630
Washington, DC 20005

Teach-In and Interfaith Vigil with Eleanor Holmes Norton and Jamie Raskin
Friday, August 10, 3:00 PM
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC

Shabbat Service: A Shabbat of Peace
Friday, August 10, 6:00 PM
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC

“Return Again” Shabbat Services
Friday, August 10, 6:30 PM
Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec St NW
Washington, DC

Events on Sunday

Hate Not Welcome: No Unite the Right 2
Sunday, August 12, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Freedom Plaza
Washington, DC

A group at this event is organizing a visibly Jewish contingent to march from Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Square to more directly confront the white supremacists & Nazis. They will be wearing Jewish garb, carrying Jewish resistance art, and singing Jewish liberation music. If you’re interested in being a part of this contingent, join the meet-up at 3:10 PM in the park near 15th & Pennsylvania NW (right near the Capital BikeShare Dock). There will be a clear division between the end of the rally and the start of the march. You should not come on the march if you do not want to be put in a potentially confrontational situation, as it will end in the same space as the white supremacist rally.

There will also be a trauma-informed processing space for Jewish folks on Sunday at 7:00 P.M. There will be a facilitated series of exercises with a Jewish trauma expert as well as an option for un-facilitated community time. There will also be snacks! Email Leanne Gale at leanne.rebecca.gale@gmail.com for more information about this march or processing space.

Travel from Baltimore to Hate Not Welcome: No Unite the Right 2
Sunday, August 12, 9:30 AM
Penn Station
Baltimore, MD

United to Love: Stand Together Against All Forms of Hate
Sunday, August 12, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
National Mall – 4th St NW
Washington, DC

Please note, the white supremacists plan to march from Foggy Bottom to Lafayette Park. Last year’s rally involved deadly violence. If you are planning to be near their route, please take appropriate precautions to protect yourself and those with you.

Events after Sunday

JUFJ Baltimore Community Convening
Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 PM
Baltimore, MD

JUFJ DC/MoCo Community Gathering
Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 PM
Silver Spring, MD

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