Action Network

Combating Hate and Bigotry

The safety of the Jewish community is inextricably tied up in the safety of other marginalized groups. Efforts to promote hate and bigotry not only harm the targets, but fundamentally undercut the safety and rights of each and every community.

And yet hate of all forms, including antisemitism, has surged across the United States in recent years, highlighting the critical need to improve tracking, response to, and prevention of hate crimes, violence, discrimination, and the spread of online hate and disinformation.

JCPA’s Combating Hate and Bigotry Action Network is mobilizing to counter antisemitism, white supremacy, racism, xenophobia, anti-LGBTQ hate, misogyny, Islamophobia, and all forms of hate and bigotry – and working to build strong bridges between communities that will allow all of us to thrive.

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Support the Countering Antisemitism Act

At a moment when antisemitism is being normalized in new and dangerous ways, comprehensive implementation of the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism is more important than ever – and the Countering Antisemitism Act plays a critical role in moving it forward.

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Urge Your Representative to Protect Students

The Showing Up for Students Act would provide $280 million in additional funding for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) – the office responsible for protecting the civil rights of students, including Jewish, Muslim, Black, LGBTQ+, and immigrant students.

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Urge Your Representatives to Support Efforts to Improve Hate Crimes Reporting

In order to effectively counter rising hate, we need comprehensive laws that improve hate crimes reporting. Ultimately, behind every hate crime statistic is a person targeted for no other reason than their identity. Urge your representatives to support this bill and take meaningful action to address this national problem.

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Issue Areas

Steering Committee

The Combating Hate & Bigotry Action Network’s priorities are guided by a steering committee that brings together JCPA and JCRC professionals and lay leaders, as well as national partner organizations.

Co-Chairs

Brandon Fish, Director of Community Relations, Charleston Jewish Federation
Kiyomi Kowalski, JCPA Board Member

Members:

​​Nadia Aziz, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Stacy Burdett, JCPA Board Member
Jon Cohen, Keshet
Elizabeth Cullen, Hadassah
Megan Black, Western States Center
Adina Epelman, Hillel International
Lisa Epstein, JCRC of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio
Ethan Felson, A Wider Bridge
Arlene Fickler, JCPA Board Member
Meggie Fredman, American Jewish Committee
Carlos Galindo-Elvira, JCRC of Greater Phoenix
Rachel Graber, Jewish Women International
Ryan Greer, Bedrock USA
Darcy Hirsh, National Council of Jewish Women
Rebecca Kirzner, HIAS
Ashira Konigsburg, Rabbinical Assembly
Michael Lieberman, Southern Poverty Law Center
Max Patashnik, JCRC of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
Tema Smith, ADL
Bruce Turnbull, JCPA Board Member
Eric Ward, Race Forward

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