New Jewish Agenda Seattle Book Release Event
Monday July 30th, 7PM
at the Vera Project
Please join us for a reading and discussion with author Ezra Nepon to learn about the roots of today’s Jewish activism: the strategic experiments, challenges, and successes of New Jewish Agenda — and discuss how this history can inform activist work today. The history is not only relevant to those within Jewish communities, but all who work for justice and think about how movements build, evolve, and transform our world.
New Jewish Agenda was a national organization throughout the 1980’s that practiced participatory grassroots democracy with over 45 local chapters and 5,000 member. NJA’s slogan was “a Jewish voice among progressives and a progressive voice among Jews”, and they organized a progressive Jewish voice for every political issue of their decade: working for peace and justice in the Middle East and Central America, Worldwide Nuclear Disarmament, Economic and Social Justice in the US, and they had a powerful Jewish Feminist Taskforce that included work on LGBT issues and the emergence of the AIDS pandemic. New Jewish Agenda took radical stances on the rights of Palestinians and the rights of Queer Jews. Activists from a wide range of religious and secular communities coalesced, building power and analysis that continue to illuminate our movements today.
Books and Celebrate People’s History posters will be available for purchase. More info at http://newjewishagenda.net/