Progressive Jewish Groups Kick Off Two Days of Protest and Activism at Republican National Convention

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New York City Progressive Jewish Groups Kick Off Two Days Of Protest And Activism At The Republican National Convention

NEW YORK CITY, AUGUST 26, 2004: Progressive Jewish organizations will host a series of events during the Republican National Convention this week, supporting hundreds of Jews from around the country to take to the streets with a rallying cry of “elephants aren’t kosher.” The events will respond to Republican inroads among Jewish voters – a once solidly Democratic bloc – as well as drawing links between Jewish values and support for workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice. The events are organized by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) and will be held in New York City on August 29th and 30th organized by Jews For Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ.)

JFREJ Director Dara Silverman explains why her group is protesting. “Jewish Republicans are an oxymoron. The Torah, the Jewish bible, affirms over and over again how Jews must stand up for progressive values like immigrant rights and living wages. That is the essence of our religion and our cultures.”

At 9:00am on August 29th, JFREJ will kick off its two days of protest with a rousing political breakfast at the Workmen’s Circle (45 East 33rd Street at Madison) featuring an interactive training session about Jewish and progressive values. Next, armed with pink elephants, musical instruments including shofars and drums, and Jewish tunes of revolution and tradition, hundreds of activists will bring their message to the streets in marches organized by United for Peace and Justice and Still We Rise on August 29th and 30th. Organizers also plan a spirited protest during the “Salute to the Republican Congress,” an event sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Republican National Convention, at 3:30pm on August 30th at the Plaza Hotel.

All events are open to the public. The breakfast and the Jewish contingent in both marches are organized by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ), and co-sponsored by Tekiah: A Jewish Call to Action (Boston), the Workmen’s Circle, the Shalom Center, Jews Against the Occupation NYC and others.