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CA role in Mideast peace

J The Jewish News of Northern CaliforniaSusan George 4-15-2021 Those who follow California progressive politics have seen significant polarization around the Israel-Arab conflict. The state’s Democrats have spent more time on Israel and Palestine in certain committees of the California Democratic Party (CDP) than on any other issue. Progressive Zionists of California has worked hard …

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Register: Antisemitism Across the Political Spectrum

As we approach the 2021 California Democratic Party Convention, there is a need to fill in the gaps in education about antisemitism both within the California Democratic Party and in the general society. This webinar will provide a framework for learning about, defining, and better understanding antisemitism so that we can form broader coalitions to …

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Statement on Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Approval

Progressive Zionists of California Executive Director Susan George:  PZC would like to thank our supporters and partners, who joined forces over the last year and a half to ensure that the final version of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) addresses, rather than spreads, antisemitism.  In August 2019, the California Department of Education (CDE) released …

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Long Beach City College Board of Trustees Criticized for Not Voting on IHRA Resolution

Jewish Journal Aaron Bandler February 17, 2021 Jewish groups are criticizing the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees for not voting on a resolution adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism during their January 27 meeting. During the meeting, which was the same day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trustee Sunny …

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California progressives get pushback on Zionism ‘litmus test’

J The Jewish News Rachel Raskin-Zrihen FEBRUARY 9, 2021 Agroup of liberal Zionists based in Solano County is organizing against what its members see as an effort within the progressive wing of the state Democratic Party to ostracize supporters of Israel. The Progressive Zionists of California announced Jan. 26 that it had launched a petition …

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CSUN Prof Allegedly Calls ADL a White Supremacist Organization

Jewish ournal Aaron Bandler Feb. 2021 Theresa Montaño, a professor at California State University Northridge, appeared to call the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) a white supremacist organization during a February 2 webinar. The webinar, titled “The Fight for Ethnic Studies” and hosted by the Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), featured various ethnic studies advocates voicing their displeasure …

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Lingering Concerns about Progressive Caucus Litmus Test

Progressive Zionists of California (PZC) remains deeply concerned about the litmus tests of Jews and allies contained in the Progressive Delegates Network questionnaire. On January 26, 2020, the day before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we launched an email campaign, Tell CADEM Leadership to Oppose Dangerous Litmus Tests, which so far has received over 170 responses. …

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CA Progressive Zionists Decry “Anti-Israel” Test in Questionnaire

Jewish Journal Aaron Bandler January 27, 2021 Susan George, the executive director of PZC, said in a statement to the Journal, “As progressive Zionists we stand for a more progressive vision for California, especially at a time when so many people are falling through the cracks due to the pandemic, lack of health care, housing …

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