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ACT NOW: Keep important changes to the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum!

Important background: In August 2019, the California Department of Education (CDE) released the first draft of an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, which was roundly condemned by Jewish organizations.  Californians submitted thousands of public comments, community leaders and media spoke out, and CDE committed to rewrite the draft.  The CDE released the new draft on August …

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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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California progressives issue Zionism ‘litmus test,’ pro-Israel delegates say

J the Jewish News  RACHEL RASKIN-ZRIHEN  JANUARY 25, 2021 Is a California progressive political organization trying to weed out Zionists seeking leadership roles? It depends on whom you ask. In December, the Progressive Delegates Network, a statewide organization that promotes progressive candidates to the state Democratic Party’s Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs), distributed a questionnaire …

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Normalize this!

Times of Israel Matthew Finkelstein and Susan George The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party held a forum recently called “A Dialogue with Rising Activists, Xenophobia-Islamophobia-Transphobia-Colorism-Racism.” We noticed that antisemitism was left out of the mix and that no Jewish speakers were listed, but we figured antisemitism and other Jewish issues weren’t the focus, …

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ACT NOW: Tell CADEM Leadership to Oppose Dangerous Litmus Tests

The Progressive Delegates Network, a new project of the California Democratic Party’s  Progressive Caucus, distributed a questionnaire to potential candidates for the Assembly District election that asks them to disavow any restrictions on the “boycott, divestment, and/or sanction of countries that engage in routine human rights violations.” and that they endorse the right of return …

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