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JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE-BOSTON TO JOIN MARCH AGAINST TRUMP APPOINTEE STEPHEN BANNON
Dozens of groups mobilize after Harvard Kennedy School of Government invites white nationalist Stephen Bannon; March still on after Bannon cancels appearance
WHAT: White nationalist Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News, recently appointed as a chief advisor to President-Elect Trump, was scheduled to attend a two-day conference at Harvard Kennedy School of Government but cancelled the day before on November 29th. His cancellation came as a large protest was organized, cosponsored by dozens of local social justice organizations. The protest was not cancelled. All the groups are united under the message of refusing to normalize the agenda of Bannon and others who have been appointed to Trump’s administration.
WHO: Student and community activists representing dozens of local organizations. A full list of cosponsors can be found on the Facebook event page which has over 1,000 RSVPed as attending. Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) – Boston is one of the cosponsors of the protest.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 30th, 5:00 PM
WHERE: JFK Park, 87 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
WHY: Bannon was the executive chairman of one of the country’s most prominent far-right news sources, Breitbart News. Bannon has used his platform for constant and dangerous attacks against people of color, women, Muslims, LGBTQ people, immigrants, Jewish people, and people with disabilities: groups that already face structural violence in the United States.
As one of Trump’s first moves, the appointment of Bannon affirms the President-Elect will attempt to follow through on the most dangerous promises that brought him to office, including a pledge to ban Muslims from entering the country and plans to forcefully deport immigrants by the millions.
One longtime JVP-Boston member shared why she is protesting: “As the daughter of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, I am shocked that the incoming administration is full of white supremacists and Islamophobes. I was raised on the mantra: ‘Never again’. For us this meant ‘Never again for anyone.’” said Elsa Auerbach resident of Boston and Professor Emerita at UMass Boston.
This is the second time in two weeks protesters have apparently scared away Bannon from attending a major event. On November 20th, Bannon was scheduled to attend a Zionist Organization of America gala, but cancelled last minute when several hundred protesters, including Jewish activists from JVP and If Not Now showed up to oppose his bigotry, including his antisemitism. Nationally, 35,000 JVP supporters have spoken out against Bannon and against groups like the Jewish Federation of North America, who have refused to denounce Bannon.
JVP Boston will be carrying a banner with members of the Muslim Justice League that reads:
Jews & Muslims United
We Refuse to Normalize Fascism
We Will Resist
For more information, see press statement at the bottom of the event description from our partners.