Days before Chanukah, similar protests planned in over 25 cities

WHAT: Beginning at 5 PM on Wednesday, hundreds of Jewish Bostonians and allies will march through Downtown Boston to protest Islamophobia and racism. Days before Chanukah, they join protest organizers in over 25 other cities in drawing on the holiday’s tradition to commit to justice. They will speak out against Muslim registries, immigration restrictions, and surveillance programs like “Countering Violent Extremism” here in Boston.

WHO: Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston is the local chapter of the fastest-growing Jewish organization in the US; a national grassroots movement for justice in Palestine/Israel.  Speakers will include allies from the Muslim community, Palestinian community, and Black Lives Matter.  Co-sponsors include American Friends Service Committee, Northeast Palestine Advocacy Project, Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights,, Common Street Spiritual Center, Muslim Justice League, Arlington Street Church/Boston – Social Action Committee, UU’s for Justice in the Middle East – MA Chapter, Cambridge Bethlehem People to People Project, and JETPAC Inc.

WHEN: March begins Wednesday, December 21st, 5:00 PM

WHERE: The steps of the Massachusetts State House

WHY: The election of Donald Trump has exacerbated racism and Islamophobia in the United States; Hate crimes against Muslims are accelerating.  We are protesting existing policies like heightened surveillance and policing of Muslims and other communities of color, and the racist climate fostered by President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric and his deeply disturbing Cabinet appointees such as Steven Bannon.  

“My father survived the Holocaust and because of his stories, I  learned as young child that a society can turn on its most vulnerable citizens and it is our job to stand up and say no.  Now is the time that we need to stand with our Muslim friends and neighbors.”  said Richard Colbath-Hess a social worker and JVP-Boston member.
Marlo Kalb, a JVP-Boston member and recent graduate of Boston University, said  “We must not let Trump’s rhetoric and actions divide us. Islamophobia, anti-Semitism or any other forms of oppression have no place in our community.”

PHOTOS/VIDEO: The march will include creative signs and other visuals, musical performances, poems, and brief speeches from various community partners. The hashtag for the event is #KindleJustice

Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston ( is the local chapter of a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. Jewish Voice for Peace has over 200,000 online supporters, over 60 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists. The Network Against Islamophobia, a project of JVP, was created to serve as a resource to, and to work in partnership with,  JVP chapters and other groups across the country committed to challenging Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism.