We believe in relational organizing, not transactional coalition building. Relationships are two way streets and are imperfect. Relationships allow space for failure so long as there is genuine accountability and commitment to growth.
We believe productive engagement with other communities requires hearing their voices and understanding their concerns, as they exist today, in order to build and/or restore trust.
We seek to ensure our community understands the concerns of others, and communicates our concerns in ways that can be better understood by those who don't know our full history.
While the immediate threat antisemitism poses is not equal in all spaces, we believe American Jews, and our allies, must fight against the forces of antisemitism regardless of which political party or community it comes from. Further, we must distinguish between blind spots, biases, and actual anti-Jewish bigotry, and respond accordingly.
We believe our community must fight against the rising tide of white nationalism and white supremacy in America. While antisemitism isn't limited to one community, we must recognize that antisemitism is an animating force of white nationalism, that it presents a uniquely dangerous threat, and that as white nationalism rises so too will antisemitism. Moreover, we must stand up for all who may be attacked by these forces, including those in Muslim, Black, Latinx, Indigenous (Native American), and LGBTQIA communities. We should recognize many Jews identify as part of of these communities as well.
We reject the notion that one can either support Israel or Palestine. The very foundation of a two-state solution is the acknowledgment that both peoples deserve national self-determination and have a deep tie to the land. Meaningful dialogue on this issue requires acknowledging that fact. It also requires understanding and acknowledging the real trauma of both peoples. The path to peace will be paved by leaders who will honor the histories, dignity, and national aspirations of both peoples. Our hope is to deepen understanding between communities in pursuit of that goal.