🚨 NEW DATA: Rising Antisemitism & the Far Right
Yesterday, the Anti-Defamation League released its 2022 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents. The results demonstrate that antisemitic incidents have risen to unprecedented levels and that rising white supremacy is the leading cause of this increase.
Right-wing extremism is a grave and growing danger to our community and democracy, and we are deeply concerned that such extremism has been tolerated, embraced, and normalized by the Republican Party.
The findings in this report reflect what we saw on January 6th: the incredibly dangerous convergence of right-wing extremism and hate and the threat this poses to our democracy and community. The dramatic rise of antisemitic incidents inspired by white supremacy requires us to underscore the dire threat posed by the GOP’s normalization of right-wing extremism. Our work is more important than ever, and we hope you’ll join us in combating right-wing extremism and hate.
HOLOCAUST DISTORTION FROM MICHIGAN GOP
This Wednesday, the Michigan Republican Party posted a deeply offensive tweet comparing common-sense gun control measures to the Holocaust. As we said yesterday, this tweet is just the latest “example of how the Republican Party is normalizing Holocaust distortion for political gain.” Halie appeared on Michigan’s Fox 47 News yesterday and called on MI GOP Chair Kristina Karamo to step down for her egregious defense of the tweet. Check out Halie’s interview here.
SAMANTHA POWER & MICHAEL MCFAUL JOINED JDCA
This week, USAID Administrator Samantha Power and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul joined us for a briefing on Ukraine: One Year Later. Watch the video of the briefing and read some of the key takeaways from our panelists:
“We fought World War II because we wanted to stop wars of annexation, wars of imperialism, and crimes against humanity. We set up the United Nations to prevent these things from happening in the future…If we go back to a world where the powerful can just invade their neighbors…that will eventually affect us directly.”
– Former Ambassador Michael McFaul
“It’s sort of amazing when you think – imagine growing your democracy and strengthening your institutions at the same time…as Putin is pulverizing your cities and your communities with missiles and atrocities.”
– USAID Administrator Samantha Power
MEET THE MEMBER: REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ
For this week’s installment of our Meet the Members series, we are featuring Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-25). Rep. Wasserman Schultz is a close friend and partner of JDCA and our community in Congress. In 2019, she was one of the founders of the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations, and she led the efforts to create Jewish American Heritage Month. Take a look at what Rep. Wasserman Schultz shared with us on what makes her a proud Jewish Dem:
Hon. Ron Klein
Board Chair, Jewish Democratic Council of America
CEO, Jewish Democratic Council of America