TZEDEK LAB NETWORK GATHERING alongside THE ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE
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We are thrilled to invite you to the 2nd national Tzedek Lab Network Gathering, this year hosted alongside the Allied Media Conference! AMC has gone virtual -- and so have we. As AMC develops their plan for a virtual conference, we are moving forward with plans to convene old and new members of our network.
Come convene with Jews and allies, new and existing network members, as a national network alongside other grassroots movements, organizations, and networks working for liberation from across the U.S.
Tzedek Lab brings together organizers, political educators, spiritual leaders, and cultural workers into a living laboratory. As Jews and allies to Jews in this political time, we understand that the system of white supremacy and the white nationalist movement is coming after all of us and our peoples, some more directly than others, but with a strategy that uses each of us as a wedge, weapon, and distraction from the solidarity we need.
Our Gathering will focus on some key questions: How have we been successful in confronting these oppressions? What has been our experience as the fight has escalated for some of us? How are we supporting each other, backing one another, and building the momentum we need for our collective liberation to be realized?
Our regular network activities consist of community of practice calls for political educators, organizers, spiritual leaders, and cultural workers; active online sharing of resources, opportunities, and strategic interventions; and racial and ethnicity-based caucus calls.
Over 2018-2019 we held four in-person gatherings alongside some local city gatherings, convening over 150 practitioners from across the country. This year, we have the powerful opportunity to strengthen our communities of practice and caucus spaces by deepening our relationships and connecting with the other conveners who are part of AMC. As a community of practitioners, we will debrief action and mobilization moments, cross-pollinate and learn from each other’s experiments, explore new connections and partnerships, and strategize together. We will dig into analysis together, sharing insight about intersections and impacts of white supremacy, white nationalism, antisemitism, racism, and Islamophobia in the US and Israel/Palestine. We will grapple with how to bring our broader Jewish community along in understanding and embracing Jews of all racial and ethnic backgrounds as part of our communities. We will wrestle with barriers to building trust with one another and our allies, and invest in each other as a family in this work.
Some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: https://www.thetzedeklab.com/join-the-tzedek-lab
For a closer look at our VALUES: bit.ly/TzedekLabValues
For a closer look at our developing POLITICAL ANALYSIS: bit.ly/TzedekLabPolAnalysis
We are excited to bring together a mix of returning members along with a solid crew of new members. At this time, joining Tzedek Lab and becoming a member of the network happens through participation in an immersive convening like this one. Currently, this Network Gathering alongside AMC is the convening we are working towards so if you've be waiting to join or to invite people to join, now is the time.
Applications Due: April 20
Notifications of Invitation: First week of May
Confirmation Date: May 8
Network Gathering: June 25-26
This application will take about 30 minutes to complete. Some folks like to work on their answers in a separate document and then paste them over.
TZEDEK LAB is a national multi-racial network of Jews and allies, political education trainers, organizers, spiritual leaders, and cultural workers established to build collective competency to better politicize, transform, and inspire the Jewish community into collective action against racism, antisemitism, and white supremacy.
For a full overview of this emerging network - its goals, intentions, and plans - please check out www.thetzedeklab.com