Ethnic studies is under attack. Anti-racist, decolonial, and liberatory ethnic studies is being attacked for being too critical of US history, too centered on the stories of the most marginalized communities, and not patriotic enough. But these attacks started because California’s proposed Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum included Palestine. And at the heart of the attack is the claim that teaching Arab American studies and including Palestine is antisemitic.
We will address:
-Why Arab-American studies, including Palestine, is central to ethnic studies.
-The difference between antisemitism and criticism of Israel, and why it matters.
-Why all students will benefit from a liberatory ethnic studies curriculum that promotes collective liberation.
-How teachers can prepare for and deal with backlash for teaching authentic ethnic studies.
Bowing to pressure from pro-Israel and other rightwing lobbyists, the CA Department of Education is about to approve a watered-down, “all lives matter” Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum that marginalizes Arab American Studies and erases Palestine. How did we get to this point?
Please join us to hear from Jewish educators and students who support an authentic ethnic studies curriculum that faces the true history of the United States and explores the connections between US policies abroad and the racialization and marginalization of people of color here in the United States.
-A special guest appearance by Josh Healey, spoken word artist and comedian
-Ethnic Studies Instructor Margot Goldstein
-Arab Jewish World History Teacher and Arab Resource & Organizing Center organizer Yahya Cadji
-African American Studies Professor Alex Lubin
-Jewish Youth for Community Action members Gabriella Lerman and Lilly Dodson
Moderated by Jody Sokolower of the Middle East Children’s Alliance’s Teach Palestine Project and Save Arab American Studies Campaign.
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