A Wider Bridge mobilizes our community in response to issues of injustice or inequality as they arise. Mobilizations can include organizing petitions, raising awareness through social media or press coverage, and working with our partners in a number of different ways to advocate for the causes that are important to us. Here are few recent examples of A Wider Bridge mobilizations:
2020 Bridge Over Hate
In December 2019 and January 2020, there were an alarming number of violent antisemitic incidents that occured in the tri state are including a stabbing at a Rabbi’s home, the assault of a Jewish family on the street, and several other horrifying incidents.
How We Mobilized
We reached out to our Beyond the Bridge network community leaders, and partner oragnizations to speak out against these antisemitic incidents. Dozens of our supporters posted statements including elected officials and national organizations like Equality California, HIspanic Federation, Human Rights Campaign, SAGE THere was also a significant interfaith effort led by AWB alumni of the Episicpal Diocese of NEw York, Congregation Kol Ami, Cathedral of Hope and others.
2019 DC Dyke March
For the first time in 12 years,a group ofqueer women relaunched the DC Dyke March, a queer liberationist grassroots march.The DC Dyke March oragnizers, in an effort to be “pro-muslim an dpro – palestinan” banned nationalist symblos including the pride flag with the star of david on it because of it’s resemblance to the Israeli flag.This ban was antisemitic, antizionist and excluded a large portion for the Jewish and LGBTQ community from participating.
How We Mobilized
In partnership with the JCRC and Zioness, A Wider Bridge created a press release and boosted the statement on social media, leading to significant press coverage. Wider Bridge tapped AWB Mission Alumnus Julie Tagen, Chief of Staffto MD Congressman Jamie Raskin, to pen an op-ed in the WashingtonBlade, “Dyke March should Rethink its Discriminatory Policy.” High profile alumn like LGBTQ congressman Sean Patrick Maloney also posted against the CC Dyke March’s actions as well as National LGBTQ organizations like the LGBTQ Task Force and HRC. A Wider BRidge along with our partners rallied a group of dozens of LGBTQ jewish commnity to march with rainbow jewih signs. After the event, A Wider BRidge, Zioness, and JDCA related this joint statement and several pride marches after release statements that they would not exclude the jewish pride flag.
2016 Creating Change, Not Hate
In the tragic aftermath of the violence and murder at the 2016 Jerusalem Pride March, A Wider Bridge planned a shabbat reception with the Jerusalem open House, Jerusalem’s Flagship LGBTQ oganization. After being approved as a part of the program well in advance, the organizers of the Creating Change conference in Chicago caved to extremist demands and canceled the reception. In response, A Wider Bridge issued a public statement along with this petition The decision was reversed and A Wider Bridge held the reception. Sadly the reception was was disrupted by approximately 150-200 protestors accusing the organizers of “pinkwashing” the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The protesters commandeered the stage and the leaders from JOH were not allowed to speak. To ensure their safety, they were evacuated via a back exit.
How We Mobilized
In the days following the disruption, A Wider Bridge made a statement in the theme of “Creating Change, Not Hate” and used footage from the event to create this video that was viewed over twenty thousand times.There was also been extensive, high-profile media coverage and public condemnationd including coverage from national media like The Huffington Post, Slate,The Advocate as well local press like the Washington Blade, NY Post, Windy City Times Philadelphia Gay News, the Dallas Voice in addition to Jewish and Israel related media outlets like JTA, The Forward, aaretz, The Jewish Journal, The Times of Israel and so many more.