The outcry following the ugly display in Charlottesville is the loudest and sharpest I’ve ever heard in this country. We’re divided as a nation and there’s anger and hurt and fear on all sides. There’s been lots of well placed condemnation. But what I’m not seeing is the creation of opportunities to bridge the gap, through education and conversation.
The Philadelphia Jewish Labor Committee, true to our mission, is going to introduce anti bias programming into the organized Labor Movement in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley this fall. In partnership with the ADL (Anti Defamation League) and Penn State University, the Philadelphia Jewish Labor Committee is going to be launching a Pilot program which involves six hours of anti bias training and conversation led by professional facilitators from the ADL. The program will be delivered to Union Members, both rank and file and leadership, as a compliment to the Union Leadership Academy programs of the Penn State School of Labor and Employment Relations, and it will be offered both in Philadelphia as well as the Lehigh Valley. We expect that approximately 50 union members will participate in the program in its first offering.
The program has a cost which the Jewish Labor Committee is unable to bear on its own. We need your help. And given the state of our union, we need it now! Please make a tax deductible contribution to the Philadelphia Jewish Labor Committee now.
This pilot program can only be offered if we achieve support from of multiple unions, constituent groups and individuals. Let Labor be the place where the gap begins to be bridged. Let us lead. Please make your secure tax deductible contribution today.
Director, Philadelphia Jewish Labor Committee