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Critical Conversation Starter: Charlottesville and the Case Against White Supremacy 

Date(s) - Thursday, October 8th
7:00 pm CDT - 8:00 pm CDT


Charlottesville and the Case Against White Supremacy
Short Film Screening and Panel Discussion 


Three years ago, neo-Nazis and white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, VA for a weekend of violence. This violence was no accident — rather, it was the result of months of planning. And it served as a harbinger of the cycle of extremist terror that has followed.

Integrity First for America (IFA), in partnership with a world-class legal team, is uniquely taking on the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups at the center of this violent movement, holding them accountable in federal court for the violence they brought to Charlottesville in 2017.

IFA’s lawsuit details how these extremists conspired online to orchestrate a weekend of violence, which resulted in Heather Heyer’s death and extensive injuries. It provides a tangible way to take action against the white supremacy and extremism that’s poisoning this country and has the potential to bankrupt and dismantle the leaders and hate groups at the center of this movement — which is key, given their disturbing connections to the broader cycle of violence.

Taking on, and taking down, these violent extremists is all the more critical as we see them try to exploit recent protests to spread disinformation, hate, fear, and violence.

Join IFA Executive Director Amy Spitalnick, attorney Michael Bloch, and Reggie Jackson, co-founder of Nurturing Diversity Partners, for an overview of this landmark case and the broader fight against white supremacy, anti-Semitism, racism, and other forms of hate. The panel will be moderated by Hannah Rosenthal, former Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, U.S. State Department; former President and CEO, Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

The program will begin with a screening of the short film, ‘Reawakening’, by Alexandra Horowitz in which rabbis and members of Charlottesville’s only synagogue voice responses to the 2017 Unite the Right rallies and discuss how the anti-Semitism they experienced transformed their community, including how it led them to become more involved in social justice, and the DC-based independent filmmaker’s comments about the project.

Thursday, October 8, 5pm PT / 7pm CT / 8pm ET
Registration is Required to Access the Zoom Session


This program is free and open to the public.
Jewish Museum Milwaukee is proud to partner with Integrity First for America, Holocaust Museum LA, National Museum of American Jewish History and Nurturing Diversity Partners. to provide this meaningful program. Please consider donating to support the work of these organizations.
 All donations will be shared.

Sponsored by Leslie Hayes and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Critical Conversation Starters: Social Justice Series

Take an in-depth look at the plight and fight surrounding fundamental human and civil rights issues taking place around the country and in Milwaukee. In this engaging, edifying series, national, community and organizational leaders, will discuss vital social justice topics – historical, novel, amplified, systemic, evolving – amid a time of unrest and uncertainty. Prejudicial treatment, cultural bias, accessibility, and opportunity barriers are social ills that can and must be addressed. Hear about the impact on Milwaukee, how diverse organizations are involved, and what services and initiatives are in place and being developed to combat these ails and effect positive change.

Check out the next two programs in the Critical Conversation Starters: Social Justice Series:
The Evolving Role and Impact of Philanthropic and Non-Profit Organizations, Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 PM
Milwaukee Civic Response Economic Recovery Team, Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 PM

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