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Listen to Autumn and Shoshana talk to Shimon Cohen about living and fighting at the intersection of antisemitism and anti-Black racism.

Doin the Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change. A podcast hosted by Simon Cohen sponsored by the University of Houston.

From Shimon:

In this episode, I talk with Shoshana Brown and Autumn Leonard of the Black Jewish Liberation Collective and Jews for Economic & Racial Justice, based in New York City. We discuss what antisemitism is, ways it functions, and how antisemitism and racism are features of white supremacy. Shoshana and Autumn talk about their work to provide a communal space for Black Jews and how they organize to disrupt antisemitism and racism. We get into a lot in this interview but there is so much more on this topic that needs to be talked about. I know that even though I’m Jewish, I could do a better job talking and teaching about antisemitism, and how it works to divide us. It can be frustrating to bring it up when so many people are not taught the origins of antisemitism and how it operates. At the same time, those of you who follow the podcast know that we can’t avoid these hard topics, and like Shoshana, Autumn, and I talk about, change only comes when we address antisemitism and racism and work to build community. I hope this conversation inspires you to action.

Take a listen to the podcast "On The Nose" by Jewish Currents moderated & hosted by four BJLC folks (Rebecca Pierce, Shoshana Brown, Reuben Telushkin and Anthony Russell).

"A number of recent incidents—from a fracas over Whoopi Goldberg’s comments about the role of race in the Holocaust to a smear campaign launched against Tema Smith, the Anti-Defamation League’s new Director of Jewish Outreach—have highlighted the continued prevalence of anti-Black racism in the American Jewish community and its ongoing exclusion of Black Jews. In this episode, Contributing Writer Rebecca Pierce brought together Black Jewish artists and activists—Yiddish-language performer Anthony Russell, visual artist and organizer Reuben Telushkin, and kohenet and social worker Shoshana Brown—to discuss the policing of Jewish communal space, racism and labor in Jewish organizations, and alternative visions for Black Jewish politics and worlds."

Before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jordan spoke with leaders of the Black Jewish Liberation Collective about the power of community for Black Jewish activists, the attention the George Floyd Uprisings brought to Black Jewish Community, and the complexities of discussing Israel Palestine while Black. Check it out here!

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