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Word From Our Co-Chairs: You did this!

Jun 25, 2019 | A Word from Our Chair, CIJA Publications

After the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, we launched a campaign to make our community safer. Working in partnership with grassroots community members just like you, we set three objectives:

  1. Increase federal funding for community security. Check. More money + new funding for security training = safer shuls, schools, and JCCs.
  2. Launch a Justice Committee study on online hate as the first step in developing a national strategy. Check. Justice Committee study of online hate + CIJA testimony = parliamentary report echoing CIJA’s call for strong policies to tackle hatred online.
  3. Make sure the Government of Canada’s anti-racism strategy explicitly includes the IHRA definition of antisemitism, a definition that sets the international standard. As of minutes ago…Check. Rise in antisemitism + need to define it to defeat it = Government of Canada adopts IHRA definition today as part of its anti-racism strategy.

The government listened. Tell them we noticed. Take Action Here!

Sincerely,

Joel Reitman Jeffrey Rosenthal
Co-Chair, CIJA Board Co-Chair, CIJA Board

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