Friday, January 17, 2020: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Independence BR Salons D/E (ML 4) (Marriott Marquis Washington DC)
Laura Abrams, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Cherie Brown, National Coalition Building Institute, Tina Sacks, JD, University of California, Berkeley and Rafael Engel, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Antisemitism is an historical and current form of oppression that is often left out of discussions of “isms” in social work scholarship and education. Since the election of Donald J. Trump in 2016, the Anti-Defamation League reports an increase in antisemitism incidents of 60%, and destrucive incidents of direct violence, deadly shootings, and defacement at Jewish places of worship have taken place. This symposium will examine various aspects of social work’s response to antisemitism from intersectional perspectives. Some key questions will be considered, including: 1) What are barriers and opportunities to aligning work against antisemitism with related social justice movements for economic and racial inequality? 2) Recognizing intersectionality among the Jewish community, how can social work scholars study and frame antisemitism in relation to other forms of oppression? 3) What is and should be the role of social workers in preventing/responding to antisemitic attitudes, actions, and hate crimes?
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