IfNotNow April Hive Meeting: The Movement moves to PHASE TWO!

April 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Arlington Street Church - Unitarian Universalist
351 Boylston St
MA 02116-3303
IfNotNow Boston

Original Facebook event here

Join IfNotNow Boston for our first meeting since our #ResistAIPAC action in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago! At this gathering we will plan and discuss what is next for the #JewishResistance!

IfNotNow is a movement to end the American Jewish community’s support for the occupation and fight for freedom and dignity for all.

6-6:30pm Orientation!
***If you have not been to an IfNotNow orientation training or hive meeting, please arrive promptly at 6:00pm for a pre-meeting orientation. This is crucial for your participation in the rest of the gathering.***

6:30-9pm Hive Meeting!
We just had our largest action yet disrupting the AIPAC Policy Conference and it is time to discuss and unveil our next steps. We are going to be diving into what Phase Two of our movement will look like and discuss the national campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of the occupation.

Please bring a veggie snack to share!

Hosted by your IfNotNow Boston Hive Keepers and Action Team


The Principles of IfNotNow:

These principles are our basic agreements that bind us together and define us as IfNotNow. Actions that violate these principles are not IfNotNow actions. It is all of our responsibility to ensure that they are followed by every member, circle, and hive of IfNotNow.

We seek to end American Jewish support for the occupation. The occupation is a system of violence and separation by which Israel denies Palestinians freedom and dignity by depriving them of civil, political and economic rights. The occupation is a daily nightmare for those who live it – and it is a moral disaster for those who support it and who administer it.

We are grounded in the values of the Jewish tradition. We celebrate Jewish cultural diversity as a source of resilience. We connect our movement to Jewish traditions, languages, rituals and practices, knowing that there are as many ways of being Jewish as there are Jews.

We appeal to public conscience. We refuse to negotiate behind closed doors with institutions. We speak powerfully and act publicly to win the conscience of American Jews and move them to action. We know that our institutions will have no choice but to follow in our community’s footsteps.

We take initiative. When a need emerges, we swarm to meet it. If 3 or more of us are convinced that an action will serve the goals of the movement, we proceed without the need for invitation or approval.

We are a nonviolent movement. We embody nonviolent discipline knowing this is the only way to win the hearts and minds of the Jewish community. Our community is already afraid of violence and betrayal. To raise a hand against our community would feed all of these fears.

We are a movement of volunteers. We do not accept money from sources seeking to influence IfNotNow, and stipends are used exclusively to increase volunteers’ capacity to meet the needs of the movement at a given time. We recognize and applaud the many different forms that sacrifice and risk can take.

We focus on what unites rather than what divides us. We are individuals who are differently affiliated, but together we act as IfNotNow. We do not take a unified stance on BDS, Zionism or the question of statehood. We work together to end American Jewish support for the occupation. Organizational representatives are welcome to participate so long as their organization explicitly agrees to adhere to the principles, strategy, and story of IfNotNow.

We show up for ourselves. We acknowledge the existence of anti-Jewish oppression, in the world and in ourselves. We take pride in who we are and work towards ending oppression in our own communities so that we may all be more whole.

We show up for others. We stand with other movements, such as those working for racial, economic, and gender justice. We are building a world in which American Jews use our unique position to fight for the liberation of all people.

We participate in the Jewish practice of teshuva (repentance). We value intention and action more than we do correct language. We will make mistakes. We will reflect. We will ask for forgiveness and offer it as we build deep trusting relationships.

We take care of ourselves and each other. The tradition of Shabbat teaches us that all people deserve love, joy, and rest. Each person’s spiritual and personal well-being is integral to the vitality of our movement.

We believe that we will win. We know that we will succeed as long as we have the courage and energy to try. We are not discouraged by our opponents’ strength or condemnation. Rather, we see these as a sign that we are on the right track. We are building a flourishing, joyous, liberated Jewish community that stands for freedom and dignity for all. If not now, when?

Learn more at ifnot.net