Sunday, January 4, 2015

Meet the Jewish Voice for Peace Artists and Cultural Workers Council

Feeling threatened by the success of the Creative Community for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has launched its own initiative.

From their website

The Jewish Voice for Peace Artists and Cultural Workers Council is a leadership body of 40 acclaimed poets, rock singers, cartoonists, painters, actors, playwrights, novelists, filmmakers, computer programmers, musicians, dancers, performance artists, and other cultural workers.

Inspired by Jewish activist and artistic traditions, the Council is made up of Jews and allies who represent a broader network of hundreds of influential and talented artists and makers.

Our work for a just peace in Israel/Palestine needs artists and cultural workers to help us envision more just and possible futures, not simply what is politically “practical” in this moment.

In a political discourse that feels polarized and poisonous, artists are a powerful antidote. Art compels us to question, invites us to memory, provokes us to act.

 The "acclaimed" members include at least 2  (Morgan Bassichis,  then known as Daniel, and  Micah Bazant  ) who showed their commitment to open discourse by interrupting a celebration of art, music and learning at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center in 2008.

None of these "acclaimed" artists and cultural workers are exactly household names.

Council Members
Amanda Lundquist
Aurora Levins Morales 
Daniel Rosza Lang-Levitsky 
Danny Bryk
Dave Lippman
Debra Stuckgold
Dori Midnight
Eitan Isaacson
Elaina Ellis
Elijah Oberman
Ellen O’Grady
Ethan Heitner
Ezra Nepon
Hadar Ahuvia
Hillary Sametz
Irene Siegel
Irit Reinheimer
Jenny Levison
Josh Perlstein
Louisa Solomon
Madeleine Avirov
Micah Bazant  
Michi Osato
MJ Kaufman
Morgan Bassichis
Nicole Bindler
Noa Fort
Noa Grayevsky
Rebekah Tarin
Sandra Ceas
Sarah Sills
Shachaf Polakow
Shelby Handler
Stormy Staats
Susan Eisenberg
Tamar Sharabi
Una Osato
Wendy Somerson
Yonah Adelman


Anonymous said...

I wonder what effect it would have, if the artists listed began receiving emails telling them that they were being boycotted as a result of their participation? Any thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Jewish Voice for Peace?


Why isn't there a MUSLIM Voice for Peace?

Counter Revolutionary? Islamophobia of Peace?

Dusty said...

None of these "artists" will care about our opinion. Most of them are anti-Israel activists first, and their art and cultural involvement is incidental. If you begin googling their names you'll find that some of them, for example design websites/ logos and posters for anti-Israel groups.

This group is not "salvageable"

Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

a long list of losers who are basically failed musicians that had to keep their day jobs.