Lessons in Allyship from Israel/Palestine.

A webinar offered by Salaam

As we witness in real time the horrific loss of life in Israel/Palestine, many of us are asking, what can I do? How can I help? Whose side should I be on? What about the Rabbi in my interfaith group? We won’t answer these questions for you, but we will present the important historical context that will allow you to grapple with these questions yourself.

Our informative presentation is designed to help us gain a better understanding of how we can holistically advocate for Jews and Palestinians in the midst of a horrific humanitarian crisis. We present this as a special event in our Critical Awareness/Critical Activation event series.

We’ll have special statements from Arwa Alkhawaja, a Palestinian-American, and from Rabbi Alexis Pearce, a Jewish Voice for Peace activist working here in San Diego.


1. Important terms and distinctions

2. The historical context

3. Parallels to Native American experience

4. Suggestions for Holistic Advocacy


Steve Slocum – Author of award winning, Why Do They Hate Us? Making Peace with the Muslim World, and founder of Salaam

Deirdre Encarnacion – Salaam’s Director of Education. Deirdre holds degrees in Anthropology and Biology from SDSU and recently earned her Certificate of Specialization in Kumeyaay Studies from Kumeyaay Community College. For over ten years, she has been educating about indigenous cultures.

Event offered by nonprofit, SalaamUSA.org – equipping people of privilege for social justice advocacy.

Salaam means peace

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Salaam is a non-religious, non-partisan nonprofit founded by award-winning author, Steve Slocum in 2019. His book — Why Do They Hate Us? Making Peace with the Muslim World — was foundational to Salaam’s early focus of bringing non-Muslims and Muslims together.

“On May 25, 2020, my writing and social media posting were interrupted by disturbing imagery that seemed to be going viral. It seemed that another black man had been murdered by the police in the city of Minneapolis. At one point a chilling video emerged. One of the bystanders had pulled out their cell phone and captured a white police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd…” Read more

Critical Awareness Program
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin
Before we can connect meaningfully with our BIPOC neighbors, our eyes must be opened to the realities of their lived experiences in contrast to our own. Salaam’s awareness program gives the floor to inspiring Kumeyaay, Latinx, and Black educators who will open our eyes and help bring us together around a common version of the history of our local borderland.

Critical Awareness Workshop #2 is in work:

W H A T: "The Border Crossed Us" - Border/Immigration Awareness

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W H E R E:  San Diego College of Continuing Education

C O S T:  $20 (used to fairly compensate our educator)

Real Friends, Real Community
Finding connection only on the basis of our common humanity
Equipped with an accurate version of our shared history, meaningful connection becomes a possibility. Our groundbreaking program, Real Friends, Real Community, brings an intentionally diverse community circle together for connection around our authentic personal stories. For many white participants, this will be their first time hearing about life as a marginalized person in a systemically racist society. Most are profoundly impacted and become passionate about decolonizing and dismantling systemic racism.
Effective Allyship
"The message I'm hearing from Black women leaders is that they want allies from the privileged classes who are willing to divest of their privilege. There is a lot of hard work to get to a place where we understand what that means. I have found that basic awareness, stepping outside of my privileged social circles, and hearing authentic stories create the changes in me that produce a compassion that acts. " -Steve Slocum
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