AABA Joins Bar Associations Condemning Hate

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, AABA Chicago joined the Alliance of Illinois Judges, the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, the Arab American Bar Association of Illinois, the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago, the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Loop Synagogue, Chinese American Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association, Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Filipino American Lawyers Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Jewish Judges Association of Illinois, the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, Muslim Bar Association of Chicago, the National Employment Lawyers Association of Illinois and the South Asian Bar Association in condemning recent events that advanced Anti-Semitism, racism and acts of hate.

The press release can be viewed below.

For Immediate Release:                                   Catrice Armstrong

(Chicago August 21, 2017)                             Cook County Bar Association

                                                                      3123711635 (c) CatriceArmstrong@pr-werks.com

Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Cook County Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers Association, and Other Legal Organizations Unite to Address the Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism and Racist Hate at a Press Conference on:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.
Chicago Loop Synagogue, 16 South Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60603

Hosting Organizations:      Decalogue Society of Lawyers Cook County Bar Association

Decalogue Society of Lawyers

Cook County Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Black Women Lawyers Association

Arab American Bar Association of Illinois

CoSponsors: Alliance of Illinois Judges, American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Asian American Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation, Chicago Loop Synagogue, Chinese American Bar Association, Filipino American Lawyers Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, Muslim Bar Association of Chicago, National Employment Lawyers Association of Illinois, and South Asian Bar Association.

In response to recent events throughout the United States targeting Jewish communities and racial and ethnic minorities, culminating in the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, a host of Chicagobased lawyer organizations held a press conference on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 10:00 am, at the Chicago Loop Synagogue.

Hate is one of the greatest evils that all societies must confront. And they must confront it decisively. Though it was our parents and grandparents who fought to defeat the Nazis, our nation now faces the frightening reemergence of hate groups espousing the same toxic ideology that saw the murder of millions, including 6 million Jews, and the lynching and continued persecution of Blacks and other people of color. The hatred, antiSemitism, racism, and xenophobia on display at the “Unite the Right” rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia is just one example. In the face of this challenge, it is important for all people of good conscience to stand united against all acts of violence and intimidation, which are a threat to American democracy and values

The Press Conference is called to condemn all acts of antiSemitism, racism, and hate, to express the solidarity of the participants to combat the emergence of ideologies of intolerance and division seen throughout the country, to reaffirm the importance of civility in political dialogue, and to call upon our national, state and local leaders to lead with clarity of purpose in opposition to such hate.

Our professional associations are committed to the rule of law and ensuring that all individuals receive the right to protection under the law, regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin or sexual orientation. We encourage others to join us as we voice our concerns and call upon our executive branch to take decisive action to make it known that the United States of America will not tolerate antiSemitism, racism, Islamaphobia, or xenophobia.

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