The AMCHA Initiative

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The AMCHA Initiative is now actively involved in two campaigns, targeting the two major public university systems of California: the University of California (UC), headed by President Mark Yudof,  and the California State University (CSU) headed by Chancellor Charles Reed. 

Most recently, we have been involved in efforts to demand that CSU Northridge President Jolene Koester remove the anti-Semitic webpages of Professor David Klein from the University website.  Thanks to all of you who have written to CSU leaders and to us, expressing your concern.

Regarding our efforts at the University of California, we would also like to thank those of you who wrote to UCSC Chancellor Blumenthal and UC President Yudof about the swastika graffiti and urged both leaders to acknowledge and condemn all anti-Semitic acts whenever they occur on UC campuses.  We know that President Yudof sent to many of you the text of a speech he had presented at the annual convention of the Anti-Defamation League on November 4, 2011.  Unfortunately, not only did President Yudof’s speech completely ignore the serious concerns of the Jewish community, it contained several misleading and misinformed statements about his efforts to protect Jewish students at the University of California.  In an effort to correct the record, we issued a response to President Yudof’s speech, in which we discuss the failure of his efforts to adequately address the problem of anti-Jewish bigotry and to ensure the safety and well-being of Jewish students on UC campuses.

Our full reply to President Yudof can be found HERE.

Sincerely, 

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
Lecturer, University of California at Santa Cruz
Co-founder the AMCHA Initiative 
 
Leila Beckwith
Professor Emeritus, University of California at Los Angeles
Co-founder the AMCHA Initiative 

 

The AMCHA Initiative

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Tammi Rossman-Benjamin

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is a Hebrew lecturer at the University of California Santa Cruz and has written articles about academic anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism and lectured widely on these developments and on the growing threat to the safety of Jewish students on college campuses. In 2009, she filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, alleging a hostile environment for Jewish students on her campus, and in March 2011 a federal investigation of her complaint was launched. In 2011 she co-founded the AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit organization devoted to investigating, documenting, educating about, and combating campus anti-Semitism in America.


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