Jewish Voice for Peace
This organization, formed in 1996, is one of several newer Jewish leftist and/or radical organizations that appeared on the ideological scene after the demise of earlier groups such as Breira, New Jewish Agenda, and the older Jews for Justice or Jews for Urban Justice that were both national and local in scope.
A nice summary of the history of JVP is found at the www.frontpagemagazine.com data collection on the Left known as www.discoverthenetwork.org. (DTN). Because their information is usually very accurate, KW is using some of it to fill in our own data gaps or to enhance them. For specific information purposes here, KW has taken the names of people mentioned by DTN and added them here.
- Julia Kaplan - co-founder, University of California, San Francisco Bay Area, 1996
- Julie Iny- co-founder, UC, SF
- Rachel Eisner - co-founder, UC, SF
- Mitchell Plitnick - Director of Education and Policy, from 2003-2008, DTN described him as a "Former Sixities radical"
- Rebecca Vilkomerson - 2010 National Director (her name will show up in other anti-Israel organizations). Active since 2002.
JVP Advisory Board:
- Tony Kushner - the far-left, extremely anti-Israel playwright/author and leader of a gay movement in the entertainment field
- Ed Asner
- Adrienne Rich
- Ronnie Gilbert - an old CPUSA sympathizer if not member, of Pete Seeger's group, The Weavers
- Naomi Klein - one of the most viciously anti-Israel feminists in the movement
- Noam Chomsky
- Howard Zinn (d - 2010)
DTN remarked that "JVP" "has worked with
- Mark Levine - far left writer, not the nationally known radio show host and attorney Mark Levin
- Joel Beinin - an old-line Maoist Marxist
- Robert Meeropol - the marxist son of the late executed Soviet spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
- Michael Ratner - one of the most hardcore marxist leaders/members of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a NLG off-shoot