Latino and Jewish group coalition building

November 16th, 2007 · 16 Comments

I found this article in the Dallas Morning News a few days ago about how the American Jewish Committee was assisting Mexican American leaders and immigrant groups with the immigration issue and coalition building. I’m glad to see this kind of cooperation, as I think the Latino community can learn so much from this group who has successfully incorporated itself into the mainstream in the US. Dina Siegel Vann, the director of the Latino and Latin America initiative at the American Jewish Committee, said, “From a moral perspective, Jews feel that having successfully incorporated into the U.S., they now feel a responsibility to help other minorities.” The American Jewish Committee also has supported comprehensive immigration reform and urges Congress to pass a “balanced and bipartisan bill.”

This isn’t the first time in recent history that the AJC has reached out to the Latino community. Last year at UC Irvine, there was a conference, Latinos and Jews: A Conference on Historical and Contemporary Connections, which was sponsored by the UC Irvine Center for Research on Latinos in a Global Society and the AJC.

Tags: Immigration · Jewish - Latino relations

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Frank // Nov 16, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    Hmm, the Jewish represent big business. Think it has anything to do with that cheap illegal latino labor force?

  • 2 michaelr // Nov 17, 2007 at 12:16 am

    I am shocked that you actually said this Frank. And I am more surprised you worked the news of this blog into that conclusion. You’ve either read “Mein Kampf,” so many times, that you’ve absorbed so much of the “Big Lie,” or you’ve forgotten that Jesus Christ was Jewish, and Christianity began as a Jewish cult. The Jews are a smaller minority than the Latinos. There are around five million of them in the United States. I have a deep admiration for the Jewish culture. They are prosperous because they work smarter and value education above all vocations. Where would American literature or the cinema for that matter be without the Jews? And to bring matters closer to home, there would be no Holy Bible without the Jews. Take your blinders off Frank.

  • 3 Frank // Nov 17, 2007 at 6:37 am

    My remarks were not meant to discredit the Jewish community. They have always been business minded and therefore very successful. But lets face it, hiring cheap illegal labor does line a business person’s pockets with profit. Why do you find reality offensive? It isn’t only the Jewish community that is taking advantage of this labor force.

  • 4 Mgf // Nov 18, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Geez Frank, that sounds a little stereotypical to me…..

  • 5 Frank // Nov 18, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    Mgf, Eh?

  • 6 webmaster // Nov 19, 2007 at 9:24 am

    Frank, saying that the Jews represent big business is kind of a stretch. When I think of the big business people in America (Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs), I don’t necessarily think “Jewish.” Actually, I don’t think that any of those men are Jewish. Sure, there is a good handful of Jews represented in big business, but I would bet that their reach and influence is still relatively small compared to that of White Anglo Saxon Protestants.

  • 7 Frank // Nov 19, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    The issue wasn’t about how many Jewish business people there are vs other Americans. Far too many business people regardless of who they are in this country are hiring illegal aliens to line their pockets with profit. The Jewish ones are no exception. I think if you do a little research however you will find that there is a large percentage of Jews that own businesses in this country. That is actually a compliment to them that they have the business savy to succeed.

  • 8 HispanicPundit // Nov 20, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Nothing new…Jews have always been strong supporters of minorities and even civil rights in general. Even a casual reading of history shows the overwhelming influence Jews had in the civil rights battles of the first half of the 20th century.

    Makes sense too…as the most persecuted group in history, they are very attune to the struggles of other minorities.

  • 9 Frank // Nov 21, 2007 at 7:18 am

    Supporting minorities is one thing but supporting illegal aliens is quite another. One is admirable , the other is not.

  • 10 Hector // Nov 21, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    I agree Jews have always help out the underdog of society since they have suffured hardship in their past and admire the collaberation with latinos, in general latinos do need help, especially in the education field do need to be motivated and address that this is an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed.

  • 11 Maldonado // Nov 25, 2007 at 10:11 am

    HP: “Nothing new…Jews have always been strong supporters of minorities and even civil rights in general. Even a casual reading of history shows the overwhelming influence Jews had in the civil rights battles of the first half of the 20th century.

    Makes sense too…as the most persecuted group in history, they are very attune to the struggles of other minorities.”

    well low and behold, HP and i agree on something.

    there was a rift of sorts at the student union level. something about Jewish students wanting MEChA to renounce a phrase in El Plan de Santa Barbara.

    MEChA refused, after all, how do you renounce a phrase of prose? the Jews then cut off their funding of MEChA which mightve been a blessing in disguise. in the short run, MEChA lost 20 grand that was supposed to go to new computers. but you know politics, MEChA no longer was forced to dance with those who brought them.

    more recently, the Jews have welcomed MEChA in the spirit of debate and perhaps on a new footing, as well.

    i find it very disappointing that “amercian” Jews, who have been traditionally liberal, have been silent on the issue on immigration. indeed, those you might expect to be empathetic to the plight of the “compa” are actually on the side of the nativists.

    but Jews are always present. Mexico has Jews. Mexico has Jews in the media.

    in addition, u.s. Spanish language media which has been consistently pro migrant, has a strong Jewish presence.

    this is an interesting blog post in that we have a people, who know how it is to suffer, on both sides of a very provocative subject. but only one side can win. the side that is MORALLY correct.


  • 12 Irma // Jun 17, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Here is a historical tidbit. Do you know why
    Jews seem to be “business ” minded?
    Historically, Jews living in Europe and elsewhere
    were prohibited by law from owning land , farming, and certain trades They were allowed to be merchants, bankers etc. After a few hundred years of doing this – it is only natural that lots of Jews still are active businessmen today.

    Did you know that a
    Spanish Jew financed Christopher Columbus’
    expedition of the New World.

  • 13 webmaster // Jun 18, 2008 at 8:07 am


    I’m well aware of the contributions of Jews. I think that they stress achievement, education, and unity, which makes them rather successful.

    And yes, I know that they were prevented from joining many European guilds in the middle ages, which is why they turned to lending, gem cutting, etc.

    I have great respect for the Jewish community.

  • 14 Miguel // Jun 26, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    On a more light-hearted note, has anyone heard the Latino-Jewish rap group Hip Hop Hoodíos? These guys have a great sense of humor about their bi-cultural identiy and are pretty politically-astute as well:

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  • 16 The Anvil // May 27, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I dont see the big the deal here, Maybe the Jewish people are aware that the mexican states of Jalisco and Sonora supply many immigrants to this nation, and those state have the highest number of Crypto-converted catholics in mexico, as a matter a fact my dad’s family was forced to become catholic, after they fled the nazis in the late 30’s……….

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