Even MTV wants to do something in response to the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks in America. MTV News (this may sound oxymoronic to some) will air a special called “With One Voice: Fighting Hatred Together” on May 31st, which it says explores antisemitism through the lives of four young Jewish activists at the forefront of fighting against hate and fighting for equality.
The hour-long special is being presented in honor of Jewish American History Month. It features conversation with Tova Friedman, one of the youngest living survivors of Auschwitz and will be hosted by 60 Minutes+ correspondent Laurie Segall for MTV News.
May is Jewish American Heritage Month. On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month. The announcement was the crowning achievement in an effort by the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish community leaders that resulted in resolutions introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania urging the president to proclaim a month that would recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. The resolutions passed unanimously, first in the House of Representatives in December 2005 and later in the Senate in February 2006.
The month of May was chosen due to the highly successful celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History in May 2004, which was organized by the Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History. This coalition was composed of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the American Jewish Historical Society, the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration.
Produced by ATTN, With One Voice: Fighting Hatred Together chronicles four young Jewish activists on the front lines of the fight against antisemitism and hate in all of its forms. The special will also feature a poignant conversation between Tova Friedman – one of the youngest living survivors of Auschwitz – and Emmanuel Acho, former NFL player, author of the book and host of a YouTube series of the same name “Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man.”
“With the alarming rise of violence against the Jewish community and Jews across the country, it is imperative for all of us to take action to fight antisemitism,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV Entertainment. “We are proud to use our platforms to showcase four young, diverse Jewish activists who are on the frontline of the battle to combat antisemitism and hate in all its forms.”
The MTV News special also follows four young leading Jewish activists from across the country, including:
Gen Slossberg, Age: 21 (California) co-creator and producer of LUNAR – a Jewish-Asian film project – and program manager for Jewish Youth for Community Action.
Imani Jackson, Age: 25 (Minnesota) – chef and owner of the catering company “Chopped & Served” which creates employment and development opportunities for young people from underserved communities.
Eddie Chavez, Calderon, Age: 25 (Arizona) – campaign director for Arizona Jews for Justice.
Jon Cohen, Age: 28 (Florida) director of Keshet – an organization that advocates for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ Jews into Jewish life.
|the special premieres Monday, May 31 at 10pm ET on MTV, and will be simulcast across MTV2, VH1, and the Smithsonian Channel™.|