Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action Protests Seven Forbidden Words on Seventh Night of Chanukah

BOSTON, Dec. 18, 2017– Today, the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action held a protest of the Trump Administration’s horrific decision to create a list of seven forbidden words at the CDC. The seven words, “science-based”, “evidence-based”, “vulnerable”, “entitlement”, “diversity”, “fetus”, and “transgender” are banned from budget documents at the CDC and represent a precarious move by the Trump Administration to dismantle our democratic ideals.

JALSA Executive Director Cindy Rowe released the following statement:

“JALSA stands firmly against any government censorship or action that dismantles our constitutional right to freedom speech. The Jewish community is all too familiar with censorship. This dystopian effort to try to plunge our nation into darkness is unconscionable and we will not stand idly by as the Trump Administration attempts to rip our rights out from underneath us.

As we celebrate the festival of lights, we refuse to accept the ignorant action of banning speech by the Trump Administration.  Can we as Americans think of anything more scary than being told that there are words we cannot use?”

Tonight, JALSA invites those celebrating Chanukah to call out these oppressive actions by the Trump Administration and, as we light the 7 candles this evening — say out loud each of the 7 forbidden words — while we celebrate that here in Massachusetts, we respect freedom of speech.

We ask that you share the pictures of the 7 candles burning brightly in your Chanukah menorah on social media using the hashtags #CDC7Words #ForbiddenWords #SevenCandles.

The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action is devoted to engaging the community in promoting civil rights, protecting civil liberties and achieving social, economic, and environmental justice.