The Election After Gaza

May 19, 2024

Join Jewish Currents for an urgent conversation about the ethical and strategic questions around voting in an election cycle taking place in the midst of Israel’s US-backed war on Gaza. From the broad support for the uncommitted movement, to calls to “vote blue no matter who” in order to “preserve American democracy,” navigating the electoral landscape at this moment presents unprecedented challenges, opportunities, and risks—as well as profound questions of political obligation and personal principles. Together we’ll explore these questions with leading thinkers and activists.

Mehdi Hasan is a broadcaster and author, and a former host on MSNBC. He is also a Guardian US columnist and the editor-in-chief of Zeteo.

Waleed Shahid is the former spokesperson and communications director for Justice Democrats, the grassroots progressive organization that recruited and helped elect Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, and Jamaal Bowman, and launched the campaign for a Green New Deal. He is a member of The Nation’s editorial board.

Masha Gessen is a staff writer at The New Yorker, author of books including “Surviving Autocracy” and “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” and a distinguished professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.

Layla Elabed is an organizer of the Uncommitted National Movement, the campaign manager for Listen 2 MI, and a regional organizer with We The People in southeast Michigan.

Peter Beinart teaches national reporting and opinion writing at the Newmark J-School and political science at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is editor-at-large for Jewish Currents, an MSNBC political commentator, and a fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

This event is cosponsored by The Intercept and IfNotNow.