Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge

Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge (ISUPK) is a non-profit organization based in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

The group is part of the Hebrew Israelism movement,cite news|url=http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=948|title=God and the General. Leader Discusses Black Supremacist Group|date=Fall 2008|work=Intelligence Report | publisher=Southern Poverty Law Center |accessdate=2008-09-08] which regards American Blacks as descendants of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. [cite web|url=http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?sid=433|title= History of Hebrew Israelism|work=Intelligence Report|publisher=Southern Poverty Law Center |accessdate=2008-09-08] The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled ISUPK an "extremist" and "black supremacist" group.

ISUPK has demonstrated at the corner of Eighth and H Streets in Washington D.C. since 2004, [cite news|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/21/AR2007092102125_pf.html|title=How Loud is Loud? Across the District, Residents Are Seeking Relief From Jarring, Vexing, Headache-Inducing Noise|last=Seregi|first=Marianne |work=The Washington Post|publisher=Saturday, September 22, 2007|pages=B01|accessdate=2008-09-08] but residents complain the group amplifies their open-air preaching to more than 90 decibels and that their message is offensive. [cite news|url=http://www.wtopnews.com/?sid=1349415&nid=695|title=Bring The Noise|last=Segraves|first=Mark|date=February 21, 2008|publisher=WTOP News|accessdate=2008-09-14] Some homeowners say the group accuses white and gay people of destroying historically black neighborhoods and at least one resident has complained of being called "cracker, slave owner, [and] white devil", but reiterated that volume, rather than the group's speech content, is the problem.cite news|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/12/us/12preacher.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all|title=In a Changing Neighborhood, the Gospel Falls on Achy Ears|last=Sabar|first=Ariel|date=March 12, 2008|work=The New York Times|accessdate=2008-09-08] ISUPK and other groups' volume prompted D.C.'s municipal government to consider an ordinance to "resolve the issue".cite news|url=http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2007/feb/26/20070226-110113-1260r/|title=Faith group hit for being too loud|date=Originally published 11:01 p.m., February 26, 2007, updated 12:00 a.m., February 27, 2007|work=The Washington Times|accessdate=2008-09-08] The measure would have limited the volume of daytime noncommercial speech to 70 decibels, but died due to free speech concerns. [cite news|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/19/AR2008021902508_pf.html|title=Measure Tabled Over Unions' Free-Speech Concerns|last=Stewart|first=Nikita |date=Wednesday, February 20, 2008|work=The Washington Post|pages=B02|accessdate=2008-09-08] ISUPK regional director Yahanna defended the group, saying residents' real issue with the group is not sound, but their message. The group identifies its message as saving local residents' souls and discouraging people from drugs and crime and says its separatist teachings are the real issue residents have.

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