On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the day after we VOTE, we will gather to grieve the dead, mourn collective trauma, and forge a way forward. We will take time to sing, listen, share, find strength in solidarity, sing, cry, be outraged and find our resilience with leaders of our community, to share between neighbors and across communities. Wednesday’s event will provide a space to spark our public action to say: Our struggles are connected, we need each other and we have each other's backs. We can hold the multitude of issues, care, learn and work on all of them, because they are interconnected.
This past week, 13 people were murdered by white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and nationalism, and hate-graffiti and vandalism is on the rise.
• In Pittsburgh, 11 Jewish people gunned down with automatic weapons during Shabbat morning prayer services at the Tree of Life Synagogue, which is home to three synagogues -Tree of Life, Dor Hadash and New Light.
• In Kentucky, Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones - two Black people - were killed by a white supremacist who first tried to enter a Black church.
• A coordinated attempt to assassinate dozens of political leaders and journalists
• A threatened Executive Order to end birthright citizenship, targeting Latinx children.
We are guided towards STRENGTH, ACTION and RESILIENCE in this moment from the improvised words of a 1939 Polish Yiddish resistance song: “Mir veln zey iberlebn מיר וועלן זיי יבערלעבן (We will outlive them).”
From Bayard Rustin who said: "We are all one. And if we don't know it, we will learn it the hard way."
And from Rabbi Tarfon in the Talmud (Pirkei Avot), 2nd century: "It is not upon you to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it."
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