Few are guilty, but all are responsible.
- Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Civil Rights leader and Holocaust survivor
In these frightening and sorrowful times, Rabbi Heschel's words remind me of my own responsibility to lead with love, courage, and solidarity.
The Republican Party targets journalists, welcomes neo-Nazis, and promotes the sale of the guns used to slaughter schoolchildren. Democrats rightfully condemn these appalling and hateful tactics, but still willingly accept campaign contributions from the same billionaires who fund the GOP.
The truth is that the corporate elite and political ruling class won't save us from violent white supremacists. We must save ourselves, by struggling together for a vision of the world that is wholly different from the one we're in now. Here are some ways you can help:
Donate. You can give directly to the families of those killed and injured last week in Pittsburgh and Kentucky, or to HIAS, the humanitarian organization vilified by the Pittsburgh shooter. More information here.
Organize. The November 6 election is an important opportunity to reject the politicians who parrot Donald Trump's racist rhetoric. This weekend, we're knocking doors for Abdelnasser Rashid as he faces Trumpian dog-whistle attacks from his opponent for Cook County Board. Abdelnasser is the son of Palestinian immigrants and a powerful leader for immigrants, refugees, and working families. RSVP here and help us spread the word on Facebook.
As the words of Rabbi Heschel remind us, we all have a responsibility to fight hate and to do the work of building a better world. I hope you'll join us.
In love and solidarity,
Executive Director, United Working Families