.@HRC joins the international community to honor the six million Jews who were murdered and millions of others who were victimized, including members of the LGBTQ community, under Nazi Germany before and during World War II. #HolocaustRemembranceDayhttps://t.co/9XHQl1Gi1B
One thing important to remember is that there are fewer Jews in the world than in 1939. The Holocaust radically changed the Jewish world affects Jewish communities worldwide deeply to this day. On this #YomHaShoah, we remember those lost.
If you're not a Jew you can't even really comprehend how much of our time culturally and religiously is spent remembering and discussing all the times over the course of thousands of years people have tried to kill us.
We are shocked and alarmed at the second deadly attack on an American synagogue in six months, this time at Congregation Chabad in #Poway, on the last day of Passover. It must serve as another wake-up call that antisemitism is a growing and deadly menace. https://t.co/NXsREnPriwpic.twitter.com/NsyE2WpnFv
If the Jewish and Muslim communities can support one another, then others can–and must–also learn to de-escalate.
Thinking about how moved I was when so many Muslims stepped up to help their Jewish neighbours after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh last fall. Hoping to see lots of similar acts of solidarity after the horror in #christchurch.
I know I speak for many when I write that Muslims appreciated the outpouring of love, prayers and support from our Jewish brothers and sisters after the New Zealand mosque shooting. Let us know what our communities can do to help after this latest #Poway synagogue shooting.
Communicating with others about your experiences is important for you, and for others to hear!
Sometimes expressing experience in music is a good way to keep personal and group history alive:
A freylekhn purim! Happy #Purim! Enjoy New York native, Yiddish activist, and artist Sue Ehrlich sing “Hop! Mayne Homentashn,” a Yiddish Purim folk song about preparing hamantaschen. pic.twitter.com/zl3cAcqSDH
There is a reason we must remember, and that is so that we may see and avoid allowing genocide to unfold again:
Today, 27 January 2019, marks the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Since 2005 this day is commemorated as International #HolocaustRemembranceDay. During the Holocaust, the Nazis murdered 17 million people – among them six million Jews. pic.twitter.com/Fw0tm0FxzY
Violence is committed every day, but people in marginalized groups experience violence at considerably higher rates than majority group members, and more often simply because of who they are. For minority group members, this can lead to a pervasive (and frankly, realistic) sense of vulnerability that causes increased symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD, especially when hate-based violence is a news event.
Jeffrey Marsh has some gentle suggestions for being supportive:
I love you very much. Please check in with your POC LGBTQ loved ones. Don’t expect or demand an answer but be around. Be available. 💛a lot of folks live with the threat of violence hanging over everything, and could use your heart today
Checking in and validating–without pressuring someone to talk or to help you to process–can be helpful, especially if you are willing to simply allow your friend or loved one to have the space to manage their feelings.
Publicly speaking out to or among other majority group members can also be helpful: for example, share a supportive post. But consider sharing a post that does NOT include graphic images or footage of violence. People who live with the threat of violence daily don’t need further exposure and may feel even more vulnerable.
It is common for PTSD symptoms to spike during times of social upheaval, especially for those who are in marginalized groups or who have abuse histories.
Nicole Sanchez, a lecturer at UC UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, has some useful insights about how we can support marginalized friends and coworkers during critical events. She’s talking about race, but much of the dynamics also apply to events affecting LGBTQ folks (and other marginalized groups).
In the past few years, I've been in the position to lead inside companies while major events, all with racism at their core, have unfolded in the news
Words from New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood:
Tonight on this first night of #Hanukkah, let us remember what we are celebrating: that our freedom is miraculous. That we must guard it and tend the flame. That our ancestors were once the targets of persecution and discrimination. That we cannot allow it in our own time.
For those who observe Yom Kippur, may you have an easy fast.
Click through for a thread from Rabbi Ruti Regan in Bethesda, MD:
As an American living in America, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur feel a bit weird this year. These holy days are the days of atonement and teshuva and reckoning with sin — but for the past few years, teshuva has loomed very large in day-to-day life.