Insist Leaders and Police Clarify Their Stands

DC’s people face a dire threat to health and well-being in these post-election days. We deserve leadership that will protect all of us, and that means more of us, in- and outside of DC, will have to speak up now. [This piece, posted at 4:30 on 11/13, was updated on 11/15].

Virus Exposure

DC is at grave risk for spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus when our quarantine regulations are ignored, as with the planned #MillionMAGA gathering this weekend (11/13–15/20). …

It’s time to re-examine and recommit.

Remember that letter so many Jews signed back in June? Hundreds of Jewish organizations, congregations, and clergy “[spoke] with one voice when we say, unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.” Signatories representing many thousands of Jews agreed to heed Black-led calls for “accountability and transparency from government and law enforcement” and promised to “build a country that fulfills the promise of freedom, unity, and safety for all of us, no exceptions” (600+ Jewish Organizations Say…).

Have Jews and our organizations honored that promise? How? What more is required? And what does this election period demand of Jews who say ‘Black Lives Matter’?

Virginia Avniel Spatz

DC-based, Chicago-born writer and journalist focusing on community, anti-racism, and Judaism.

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