SHALVA’s guiding principle, to take action by helping and supporting others in the face of harm, is rooted in Jewish values. Coercion, cruelty, power and control over an individual are hallmarks of domestic violence. These same behaviors are also fundamental to racism, police brutality, and unjust systems.
Sadly, this past week we have seen the true danger of these actions displayed on the national stage. We join in mourning George Floyd, the most recent publicized case of institutionalized racism.
We stand up for the right to peacefully protest, while recognizing that the message of the peaceful protests has been overshadowed by looting and destruction. Violence will only further destroy our city, just like violence destroys the women we serve. We can’t let this deter us from creating a society where all are treated fairly and equally.
There is power in people from all races, religions and ethnicities joining together peacefully for justice. Like SHALVA clients who need to be heard and believed, the voices of those suffering from racism and bias need to be heard, believed and understood.
As Jews with a history of oppression, we know we need to take action.
Here are two powerful resources that can help us all engage. Thank you to our friends at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence for sharing these resources.
May we all find ways to work within our communities and bring about much needed change.