A prayer for protesters
by April Baskin of @joyous.justice
Beloved siblings striving for justice,
Listen. Closely. At all times.
My prayer for you
is that you remember protest
is a sacred act.
Just as the Mourner’s Kaddish
helps souls ascend to God,
May our cries soothe those
whose lives were prematurely extinguished.
And rattle the bones and stones
of leaders and institutions.
Leaving no question about the fact
that things are never going back,
Because more of us are clear
that “We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
We affirm we are a multiracial people,
and we will stand strong, humbly, and proud
as we follow and work in partnership
with black leaders, as we take steady strides
in the direction of collective liberation.
After the glass is swept up and the social media posts move on, how will we continue to show up and seek justice?
In this weekly series, we’d like to challenge you to reflect on how your family or circle of friends can build new rituals around conversations on race, equity, and justice.
6/19/2020 How Can We Win?
6/26/2020 Defund the Police
7/3/2020 Reproductive Justice
7/10/2020 Stop Comparing Anti-Semitism and Racism
7/17/2020 Education Equity
7/24/2020 The Child Care Crisis
7/31/20 Good Trouble
8/7/20 Voter Suppression
8/14/20 Political Representation
8/21/20 Maternal Mortality
8/28/20 A Sickening Deja Vu
9/11/20 Islamophobia and 9/11
9/18/20 Forced Sterilizations
9/25/20 May Her Memory Be a Revolution
10/2/20 The Courts
10/16/20 Aaron Silver
10/30/20 Voter Suppression Part II
11/6/20 Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight
11/20/20 The Thanksgiving Myth
11/27/20 Covid Racial Disparities
12/4/20 Racism and Hunger
Please share at your Shabbat dinner table, your family barbecue, or your social distance walks with friends, and then talk about it. This is an exercise that is designed to be challenging – lean into the discomfort of learning long enough to grow. Use this guide to get started. Some of the pieces we share will be provocative and controversial. They are presented as conversation starters, not endorsements.
We have a lot of work to do. Let’s get uncomfortable together.