Christchurch Massacre: Urgent Call for Solidarity
On Friday afternoon, white supremacists opened fire in multiple mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. So far, we know that at least 49 people were killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in an act of “extremist right wing violent terrorism.” Our hands tremble with the horror at this bloodshed in a sacred space. How do we show up right now in Revolutionary Love? Through our tears, we must act swiftly.
We will make sure that your words are delivered to the families and survivors.
To our Muslim sisters, brothers, and siblings: We know that this news is sending waves of grief in households across New Zealand, the United States, and around the world. We mourn with you. We share your outrage. We are breathing with you. We will not leave your side. We will not forget those who were slaughtered. In their name, we pledge to rise up against white supremacy — in our institutions, on our streets, online, in our homes, and in our own hearts.
To all who feel helpless right now: Hate on this scale feels like looking into the abyss. But we are not powerless. In the wake of recent mass shootings in Pittsburgh, Charleston, and Oak Creek, we worked with Auburn Seminary to collect tens of thousands of letters and prayers of support, which were then bound and delivered in person to the survivors and families. In Oak Creek, the books are still preserved in the gurdwara’s library. Long after the media trucks leave, these physical embodiments of solidarity show the community we will not leave their side. Our movements are only as strong as our solidarity is deep.
In sending messages specifically to the Muslim families of Christchurch, we are rising up in one voice to express our grief and moral outrage. We recognize that white nationalism is a global epidemic. This massacre was the result of white nationalist ideologies that we all have the power to eradicate. As we grieve, so too we pledge to take action to dismantle white supremacy in our institutions and cultures.
The massacre took place at a time mosques are filled with people who gather for Friday prayers. It was fueled by the same hate that led to mass shootings against other communities of color in their houses of worship in the United States — Sikhs in the gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, African Americans in Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, and Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Right now, Muslim and Sikh Americans are preparing for heightened security at our houses of worship across the U.S. this weekend. We need your support more than ever:
1. Send a message of love and solidarity to the Muslim families of Christchurch.
2. Call or text a friend who is Muslim or Sikh. Let them know they are not alone.
3. Visit a mosque or gurdwara near you and leave a sign or flowers to show your love and solidarity.
4. Donate to the victims and families of this massacre.
5. Show up to a solidarity event in your community – friends at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice have put together an event list, searchable by zip code: Click here to find an event
If people in your life are hurting right now and need this message, please forward this email to them. This is a time to take one another’s hand. We hold yours.
– Valarie, Amy, Elizabeth, and the Revolutionary Love Fellows
In the wake of the mass shootings in Pittsburgh, Charleston, and Oak Creek, we worked with Auburn Seminary to collect tens of thousands of letters and prayers of support, which were then bound and delivered in person to the survivors and families. In Oak Creek, the books are still preserved in the gurdwara’s library. Long after the media trucks leave, these physical embodiments of solidarity show the community we will not leave their side. Click above to write your message. And donate to the LaunchGood fund set up to support victims and families.