|As this difficult week comes to a close, we are recommitting to publicly mourning for Palestinian lives, as Jews. Our Jewish and political leaders have continuously failed to condemn Israeli violence, so now we must step up.
On Tuesday, May 22nd (just over a week after the horrific violence on Monday) hundreds of American Jews will gather to mourn for Palestinian lives as part of #IfNotUsWho Vigils — our leaders have failed us, so #IfNotUsWho?
Last night we held an Open Call, that over 650 people RSVP’d to, and hundreds of people joined live. We shared stories and held each other’s horror and heartbreak. But there’s only so much we can do on the phone. We must gather in person, in our communities.
Jamie, today, we’re asking you to take on the mantel of leadership and sign up to plan a vigil in your area for Tuesday.
Register your vigil on our national map, here.
We’ve created an in-depth Vigil Planning Guide so that anyone — whether you’ve never organized an event like this, or if you’ve done it 100 times — has the tools they need to make it happen. You can check out the in-depth Vigil Planning Guide, here.
If you sign up to plan an #IfNotUsWho Vigil, you will be matched with an experienced IfNotNow member, who will be with you through every step of the planning process.
And, if you don’t think you can plan a #IfNotUsWho Vigil, that’s alright! We still want you to be able to join us in leading our community in mourning for Palestinian lives. In the coming days, check back on this map to see if another member of your community is organizing a vigil, and then RSVP to attend so they too know they are not alone.
Onward to Tuesday,
P.S. You don’t have to wait till Tuesday to act. Here are four other things you can do right now:
- Donate now to support the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, a human rights organization based in Gaza which works to protect social, economic, and cultural rights and to promote democracy and collective participation in Gaza.
- Attend an IfNotNow vigil, community event, or training in your city.
- Add the fire emoji to your display name on Twitter or Instagram to symbolize that you stand for freedom and dignity for all, including Palestinians and Israelis (click here or check out our twitter feed for examples).
- Sign our petition to political leaders — Kamalla Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi — who have yet to speak out on Israeli violence on Gaza.