by Rabbi David Basior Do you remember where you were when 9/11 happened? Most likely, if you were above the age of five, you have a memory of where you were that day. I was in New York City and had just entered my midtown Manhattan office where I served as an assistant at a … Continue reading Opinion: Fighting Antisemitism in the Name of Collective Liberation
Photos by Alex Garland Story by Aaron Burkhalter Emma Klein stood in a line of people locked together at the wrists outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters on the 29th floor of a building in Downtown Seattle Aug. 8. She was one of 10 people blocking two entrances into the office to disrupt … Continue reading PHOTOS: Jewish Activists Say ‘Never Again Is Now’ At Rally Downtown
by Carolyn Bick “Rabbi, what do we do with the cookies?” a young girl asked, as she delicately held a Star of David cookie heavily frosted with icing and purple sprinkles. Kadima Reconstructionist Rabbi David Basior looked over, and said with a grin, “Well, I think you eat them.”
by Aaron Burkhalter More than a thousand people filled the space at Muslim Association of Puget Sound in Redmond on the evening of March 18 to mourn the 50 people in New Zealand who died in a massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
by Carolyn Bick “Jesus. Active shooter at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.” Surrounded by shadows created by the early Saturday morning light filtering into the bedroom, I stare at my mother’s text. Grief sticks in my throat like a bone. She doesn’t say it, and neither do I, but I say it later to my husband: … Continue reading Anti-Semitism Didn’t Die with the Holocaust
by the COVID-19 Mutual Aid Solidarity Network (Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Awareness Group, Creative Justice, No New Youth Jail, Pacific Rim Solidarity Network) Dear Governor Jay Inslee, We call on you to act immediately to protect the lives of Washington State citizens confined in our prisons and jails. As the coronavirus presently threatens the health … Continue reading Op-Ed: An Open Letter to Governor Inslee to Protect Our Detained and Incarcerated Loved Ones
by Rabbi David Basior When my dad texted me “School shooting at Stoneman Douglas today” at 2:13pm PST on February 14, 2018, I didn’t really know what to expect. I was busy. I had meetings and deadlines. I couldn’t be bothered. Over an hour later, I replied: “Wow.” “I know, police just reported, 17 killed,” … Continue reading Gun Control Alone Can’t Solve the Problem of Dehumanizing Violence
by Rabbi David Basior Friday before last, I led a morning Jewish prayer service at the construction site of the new youth jail in King County, and witnessed police arrest six participants. I was leading the service as part of the People’s Moratorium, an effort to halt construction of the planned facility.
by Marilee Jolin A warm, spring sun shone down Monday morning as 70+ people gathered on the corner of 1st Ave N and Republican, across the street from the offices of Howard S. Wright Co., to oppose the King County’s plan to build a new youth jail. To commemorate the start of Passover, as well … Continue reading Jews, Christians protest new youth jail in Table Turning/Passover Monday
by Kelsey Hamlin On Friday afternoon, Amazon employees gazing from the windows of the tech behemoth’s South Lake Union headquarters caught a glimpse of hundreds of devout Muslims, clergy, labor unionists and some of their fellow workers engaged in a mass prayer demonstration to support some of the company’s subcontractors who see Amazon’s current policies … Continue reading Pray-In Spotlights Amazon for Subcontractor’s Alleged Discriminationatory Policies