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Carly Pildis @CarlyPildis
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I have read Linda Sarsour’s statement a few times now. It is dishonest, disingenuous and deeply unkind. The goal was not healing or learning - but deflection. I am unimpressed.
This fight is about much more than these leaders and much more than the March. It is about how and when anti-oppression organizing principles are applied. It’s about fighting for justice movements that are working for equity both in policy and within themselves
As someone who wrote, as Sarsour writes, op-ed after op -ed after op-ed, I intend to keep writing. I’ll write about all the ways WM continues to hurt my community and others - and all the very reasonable ways they could make amends but refuse to.
Linda Sarsour gets one thing right. American Jews are in pain. We are mourning. We are frightened. Unfortunately, the WM has amplified that pain, belittled that fear, and attacked us while mourning. Our calls for accountability and action to make amends will not go away.
Linda extols others to do the work that she and her colleagues repeatedly fail to do. There can be no evolution without learning. There can be no forgiveness without an apology. There is no moving forward without action.
WM’s leadership continually tries to redefine the justice movement to exclude Jews. I refuse to accept this.
American Jewish women burned in the triangle shirtwaist fire, risked their lives for the ballot during Freedom Summer, marched with Gloria Steinem and wrote with Betty Friedan.
We fought for marriage equality, Obamacare and so much more. Our blood, sweat and tears lie in justice work, alongside our grandmothers blood swat and tears. We have been fighting for justice in America since we arrived.
I urge Women’s March and their partners to take substantive action to reconcile with American Jewish women. We are incredibly fierce advocates for justice and we deserve respect.
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