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Earlier today I was arrested with 17 other Jews and allies in the Cannon congressional building in Washington, DC, as part of a #NeverAgainIsNow protest against the US government's detention and abuse of immigrants in American-run concentration camps around the country.
As an American Jew, I grew up hearing NEVER AGAIN. Never again can we allow the horrors of the Holocaust. Never again to death camps and forced labor. Never again to ripping children from their parents. Never again to weaponizing abuse, indignity, and dehumanization.
As an American Jew, I also grew up hearing where the world fell short; where humanity failed to live up to that rallying cry of NEVER AGAIN: Cambodia. Bosnia. Rwanda. Darfur. I learned that NEVER AGAIN is both a call to action and a reminder of the cost of inaction.
As you read this, the United States of America is locking children in cages. By not providing adequate facilities, we are forcing women to drink from toilets. We are placing hundreds of people in cells designed for a fraction of that number.
We are dividing families, neglecting medical needs, withdrawing legal aid, making the path more difficult for refugees and those seeking asylum. After a lifetime of hearing NEVER AGAIN, I watch fellow Americans weaponizing abuse, indignity, and dehumanization. Again.
I am taking this action today because standing on the sidelines is not enough.
I am taking action today because I owe it to those who came before me, to all the ones who used their voices and bodies to defend people that society insisted were less than human.
I am taking this action today because I refuse to call these American-run concentration camps anything but what they are.
I am taking this action today because NEVER AGAIN means NEVER AGAIN. And if Congress won’t shut down ICE or CBP, we’ll do it ourselves.
Ready to get involved? Visit neveragainaction.com for more information on Never Again actions around the country.
Ready to do more? Visit rebeccakling.com/post/but-what-… for opportunities to help immigrants post bail, fund legal aid for refugees, host refugees in your home, get trained to volunteer with asylum-seekers, and more.
So push yourself, stretch past your comfort zone, and take action. No matter what, I beg you to do SOMETHING. No one can do everything, but everyone can find a way to help. Because Never Again is NOW.
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