As representatives of our local interfaith and social justice organizations, we and our allies explicitly stand together to denounce the antisemitic and racist incidents and expressions which continue to rise in our community, across the nation and worldwide. We know, as history continues to teach us, that silence from people of conscience allows such hatred to grow and erupt.
Some of these attacks have been unacceptably rationalized as being motivated by recent international events. We do not take a collective position regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and we understand with compassion that it is a complicated issue with great loss suffered by all involved.
However, we strongly assert that, although it may not be antisemitic to criticize Israeli policies or to express solidarity with the cause of the Palestinians, it is antisemitic to hold all Jews accountable for Israel’s actions, to deny Israel’s right to exist, or to assault Jews under any pretense.
Equally disturbing and important is the recent racist graffiti that was found in Marblehead attacking People of Color. We deplore and denounce all forms of hatred and bigotry as wholly unacceptable.
We call upon all Marblehead leadership to take a direct and active role in standing against the antisemitic rhetoric that our Jewish neighbors continue to experience and the acts of hatred that continue to target People of Color. This rhetoric, widely shared on social media, carved or painted on sea walls, schools and other public places, threatens the very safety of all our neighbors, our Jewish community desiring to display religious symbols or to outwardly express their devotion, and it threatens all People of Color and other marginalized populations who live, work, and visit here.
We call upon our leaders and public safety officials to foster multicultural community involvement that assures the well-being of, and protection for, all people.
Together, we affirm Marblehead to be a place that values and supports everyone, equally. We vow to acknowledge the insidiousness of hate, and to call upon one another to uphold our nation’s sacred vision by assuring equal access to the freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We also encourage participation in the Marblehead Racial Justice Team’s “Hands Up” art exhibit, also sponsored by the Marblehead Task Force Against Discrimination, to establish visible signs and symbols that show that we – the collective – do not tolerate hate or bigotry of any kind. We invite residents and other community members to join with us in affirming these ideals. To participate, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temple Emanu-El, Marblehead
Helaine R. Hazlett
Rev. Dr. Anne Marie Hunter
Judy and Craig Kauffman
North Shore NAACP
Megan Sweeney, co-founder, PowerUP
Swampscott Racial Justice Action Group
North Shore Sides With Love
Mimi Lemay, Human Rights Campaign
Nancy and Arnie Cowan
Chair of the Hamilton Democratic Town Committee
Granger St. Studios
Sue Savarese and Frederick Shepard
Linda, Andy, Lily and Adam Goodspeed
Timothy Carson Averill
Erika Cohen Maddaluno
Veronica and Salvador Faustino
Rebecca Wish Esche and Jeffrey S. Esche
Roberta and Manny DeCruz
Nancy G. Black
G. James McGrew
Ian S. Jacober
Sue Savarese and Frederick Shepard
Jill A. Jacobsen
Mimi Nelson Oliver
Anthony O. Constantino
Shawntel and Jesse Piascik
John and Linda Lu Burciaga
Lauren A. Noyes
Holly Aloha Jaynes
Mary, Peter and Skylar McCarriston
Barbara and Joe Younger