Charlottesville and White Supremacy Rallies: Silence only Condones Racism

In NABA News by Guo Cheen0 Comments

North American Buddhist Alliance (NABA) stands in solidarity
with the courageous who defend equality, not supremacy,
with the peace-loving who care for the victims of violence and their families,
not any perpetrator of harm,
with the believers of inherent goodness in humanity who aim to peel away biases,
not the docile adherents to social conditioning.

NABA sends merit and loving-kindness to all at Charlottesville on August 12th, 2107,
also the white supremacy rallies and the anti-racism protests around the U.S. and beyond since then.

NABA will organize a series of online discussions in the next few months about Buddhist views on what we can do, in the wake of Charlottesville. Save these dates:
September 11 at 4 PM PDT/ 7 PM EDT, October 9 at 4 PM PDT/ 7 PM EDT, and another date to be determined in November.

NABA continues to be vigilant in sharing and offering ways that practitioners of Buddhism may ease race relations and trauma in the face of injustice at a personal level, sangha level, and societal level.

Below are more than 100 statements on Charlottesville from political, religious, humanitarian, corporate, educational sectors and more. Most succinctly condemn violence and racism in America, some share additional resources about racial justice, others list links about self-care.

Observations may be made about the following list of statements, which is by no means comprehensive.
NABA affirms that it is all the more crucial to bring together pan-Buddhistic leaders and teachers into council during difficult times such as this. Please email Info @ NorthAmericanBuddhistAlliance .org with recommendations and introductions.

President Donald Trump’s Initial Statement, August 14

President Donald Trump’s Second Statement, August 15

Former Presidents George Bush

Former President Barack Obama

Members of U.S. Congress

Republican National Committee

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

AFL-CIO

United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), Region 9A

Teamsters for a Democratic Union

American Civil Liberties Union 

American Civil Liberties Union, Virginia

Anti-Defamation League

National Urban League

League of Women Voters 

Women’s Bar Association

League of the South

National LGBTQ Task Force

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center 

American Library Association

Association of Performing Arts Professionals

National Association of Social Workers

The National Council on Public History 

Native Americans in Philanthropy

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Western Environmental Law Center

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Democratic Socialists of America

The Socialist Party

Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation

Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement

Democracy Fund

Demos

The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

Church World Service

The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

MomsRising

100 Black Men of Atlanta

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

Courage Campaign

The Three Percenters

City of Charlottesville

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

Charlottesville (VA) Chamber

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman 

Parliament of the World’s Religions

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Union for Reform Judaism    

United Methodist Church - Council of Bishops

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Reformed African American Network

Rabbinical Council of America

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America

Congregation Beth Jacob

Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee

The Christian Reformed Church

Soka Gakkai International

Friends Council

American Sikh Council

Pir Zia

Archdiocese of Newark

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Virginia Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, MI

Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

Episcopal Diocese of Ohio

Diocese of Baton Rouge

 

American Association of University Professors

Women in Planetary Science

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 

Harvard University

Penn State

North Carolina State University

Southwestern College

Occidental College

Duke University

Smith College

Western Washington University

William & Mary

Africana Studies at Cornell University

Fordham University’s Jewish Student Organization

San Diego State University

University of Missouri System

Hollins University

Lehman College

University of Georgia

Antioch University

Northern Seminary

University of Virginia Basketball Coast Tony Bennett

Sigma Delta Tau

Kappa Sigma Fraternity

University of Nevada, Reno

 

YWCA of Queens

Sierra Club

Indivisible Guide

Asian Counseling & Referral Service

New Profit

Habitat for Humanity

Sun Tribe Solar

Caterpillar

Family of Robert E. Lee

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