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By Michelle Levine

I write this article several days after the calamity in Charlottesville, VA. It is heartbreaking and maddening all at once, that in this the year 2017, such individuals and groups are able to strike fear into the hearts of mainstream America. That minorities, including African Americans, Jews, women, and others who were either peacefully protesting or may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time, were terrorized, injured, and in some cases even killed. The loss of life by Heather Heyer and the two Virginia State Police Officers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, as well as the many injured, is tragic and must stir in us a call to action and social justice. 

Whatever our individual politics, one cannot deny that the assorted hate groups and other fringe individuals seem to feel more free to taunt and even attack those who are different from them. What started as a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, has seeped into every community in every state of every country. For our community, some of us are fearful as to what the fallout locally may be, some are outraged, some are organizing and attending marches and vigils. Whatever you choose to do, it is important to talk about this incident and the historical significance of this happening in 2017 with our families, our friends, and our communities. Let us remain strong, let us be aware, and let us Never Forget. 

For more on this senseless event, please read the following articles: - In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On, August 14, 2017

NY Times - A Guide to the Charlottesville Aftermath, August 13, 2017

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