A Call for Peace, Dignity, Equality and a Healthy Planet

Dear friends,
What a week! Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death last Friday was a hard blow to our nation and the work we still need to do. On Monday, the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres presided over the International Day of Peace and made a new push for a global ceasefire to be a reality by the end of 2020. In his opening statement, he said, “there is only one winner of conflict during a pandemic: the virus itself”. In the US, we can count 200,000 lives lost to the virus, and the grieving families left behind – families who are disproportionately black and indigenous. The devastating fires and floods from climate catastrophe around the world leave the vulnerable more so. And then yesterday, we learned that the officers who killed Breonna Taylor will not face charges. A week of grief, mourning, outrage and horror, but also, if we look deeply, one of hope, empathy and humanity.

Last Friday also began the Jewish feast of Rosh Hashanah, the days to feast and pray for a sweet New Year leading up to the high holy days of Yom Kippur calling the faithful to repent and reflect. We have much to reflect on. The events of this week call us to face the critical need for peace, dignity, equality and a healthy planet. Covid-19 and climate disruptions are contagious, but so is each step on the path to real enduring change. In memory of all we have lost, in Breonna’s name and with RBG inspiring us, let’s keep walking…Betsy

Ruth Bader Ginsberg :
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”