More Resolved to Not Go Quiet

A thirty-year-old Black man was recently shot here in Minnesota, USA. I’d like to hear how people have organized, led, and brought people together around the killing of Black men by police officers in the United States.

Here are some things I am trying:

  • A Rabbi at my synagogue and I are talking about having a gather-in or listening circle so we can stay connected, get clearer, and think about our next steps.
  • I have recently been carrying a Black Lives Matter sign everywhere I go. I am practicing listening and trying things without having an agenda. It has led to impromptu conversations and been a nice push to think on my feet. It has also led to conversations about racism with our six-year-old daughter, and her friends are asking about the sign and talking about racism and Black people.
  • I am reaching out to my Black friends.

I am more resolved to not go quiet. Lighting the candles at Shabbat last Friday night felt different. I felt more united and connected with others. We are in this fight together.

Alicia Phillips
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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