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The Association of Religious Communities
strongly condemns the white supremacist acts of violence,
bigotry and hate in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017. We mourn the
senseless loss of life and offer our deepest condolences and
love to the injured victims of these cowardly acts of terrorism.

Our nation is a place of vitality because of our diversity.
We stand in solidarity with those who also stand by the values
of honoring our existence as part of
one human family.

Everyone should feel safe to live, love, worship,
and walk in the street
without fear.

We stand in solidarity with those who want to
make America great, for all people.

On behalf of the ARC Board of Directors,
Joe Walkovich, Board President
Rev. Phyllis J. Leopold, Executive Director

Danbury News Times - August 27, 2017.

Letter to the editor

"The KKK, neo-Nazis and alt-right don't have the power," said Rush Limbaugh on the Aug. 18 WLAD broadcast and then he continued, "but I'll tell you who does! Black Lives Matter. And the left." Rush rounded out his view by essentially concluding groups like KKK simply do not have the power to shape how people think, vote, or act.

Interesting that Black Lives Matter would be aligned by Rush Limbaugh as "having power." He was not at all fond of their power. He proceeded to make fun of it.

Still, Rush could not help but admit that Black Lives Matter and other similar, but different, pop-up groups, as he described, "on the left," are the real movers and shakers in this country.

Throughout U.S. history, it is people who take to the streets that end up shaping the norms of society.

Up and until 1920 (just a few years before many of our mothers were born) women could not vote. Then came a grassroots pop-up group: the suffragettes. People thought they were weird, unfeminine, and un-American. We do not know the name of every suffragette. But we know what happened.

In 1965, The Voting Rights Act became law. Maybe you were in the civil rights movement or, if you're on the young side, have read about it in books. Whatever your age, you know the names "Rosa Parks" and "the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr." and you know what happened

Rush Limbaugh was quite right. The people taking to today's streets, the pop-up groups, are all over our country and cannot be written off.

There are pop-up groups right here in Danbury, standing up for love and justice. To borrow from someone we never thought we would quote, "they ARE more powerful than the KKK." Let that sink in, and keep popping up!

The Rev. Phyllis J. Leopold,
Executive director,
Association of Religious Communities
Rabbi Ari Rosenberg,
Executive director Temple Sholom,
and ARC board member

Revelation is the process whereby the myriad strands of life's 'threads of complexity' blend into the single golden cord of the 'simplicity of Being.'    ÐonL

Kahil Gibran

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