Making change

Good afternoon:

Acts of bigotry and hateful rhetoric are on the rise nationally and locally.

But so are acts of loving kindness.

This reality is playing itself out on at the Lake Harriet Community School's Upper Campus, where Nazi-inspired graffiti was sprayed onto an exterior door of the building. This is the 17th antisemitic incident reported to the JCRC in 2019.

While this incident was meant to inspire fear, division, and even violence, the community has responded with love, compassion, and unity. We saw that this morning as children, parents, educators, neighbors, law enforcement, and others gathered to chalk positive and inclusive messages on the sidewalk outside the school.

The school and its neighbors have again invited folks to come this Sunday, August 4 at 2:00 PM to cover the sidewalks in messages of love and unity. Please join us on Sunday at LHCS (4912 Vincent Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55410).

We are grateful to Minneapolis Public Schools, the Minneapolis Police Department, and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office for their response to this incident and solidarity with the Jewish community.

Let's continue to show the world that love is stronger than hate and attempts to harm and divide will only bring us closer together.

Shabbat Shalom,

Steve Huengs

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