A Response to Our World

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8th Days Response to the State of our World

People fleeing their homes in Syria, the attacks in Paris, the gunman at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, the murder of Laquan McDonald in Chicago; this is our world today.  8th Day Center for Justice refers to the 8th day, the day after the mythical seven-day creation story, the day when we take responsibility for creating a world of peace and justice.  In light of current events, we ask ourselves, “What world are we creating?” The media would like us to believe that we should be afraid, that the compassion we rightly have for those fleeing their country and our desire to help keep them safe is foolish and will lead to our demise. The systems around us further enforce that fear to the point of bigotry. Politicians have suggested separate ID cards for people they determine to be different, heightening “security” measures for certain people, deciding who people are based on what they look like. Using this rhetoric of separation as a guide to decide people’s motives allows for the characterization of a white gunman at Planned Parenthood as a unique instance, out of the norm, even praised by some.  The media, the systems, the subsequent bigotry, has left many of us frozen.  What world do we want to create and how do we do it?  We believe the protests in Chicago on November 27th, Black Friday, in response to the cover up of a police murder of a black teenager Laquan McDonald, give hope to what we can do.  The response of the people shows how we can be a voice for justice and truth in the world.  When we have the courage to resist the status quo, to resist hatred and fear, we begin to build a world rooted in nonviolence and mutuality.

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