Statement of Solidarity: Bridging Communities and Protecting Innocent Lives

The Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) is deeply grieved by the recent surge of violence in Israel and Gaza. RCNV condemns all acts of violence that have occurred in the past few days. Reports indicate that hundreds have been killed and thousands wounded, both Israelis and Palestinians. Our hearts go out to all those affected, as we are deeply committed to the principle that every life, no matter where they reside, is equally precious and deserving of peace, safety, and security.

At the RCNV, our unwavering commitment to nonviolence and social justice leads us to stand in solidarity with the Jewish and Palestinian community, particularly during these challenging times marked by the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas. We believe it is paramount to center the values of Kingian Philosophy, protect innocent lives, and actively bridge communities toward freedom, understanding, and unity.

RCNV’s North Star is to build trust and belonging within communities, fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and heard. We firmly believe that understanding and empathy are the cornerstones of progress and positive change. In times of conflict and turmoil, we are called to double down on these principles to prevent division from becoming our collective failure.

We take this moment to reaffirm our dedication to peace, justice, and the well-being of all communities, irrespective of their backgrounds or affiliations. In this spirit, RCNV is actively engaging Jewish leaders and stakeholders to convene and discuss actions that community leaders can take to support the continued well-being of the Jewish community.

Our commitment to solidarity does not waver when faced with complex and divisive conflicts. Instead, it grows stronger. We firmly believe that by practicing nonviolence and striving for understanding, we can contribute to the healing process and the protection of innocent lives.

The forces of conflict may seek to distract and divide us, but we remain resolute in our mission to bridge communities and protect all who are vulnerable. We recognize that peace and unity are not the absence of conflict but the presence of justice and understanding.

RCNV stands as a beacon of hope, reminding us that our collective strength lies in our ability to empathize, unite, and work together to safeguard the well-being of all. In these trying times, we reiterate our commitment to justice, nonviolence, and a future where no innocent lives are lost to the horrors of conflict.

Together, we can move forward, building a world where all communities are bound by solidarity and the shared vision of a just, peaceful, and harmonious future.

In solidarity and peace,

Silvia Morales 
Executive Director 
Resource Center for Nonviolence

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