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2019-07-18 06:53:48 -0400
I tried signing up for your newsletter but the link doesn’t work…
2019-07-03 00:37:20 -0400
Are you planning to join the Lights for Liberty vigil on July 12th? I’ll be in Pittsburgh and would like to join you.
2019-06-29 11:38:12 -0400
I am interested to know if you know of or are organizing any events to stand as witness to the wrong of the deportation centers. I would be eager to work to create an event
2019-04-25 15:51:49 -0400
Hi – I’m a journalist with Al Jazeera English TV. I wanted to see if I can set up an on camera interview with someone from Bend the Arc for this Sunday, the 28th. My team and I are doing a story on candidates addressing racism and Antisemitism in the 2020 presidential campaign
Harold Hunter Jr
2019-03-26 23:24:21 -0400
On the antwon rose shooting and verdict, are you aware of Graham v Connor and Tennessee v Garner us supreme Court cases on cops use of force? Google it.
State laws are similar to
This is what black lives matter has not told the public
Harold Hunter Jr
704 674 4069
2019-03-21 11:23:50 -0400
Such a beautiful thing from your beautiful hearts to knit those beautiful purple flowers for the Rose 🌹 family. Would like to see if there’s something I can do to help do wonderful things like that.
tweeted link to
2019-03-19 13:13:29 -0400
2019-03-19 13:11:46 -0400
I’m soooo happy to know you exist.
As an African American I’ve witnessed far too many injustices against people of color. I never understood why some of my caucasian friends would come to me expressing outrage when people of their race were killed unjustly, but never expressed one word or did one thing to show their support for my race especially when police are involved in murdering blacks or when a hate crime is committed against people of color. They seem to have blinders on when those things happen.
My friend who grew up in a Jewish home is not a racist. She supports diversity, but she fails to see or respond appropriately when people of my race experience social and economic injustices. She’s capable of seeing the wrongs and expresses outrage when crimes are committed against Jewish people or wrongs done to her white friends. When such is done to people of color she is supportive if it’s brought to her attention, but no action seems to follow. She stays in her safe zone. I never understood that. I see that same kind of reponse from many white people and it leaves me with bitter feelings that aren’t healthy. I believe all people no matter your race or cultural background know wrongs when they see them. Some just choose to keep blinders on and only fight for justice when wrongs are committed against people from their own race. They fail to understand all pain hurts no matter who the victim is. Every race must learn to view wrong with color-blind eyes. That’s what will make every race stronger and help humanity as a whole.
In closing, I thank you for standing for justice for all people. I deeply appreciate your support as it relates to justice for Antywan Rose and his family. He didn’t deserve to die as he did.
I am a senior citizen raising my 12-year-old granddaughter due to the premature death of her mom. I don’t have a lot of time to give but I will make time to support as many of your efforts as I can. I look forward to meeting your members at some future event.
2019-03-19 12:08:23 -0400
How can I purchase people roses?
2019-02-18 08:38:59 -0500
Good morning. My name is Delilah Hollander, and I run a
. I was wondering if you could arrange for some sort of representative to contact me with some sort of materials to present to them about your organization
2019-02-11 19:49:48 -0500
I signed up and I am doing texting but I was hoping I might actually meet some of the other members at some event.
2019-01-22 12:00:41 -0500
I thought that Sara Stock Mayo’s speech was absolutely great. Randall
2019-01-17 11:23:24 -0500
Good morning. My name is Julian Routh. I’m a reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I’m working on a story about accusations of anti-Semitism in relation to the national leadership of the Women’s March, and I’m honing in on the Pittsburgh affiliate march. I’d like to speak with someone from Bend the Arc about the march for the story, which is expected to run in tomorrow’s newspaper.
2018-11-30 12:18:48 -0500
First of all we want to invite you to the Keti Koti Table (see info below) and secondly we would like to ask you is if you could come up with some suggestions who we could approach to sing some mourning songs at the start of the Keti Koti Table . during the commemoration March after the tragedy in the synagogue we all sang a beautiful mourning song guide by a couple of women. Would you know how I can reach out to them? Any other suggestions are very welcome.
my phone number is 1(412)553-9959
Thank you in advance for your responds
Please join us in a special dialogue-dinner event on December 5th, 6:00-8:30 PM at the William Pitt Union (Kurtzman Room), during which we will engage in personal dialogue in the wake of the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue here in Pittsburgh. This event and the dialogue will be facilitated by the Dutch Keti Koti Table foundation, which has facilitated hundreds of reconciliation dialogues between diverse groups in the Netherlands, Germany and the US over the last 5 years, and is sponsored by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Organization Committee for Diversity and Inclusion,the Department of Anthropology and the Centre for Philosophy of Science
As the Keti Koti Table’s founders, Mercedes Zandwijken (from African-Dutch descent) and Dr. Machiel Keestra (visiting fellow at U Pittsburgh’s Center for Philosophy of Science, from Jewish-Dutch descent), are living in Squirrel Hill since September, they were shocked and moved by the attack and Pittsburgh’s response ‘Love is Stronger than Hate’. Yet they also recognized how the black community noticed that this applaudable demonstration of solidarity has not always been equally displayed after violence against black fellow citizens. This inspired Zandwijken & Keestra to reach out and propose a facilitated dialogue session about ‘Commemorating, Healing and Connecting Segregated Communities’.
The Keti Koti Table is a newly ‘invented tradition’ which initially focused on commemorating and celebrating the abolition of slavery in the Netherlands and its ongoing impact, yet which has expanded its aims over the years. Inspired by the Jewish Passover Seder table, the African-American Kwanzaa festival and the Dutch Ramadan festival, it combines rituals, mourning and freedom songs performed by a choir and festive meals which together create a safe and intimate context that is beneficial for personal exchanges. For the current occasion, the Keti Koti Table will combine Jewish and African-American elements. Adressing questions that have been prepared for the specific occasion, the Keti Koti Table facilitates a structured dialogue between individual participants in which listening is equally important as speaking.
We are glad to welcome at this Keti Koti Table a highly diverse group of Pittsburgh citizens, all of whom are in one way or another touched by the terrible event last month. Sharing our experiences and insights with each other, we can together commemorate and reflect upon the event, thus creating connections between different communities. Yet we will do this while not neglecting the overlaps and differences in the impact the event has made. Your contribution to this special evening is appreciated and we look forward to your participation. As seats are limited, we ask you to fill in this
-form asap while indicating your (self-identified) cultural background, since we aim to balance participation of different groups at this special event:
Allison Gremba (PhD Candidate, Dept. Anthropology, U Pittsburgh)
Glenn Harris (PhD Candidate Mathematics, Northern Illinois U)
Warner Sabio (Graduate Student, History, U Pittsburgh)
Mercedes Zandwijken (Keti Koti Table foundation – www.ketikotitafel.nl)
Machiel Keestra (Keti Koti Tafel foundation; U Pittsburgh, U of Amsterdam)
2018-11-26 10:40:14 -0500
My name is Rebecca Scarborough, and I am the Campaign Coordinator and Movement Building intern with the Darfur Women Action Group (
). We are a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. that works with survivors of the ongoing Darfur genocide, providing support and empowerment in order to help them combat violence, address human rights abuses, and collaborate with others to promote peace.
I am writing on behalf of DWAG’s president, Niemat Ahmadi, to invite your organization to join our Rapid Response Network or become partners with our organization.
The suffering of the Darfuris has gone on for fifteen years. Unfortunately, due to the lack of media coverage and suppression of media within Sudan, many people may believe that the genocide in Darfur is over. The truth is that over three million people have been displaced and currently live in International Displacement Person (
) camps, where they have lived since 2003. Despite being formally charged by the International Criminal Court of the United Nations for genocide and war crimes in 2009, President al-Bashir has not yet been formally arrested and has traveled outside of Sudan with impunity. We want to make sure the truth comes to light. We cannot do this without your support and the ability to mobilize the masses.
Our Rapid Response Network connects dedicated volunteers across the United States, providing education and advocacy materials to support volunteers in raising awareness of the Darfuri genocide.
Whenever the Sudanese government partakes in human rights abuses and international law violations,
seeks to mobilize our rapid responders to educate and notify the public in-person and through social media in order to pressure the Sudanese government and other appropriate governments and policymakers to take the necessary action immediately.
My email address is
Please contact me if you are interested in speaking further. Thank you for your consideration!
2018-11-11 18:01:07 -0500
How much money does the
Soros give you?
2018-11-05 22:25:01 -0500
This article is more hateful and isolating to me than anything I’ve heard from anybody in the Trump administration. Who are you and your so-called moral minyan (which is neither, by the way) to attribute Republican partisan motives to a deluded murderer who among many other grievances did
support Trump because the President is a globalist with too many k*kes around him. You all should be deeply ashamed of yourselves. I know that I am deeply ashamed of all of you.
2018-11-05 18:14:09 -0500
I thought I was going to help by texting?
2018-11-02 07:51:28 -0400
Hello. My name is Abigail Gallen, and I am a sophomore at North Allegheny Intermediate High School. I am the President of the North Allegheny Social Justice Club, and in response to the recent tragedy at Tree of Life, we would like to become involved in aiding our city and the Jewish community. We want to be there for whatever is needed, whether it be vigils, protests, memorials, fundraising, and more. Let me know how I can get my club involved :)
2018-11-01 11:20:04 -0400
I was completely shocked by your article until I read you are a Liberal group. You slandered a man without any proof. God hates a liar and lying is what you have done. Trump or his policies no more incited that man to murder than you did. Trump is no more for a white nationalist country than God is. You are inciting hate because of the lies you are spewing. All because of your politicial agenda. God will hold you accountable for your
! Yes, your hate for President Trump comes shineing through. You have taken a terrible event and turned it into an opportunity for you to spew your political beliefs. You have turned the focus of our nations sorrow for the victims and their families to focus on yourselves. Shame on you!😡
2018-11-01 10:14:56 -0400
I would like to organize a protest in cleveland this Monday when Trump visits. We want to make banners just like yours. I need help/mentorship. Would someone from your team be willing to talk with me? Thank you.
2018-10-31 17:36:39 -0400
As a Jew, I find it incredible that a man who has embraced pluralism in his business; welcomed a Jew into his family to marry his daughter, who has herself converted to Judaism; and proven himself to be the first
friend in the White House to Israel in decades, is not welcome to share his consolation with you. Yet you assuredly would have welcomed Hillary Clinton with open arms, NO friend of Israel; and so with the ex-Muslim president, who was ready to give $150 billion of our money to the country who speaks of Israel and Jews as a “cancer.” Are you all for real? Were you born stupid, or do you work at it? You have spent all your rhetoric so far in denouncing and blaming the president, yet we have heard nothing from you excoriating the killer; how odd! How intellectually dishonest and disrespectful – as well as just plain stupid. “There’s nobody dumber than a dumb Jew,” said a Jew, and he was right, and you prove it. “Never again” is
happening – thanks to your ilk who vote for those who are not friends of the Jew nor of Israel. You continue to encourage the foxes to come into the coop; how many more attacks from Islam do you need? Your recent tragedy, sad though it is, is nothing compared to what Islam has already done to us. Thanks to your stupidity, we can expect only more. How arrogant and ignorant and audacious of you to expect the president to denounce other hate groups
whom he has already done so (look back at his comments and videos following Charlottesville, etc.)
according to your tailored rhetoric. He is
your robot. He has more than sufficiently done what you say he has not. Give it a rest, and wake up! And issue an apology to his Jewish son-in-law and Jewish daughter, you shameless bastards!
2018-10-31 17:28:27 -0400
Writing from Boston, Thank you beyond words for the tremendous job Bend The Arc has done in mounting such a powerful protest against Trump’s forced visit to Pittsburg yesterday. In the midst of Trump’s plague of darkness, your open letter is a shining light of protest and hope, signed now by more than 100,000, including me.
I think you might be interested in a Get Out The Vote anthem made by a little group of seniors living in a retirement community in Canton, MA. It’s called Blue Wave Rising, and you can see it on YouTube. Please pass it on and post on
social media sites. Here’s the link:
2018-10-31 15:36:37 -0400
Last night, Rachel Maddow showed a clip of the vigil during Trump’s visit. Included was a lovely song/chant for which I am told you passed out copies of the words. Can you supply me with a copy?
: I live in Oberlin OH, but grew up in on Denniston Ave in Pittsburgh.)
2018-10-31 14:13:11 -0400
The headline to your post announcing the Text Banking for the midterms states the event is on Nov. 4. However, the actual text of that announcing states the event will be on Nov. 11. Please make sure you put the correct dates. Don’t want people thinking this event is taking place
the actual midterms!!
2018-10-31 10:21:54 -0400
Hi, I joined in your demonstration yesterday and want to thank you for organizing such a beautiful event. I was hoping to help during the election on Tuesday by giving rides to the polls for anyone who needs it. Wondering if you are organizing anything like this, or if there’s anyone in your network who has reached out about this?
2018-10-31 08:30:39 -0400
I do not know if this is possible but the East-West Divan Orchestra is touring the United States. If ever there was a city that needs the message of this amazing group of talented people it is Pittsburgh. Would love to see it happen
2018-10-31 07:10:09 -0400
Just wanted to ask if you would be interested in getting external help with graphic design?
We do all design work like banners, advertisements, photo edits, logos, flyers, etc. for a fixed monthly fee.
We don’t charge for each task. What kind of work do you need
on a regular basis? Let me know and I’ll share my portfolio with you.
2018-10-30 23:57:58 -0400
This is an absolute disgrace to the victims of the tragedy and to Jewish people in general. Shame on you.
2018-10-30 23:20:39 -0400
Please define Hate speech. Did you renounce Democrat Maxine Waters who called for the assassination of Pres. Trump? Or DeNiro’s “F&@
Trump” at the Tony Awards?
is hate speech.
Trump is not making it political, you are. Mr.Trump is not divisive, you are. Yes, words do have consequences, even more so when they reek of disrespect, lies, and hypocrisy. Stop putting words in the President’s mouth and twisting every utterance to fit your alt-left radical agenda.