All other press releases and responses are posted on La Convivencia's Facebook page.
La Convivencia's StatementCondemning Recent Violence -May 30, 2020
“If you believe in justice and equality you believe in it all of the time, for all people”. Ijeoma Oluo This week, we mourn the death of George Floyd, a 46-year old African American man who was handcuffed and pinned to the ground by an officer’s knee in Minneapolis. The death of Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot dead while jogging still haunts us. As horrifying as these deaths are, they are not unique- such terrible events have occurred many times in the history of the United States, and still continue to this day. The number of African Americans targeted on the basis of race or ethnicity is shocking. African Americans continue to suffer the abuse of systemic racism and live in daily fear of public lynching. When will America learn from her mistakes? Are we teaching our children that prejudice is the norm, that racism will always exist in this country? La Convivencia has and always will condemn any hate crime, whether fueled by racism, prejudice, or discrimination. Hate begets hate-- no positive end will result from intolerance. Prejudice thrives on bias and stereotypes, so we must connect ourselves to these issues and ask ourselves questions: who are we and how do we want to respond to injustice? What does it mean to be a minority in the United States? During the COVID-19 pandemic, what does it mean to be Asian American? Discrimination towards Asian Americans surged, resulting in physical and verbal attacks. Every individual is responsible to ask themselves: am I complacent with a racist status quo? Do I submit to ugly narratives because I am afraid to stand up and speak out? We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of color. We stand together refusing to blame any ethnic group for a disease. We denounce the genocide that began at the birth of our nation, 400 years of systemic racism, and acts of violence that intimate as well as physically harm. Every person has a voice to use against hate crimes. Raise it! La Convivencia is dedicated to calling out hate and promoting social equality and humanity. Please use your voices and join us in condemning such atrocities and calling for true justice. Raise your voices to fight for those whose voices are marginalized and diminished in our national stand for social justice. #JusticeLaConvivencia #StandUpWithLaConvivencia #Talk Love Not Hate #BLM
La Convivencia stands in Solidarity with Jewish Communities - Dec. 30, 2019
La Convivencia is horrified by a recent attack on five Hasidic Jews who were stabbed during a holiday celebration at the home of their Rabbi in Monsey, New York. No one should fear for their life because of who they are, what they believe, or how they worship. La Convivencia stands in solidarity with the Jewish community of Rockland County, and the greater Jewish community in the face of this anti-Semitic attack. Governor Cuomo of New York has attributed these attacks to "American cancer that is spreading in the body politic," and has committed to the future passage of legislation in New York to combat such domestic terrorism.
La Convivencia Response to New Zealand Mosque Attack- March 15, 2019
La Convivencia condemns violence and hatred in every form. The terrorist attacks on two New Zealand mosques at the time of Friday prayer today can be described as little more than terrifying, horrific, and disgusting acts of hate. To the Christchurch and global Muslim communities: we stand with you and for you. Until the day that people of all religions can practice freely without fear of negative responses from their communities, comments online, xenophobic policies from lawmakers, or DEATH at places of worship, our work toward coexistence is never over. And just as we mourn for our brothers and sisters of other faiths when places of worship and specific communities are attacked, today, on their holy day, we mourn for the 49 Muslims gunned down by a white-nationalist terrorist. Keep those affected in your prayers, and do not allow events like this to slip your memory in your thoughts and conversations as you and your community work toward coexistence as well.
La Convivencia Response to the Synagogue Attack - October 27, 2018
It's a very sad day for all of us. La Convivencia denounces this horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue and condemns any kind of hate and bigotry. We all have a right to attend our houses of worship without any fear. La Convivencia expresses its sorrows for the victims from the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. The victims and their families are in our prayers. We should rise as one in solidarity with the Jewish community. We must stand together, raise our voices, and show that love is stronger than hate!
La Convivencia Expresses Solidarity with Sikh Community and Joins in Condemnation of Racist ‘Turban Man’ Reference to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal by Radio Hosts- August 6, 2018
We at La Convivencia (means coexistence) were deeply shocked to hear about the two radio hosts on station 101.5 making remarks creating a negative stereotype for NJ's newest Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. Mr. Grewal follows the Sikh faith which encourages men to wear turbans in respect to their faith. Knowing that the two hosts were suspended for merely ten days, La Convivencia sincerely encourages the management and staff of station 101.5 to consider participating in rigorous bias and diversity training similar to that legislated by former Governor Chris Christie in 2016 for the NJ State police. While La Convivencia supports free and full exercise of the 1st Amendment, this is not the first time we have heard negative stereotypes and racial/cultural bias perpetuated on this radio station. As our Attorney General has stated in response, 'words matter and comments can lead to conduct,'. La Convivencia hopes that the management and staff of station 101.5 will be encouraged to recommit to civility and respect in its on air discourse. La Convivencia is a nonprofit that aims to bring together diverse people to bridge differences, break stereotypes, and increase peaceful communication through community service, civic dialogue and interfaith encounters. We believe our differences can be powerful tools we can use to strengthen the fabric of our communities.