“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
— Elie Wiesel
What is happening today in Ukraine invokes images and atrocities caused by the quest for power that has repeated itself over the course of human history. We believe the world needs to unite and stand up to the injustice, pain and suffering to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine now. We can not stand by and watch while people are murdered and their natural rights to freedom are stripped from them.
The Ukrainian cause is universal, but to many of us, it is also personal. Some of us come from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, Poland and Romania. Others from the U.S, Germany, Portugal, Mexico, Italy and Spain.
Many of our grandparents fought for freedom in World War II and suffered in the Holocaust. Several of our families fled the Soviet Union in search of freedom, leaving friends and loved ones behind. Today, we are heartbroken as we watch loved ones and millions of innocent Ukrainians being attacked, displaced and murdered because they, too, want to live in a free and democratic society.
The world is full of differences deserving to be celebrated. Some of us are Jewish, others are atheist, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh. Birthplace, race and religion are irrelevant in the fight for peace and human dignity.