Community and Faith Leaders Advocate for Kindness
Support for the #ATXKind Rally for Kindness is pouring in from around the state.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who spoke at the rally said, "Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote 'Acts of kindness never die. They linger in the memory, giving life to other acts in return.' We must keep working so that those with hate in their hearts and violence on their minds come to see what we see."
He added, before the rally, "Cruelty, like Covid, may never be eliminated, but we can reduce its virulence. I’m participating in #ATXKind Rally for Kindness to help inoculate against violence and hate."
State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez said, "It is incumbent upon us to look at the scourge of anti-semitism in our community & act to ensure kindness, not hate, is cultivated. Never again must mean never again, always. Thank you to @adl and @shalomaustin for hosting this important rally and space of solidarity. #ATXKind"
Austin Mayor Steve Adler thanked everyone for coming, adding prior to the event, "Hate has no place in Austin. The Rally for Kindness 2-4 p.m. this Sunday on the Capitol steps is an opportunity to gather and heal from recent antisemitic acts in our city. #ATXKind"
State Sen. Sarah Eckhardt said, "Hate has no place in Austin. The Rally for Kindness 2-4 p.m. this Sunday on the Capitol steps is an opportunity to gather and heal from recent antisemitic acts in our city. #ATXKind"
Austin ISD Trustee Arati Singh, who held a listening session for parents in the days after someone spray painted antisemitic, racist, and homophobic graffiti at Anderson High School, said, "It was an amazing rally. The highlight was meeting these awesome @AHSnewss students: Ford, Hannah, and Riley. They give me so much hope."
Austin Asian Communities Civic Coalition's Zohaib Qadri said, "In 2017, my hometown mosque was burned down. At a time where it seemed like there was no love, our Jewish neighbors cared for us. After a rise in anti-Semitic attacks in our community - we must show them the same support and fight against hate by uplifting kindness."
After the rally, Rudy Metayer, President & Executive Director of the Texas Black Caucus Foundation and Pflugerville City Council Member, said, "We must continue to speak out against hate and intolerance in all of its forms. The conversation I had about these recent antisemitic acts with my 8 year old daughter wasn’t easy, but was necessary so that the next generation doesn’t repeat our mistakes."
The Austin Latino Coalition said, "WE WILL ALWAYS STAND with our Jewish Hermanas & Hermanos!"
ATXKind is grateful for all of the inspirational words our speakers shared at the Rally for Kindness and tremendous community support. Our journey is just beginning. We'll share more soon on our future efforts to unify our community and spread kindness.