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Today, we’d like to offer a special message, one that we consider important in today’s increasingly polarized society.
OOA is, and has been for its history, a proponent for peace and social justice movements. Though we encourage respectful discussion, we are disheartened by some of the negative rhetoric we see in our email inboxes from other organizations and on our personal social media pages from both individuals and organizations, many of whom consider themselves “progressive”. Name-calling, insults, threats, wishing harm to opponents or to people with differing views – these are all unacceptable, especially at a time when peaceful, compassionate, and accurate statements with the goal of building solidarity and community in our besieged world are of utmost importance.
We know that you, like us, agree that courageous truth telling must be our goal. We hope that you all will join us in encouraging compassionate dialogue and action energized by justice.
Thank you for all each of you do to make this world a better place, and this movement even stronger, in difficult times,
Theresa and Blase