Executive Director Jen Kiok and BWC Respond to Charleston, SC Massacre

Last night 60 members of our community gathered at our annual meeting to talk about building a more inclusive, caring, inter-generational community that works together towards racial justice.
 
As we gathered with our community in Boston, members of The Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church gathered with their community in Charleston, SC. Their prayer service turned into a hate filled racist massacre.    
  
We at Boston Workmen's Circle mourn and remember the lives of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lee Lance, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr., Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, and Susie Jackson.  We decry this violent act of racism. 
 
Tonight all over the country people will gather in AME churches for prayer and vigil services honoring the victims and their families. Here in Boston, a service will be held at the Bethel AME church on 38 Walk Hill Street in Jamaica Plain at 7pm
 
Last night we affirmed our commitment to work as a Jewish community for racial justice. Today we are sharply reminded of how much work there is to be done.
 
In Solidarity,
 
Jen Kiok