I'M RAISING MONEY FOR THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER BY MEDITATING FOR 8 HOURS ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17.
Like many of you, I've been deeply troubled by the recent hateful demonstrations in Charlottesville and elsewhere. While some of you may consider me naive, I find myself shocked that hate groups in 2017 feel so confident and emboldened in their beliefs as to demonstrate so publicly... and with violent results.
On a more personal and emotional level, these events have stoked an old and familiar feeling for me... that of self-righteous anger and rage. I know I'm not alone in these feelings, and I've seen many of my friends post content on social media about the merits "punching a Nazi" and other violent acts directed at white nationalists. These sentiments are particularly compelling the more confident we are that our enemies are bereft of value. After all, what feels better than being one of the good guys and striking out against racist villains?
In my experience, these kinds of violent actions and thoughts have only resulted in more suffering for me and those around me.
In response to these hateful and destructive emotions, I'm choosing to take action to fight hatred and intolerance in a more quiet way.
I hope you'll support me in my efforts to raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center as I participate in a meditation marathon on Sunday, September 17. I'll be sitting for a total of 8 hours, my longest concurrent session to date, and will need all the encouragement and support you can provide.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.