Following several racist and anti-Semitic incidents in Ithaca, local faith leaders are doubling down on ongoing anti-racist programming. While their approaches vary, they have a common message: Hate has no home in Ithaca.
In recent months, local religious leaders have invited speakers on anti-racism, organized anti-racist reading groups and have sought to provide resources for marginalized community members, including refugees.
“Having immediate compassion and support for those who have been harmed or threatened by what’s happened is absolutely essential,” said Eric Clay, a local multi-faith chaplain who helped coordinate the local faith leaders response to recent hate crimes. Twenty-two faith leaders contributed to a video where they each shared quotes on what it means to promote tolerance across cultures.