Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration Sparks Fear And Joy
Washington (AP) – President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and vow to move the U.S. Embassy there drew a mix of jubilation and anger from members of Philadelphia’s Jewish and Muslim communities Wednesday.
Trump said the move was necessary for achieving peace, casting it as a simple “recognition of reality” and giving assurances that the decision was not a departure from the United States’ commitment to facilitating peace talks in the Middle East.
Some supporters applauded Trump for doing what his predecessors did not. But many Jews and Muslims alike expressed concern that the president’s decision will spark violence in an already unstable region and threaten the possibility of a two-state peaceful solution.
“Of course many of us would love Jerusalem to be announced the capital, but at what cost?” asked Rabbi Larry Sernovitz of Nafshenu, a progressive congregation in Cherry Hill. “If we want peace for Jerusalem, which is always what we’ve wanted, this seems counter to the objectives we’re looking to meet. This is not the time to be playing with people’s lives.”
Time Magazine Names Tarana Burke’s #MeToo Movement “Person Of The Year”
Philly.com- The “Silence Breakers” of the #MeToo movement, which onetime Philly activist Tarana Burke started a decade ago, have been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
Time’s so-called Silence Breakers refueled Burke’s #MeToo movement, which she first started as a campaign from an organization called Just Be Inc. Burke founded the organization in 2003, as she told Inquirer columnist Elizabeth Wellington earlier this year. The Me Too campaign began in 2007.
However, the campaign picked up popularity in October in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Around that time, actress Alyssa Milano asked followers to write “me too” as a reply to a now-viral tweet on Twitter if they had ever been sexually assaulted or harassed. The tweet resulted in a number of women sharing via social media stories of sexual assault and harassment. According to CBS, the #MeToo hashtag generating 1.7 million tweets as of last month.
Colin Kaepernick wins Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award
On Tuesday, Beyoncé surprised ex-49ers player Colin Kaepernick by presenting him with The ‘Sports Illustrated’ Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, which honors and celebrates athletes who uses their platform to further change in the society.
“Thank you for your personal sacrifice,” said Beyonce to the former 49ers quarterback’s decision to protest police brutality during the national anthem. “Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope … to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color.”
“I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialized injustice and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America,” Kaepernick said in his acceptance speech. “I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today. With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people.”