“If not now, when?” | Manhattan News

Vigil held to denounce racism

Photos by Cristóbal Vivar

They aren’t going away.

A large contingent of community members gathered at Bennett Park in Washington Heights on Monday evening, August 14, for a rally against racism and xenophopia – and they pledged to gather as often as was necessary.

The site has served in the past as a gathering place for residents, including in June 2016 to commemorate the mass shooting in Orlando and again in November 2015 after the attacks in Paris and Beirut.

“We must stand up and fight oppression, bigotry and racism wherever and whenever we see it,” wrote Elizabeth Lorris Ritter in a message inviting residents to attend the vigil.

She quoted Jewish religious leader Rabbi Hillel: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?”

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