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Together We Remember: The Future of Our Past
April 16 @ 6:00 pm
Join South Florida’s next-generation of inspiring community leaders, artists and change-makers at Sanborn Square on Tuesday, April 16th from 6-8pm for a community-wide vigil, dialogue, and call to action aiming to unite our city across lines of difference to address rising hatred and ongoing violence. This event seeks to remind us of the past while looking to the future, through an exploration of the meaning of “never again” in South Florida and how we, as a community, can continue to work to make that dream a reality.
We will honor the victims of violence around the world through a powerful name-reading ceremony, hear inspiring performances that open hearts and minds, learn from influential community members about issues of violence and remembrance, and participate in a bridge-building dialogue. To celebrate and activate our renewed commitment to look out for one another, we will host a concluding celebration with food trucks and feature game-changing organizations that you can immediately take action with. This event is one of dozens of #TogetherWeRemember vigils taking place around the world in April to transform remembrance into action during Genocide Awareness Month.
Together We Will:
Convene Local Leaders: Join public officials, clergy, social justice advocates, students, and business leaders from our community who have the power to prevent violence and foster peaceful, positive change at home and abroad.
Shift from Fear to Courage: Draw inspiration and strength from local performing artists and powerful speakers. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas will share music and art that has fostered their healing. David Estrin, founder of the global #TogetherWeRemember campaign, will share the story behind the movement inspired by his grandparents, all of whom survived the Holocaust.
Learn & Dialogue: Community leaders will facilitate an action-oriented community dialogue on the meaning of “Never Again” and how we can make it a reality. Engage in a town-hall style activity on how we can counter division, prevent violence, and look out for one another.
Build a Sustainable Coalition: Establish a sense of kinship with fellow participants that transcends race, religion, and politics. Commemorate victims of violence and celebrate stories of upstanders by reading their names and learning about their stories. Break bread with your neighbors and engage in conversation that builds mutual trust.
Commit to Act: Contribute your ideas to foster empathy, empower and protect the vulnerable in our community, and spark a movement to fulfill the promise of “Never Again” for all people.
Go Public: Share our experience with others on social media and invite the broader community to get engaged so we can realize what Boca Raton can be at its best.
Testimonials Across the US:
“In Charlottesville, there exist divides across identity groups that came into sharp relief with the white supremacist rally in Aug. 2017. Our TWR event brought together leaders from the university, faith, activist, and law enforcement communities for constructive conversations about how to bridge these divides. In the words of a participant, “We came in with nothing to lose, but left with a lot to gain.” – Young Professional | TWR Vigil | Charlottesville, VA
“By using the TWR name reading concept & resources, we were able to engage everyone at our high school and encourage them to think about genocide in a capacity that was much more meaningful and empowering than just history class.” – Student | Deerfield High School | Deerfield, IL
“Our TWR vigil provided a space for students to come together as a community and discuss how to combat Identity Based Violence not only on a global scale, but within our community.” -Student | Indiana University | Bloomington, IN