Take Action, Save Lives
"To Remember … and to Teach" was the vision of Dr. Charles Hildebrandt. We affirm that there is an obligation imposed by memory to help those who need our action. Memory and hope are the sustainers of life.
In her book A Problem from Hell, Samantha Powers points out the "circle of inaction" that prevents governments from acting in defense of human rights or to stop genocide: people will not act without leadership from their elected officials, and elected officials claim they cannot act as none of their constituents are asking them to.
Monitor the following sites and begin letter-writing campaigns to your elected officials and local newspapers. One letter is important. Many letters have power to repair the world.
"You are my witnesses" (Isaiah 43:10)
We cannot wait a moment longer to be the sustainers of life.
Sites to Monitor
Be certain to check the information with other sources.
- Amnesty International
- Anti-Defamation League
- Genocide Watch
- Human Rights Watch
- International Crisis Group
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Stories of Moral Courage from the Holocaust
To Take Action
Congressional and newspaper research links.
The Cohen Center is dedicated to teach and motivate successive generations to recognize and respond to prejudice and hatred. Our vision is that students will recognize the responsibility of their own humanity in order to respond ethically to intolerance and injustice.
Become active and stand up for what is important. Visit "Take Action/Save Lives" to make an immediate impact on the lives of people who need your help. You can also attend annual events at the Cohen Center and enter your school or personal work for recognition in the Hildebrandt Awards.
It is up to you to repair the world. Tikkum Olam!
Tikkum Olam is Hebrew for "Repair of the World" or, in other words, make the world a better place.
Robert Francis Kennedy
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
– Robert Francis Kennedy
US Attorney General