Dear CraftJam community,

I don’t want to live in a world where friends of mine or anyone have to be fearful. I don’t want to live in a world where women immigrants (like myself) are beaten up in bright daylight without anyone intervening. I’m shaken to the core by the most recent attacks. If we don’t take action now, it will affect anyone deemed inferior and weaker. We have to decide right now what kind of society we want to have. Inaction means we’re allowing violence to become normalized.

I always like to give the benefit of the doubt. Some witnesses might’ve been fearful and inactive because they didn’t know how to de-escalate a violent conflict, which can be difficult. Sadly, inaction is, in fact, enablement. If we don’t actively educate ourselves now we will continue to remain complicit as bystanders for the future. I grew up in Germany and learned that bystanders often remained inactive during the brutal rise of the Nazis. They allowed a violent society with Hitler at the top.

If you can’t relate to the victims, imagine: hatred only spreads when it is left unattended, today they’re coming for others, and tomorrow they’ll be coming for you.

But what can we do? The CraftJam team is taking action by attending Hollaback’s bystander anti-harassment training. I am urging you to join us.

Together we can empower our communities to stop the hate, create more safe spaces, and build an inclusive society for everyone. I believe that.

Thank you,

Founder & CEO