+++ Interfaith press conference of interfaith and civic leaders on the plight of the Yezidis and other religious minorities in the Levant.
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue in Berkeley
Wednesday April 15 from 10:30 am to noon.
Dear Religious Leaders,
We are writing to invite you join us for a press conference of interfaith and civic leaders at Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Avenue in Berkeley on Wednesday April 15 from 10:30 am to noon.
We also invite you to issue a statement or proclamation, dated April 15, 2015 in support of Yezidis, a monotheist people with their own unique faith and culture, who are targeted for genocide by Daesh (aka ISIS) and suffering atrocities at the hands of Daesh and the Iraqi government. The March 19, 2015 New York Times article at http://tinyurl.com/oehg5uc and the YI website at www.yezidis.org provide relevant background.
Please let us know if you or someone from your staff will attend and whether you will issue a statement or proclamation so we can plan accordingly.
Your statement or proclamation will be conveyed to the President of Yezidis International, an NGO, during the press conference regardless of whether you are able to attend in person. April 15 is Charshma Sor Nisani, Red Wednesday of Nisan, which is the Yezidi New-Year. Our world received a great gift from the Yezidis: the custom of shaking hands as a gesture of peace, and to make amends when concluding an argument. During the press conference, we will wish Yezidis happy new year and share the Yezidi handshake.
We will acknowledge Yom haShoah, Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 15-16) and Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day (April 24) as well as the slaughter of nearly 22 million Yezidis over the last 700 years at the hands of the Ottoman Empire and Saddam Hussein’s forces. It’s been 70 years since the end of the Holocaust, 100 years since the beginning of the Armenian Genocide and too many years of Yezidi slaughter.
Rev. Carol Hovis, Executive Director, Marin Interfaith Council
Mr. Michael Pappas, Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council
Rev. Dr. Andrew Kille, Board Chair, Silicon Valley Interreligious Council
Ms. Linda Crawford, Executive Director, Interfaith Center at the Presidio, San Francisco