by Toby Kramer and Jonah Aline Daniel
What does it mean to live in two calendars? Can celebrating Rosh Hashanah,
the Jewish New Year, be an act of resisting Christian Hegemony?
On May Day every year – as politicized healers, sick witches, and cultural organizers – we enter into a day with two distinct but connected celebrations: International Workers’ Day and Beltane.
For us, May Day is a day both for lifting up the historic struggle for workers rights as well as a pagan holiday celebrating springtime fertility. We find strength in our legacies of resistance and resilience. As we reflected on Passover about the narrow places from which we come, spring is a time for expanding beyond what we think is possible.
Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of eleven people this past weekend at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The mass shooting on October 27th is yet another reminder that none of our communities can be safe until all oppressed people are free from violence. We have been reminded of this all too frequently in recent and ongoing attacks on women, survivors of sexual assault, trans and gender non-conforming people, immigrants, and people of color. In the wake of these tragedies, it is crucial that we remain steadfast in our support of anti-fascist movements in the United States and internationally.