We mourn together / by Crossing Limits

Crossing Limits is devastated by the violent attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, a rampage targeting Jewish congregants. To honor their lives and to stand against violence and hate, we share the words of poet Kamand Kojouri.

She eloquently reminds us of our shared humanity by condemning divisiveness that seeks only give us reasons to be afraid of each other and acts of unity. We believe in the power of words and thus we share this poem as an affirmation and reminder to project our collective voice, to gather our prayers, to use our bodies to work towards reshaping all that is unjust and inhumane in this world.


As we mourn, let’s be resolved to rise up together in rebuilding this land into one where tenderness and safety are valued, and uphold the natural rights of all human beings no matter where they exist or pray in the world.


Love, Change, Peace,

Crossing Limits

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They want us to be afraid.

They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes.

They want us to barricade our doors

and hide our children.

Their aim is to make us fear life itself!

They want us to hate.

They want us to hate 'the other'.

They want us to practice aggression

and perfect antagonism.

Their aim is to divide us all!

They want us to be inhuman.

They want us to throw out our kindness.

They want us to bury our love

and burn our hope.

Their aim is to take all our light!

They think their bricked walls

will separate us.

They think their damned bombs

will defeat us.

They are so ignorant they don’t understand

that my soul and your soul are old friends.

They are so ignorant they don’t understand

that when they cut you I bleed.

They are so ignorant they don’t understand

that we will never be afraid,

we will never hate

and we will never be silent

for life is ours!”

Kamand Kojouri