I still remember the exact moment my friend texted me: “Are you okay?”
There had been a mass shooting at Tree of Life, the synagogue that houses so much of my beloved Pittsburgh Jewish community, less than 2 miles from where I sat in my apartment that Saturday morning.
The next 48 hours were a terrifying blur. I tried to track down friends and loved ones who might have been at Shabbat services in the synagogue that nightmarish Saturday.
My name is Arielle Cohen, and a white nationalist murdered 11 members of my community while they prayed.
In the days that followed, my deep mourning gave way to fresh fear: I’ve been an outspoken Jewish organizer and progressive for years. I began finding and blocking hundreds of white nationalists’ online accounts, scared that they’d target me for abuse or worse.
Facebook has played a huge role in spreading white nationalism that devastates communities like mine. Over and over, CEO and Chair Mark Zuckerberg has prioritized money and greed over his users’ safety. And on May 30th, I’m going to tell this to Facebook directly.
Next week is the Facebook annual investor meeting. I’m scheduled to speak in front of hundreds of Facebook’s key decision-makers – but I need your help to get there.
If you chip in today, you’ll ensure I can hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable for the harm he’s done.
Can you pitch in to help me get from Pittsburgh to San Francisco?