02/12/2020

Together We Stand #Jewishandproud

This poem was written for and performed at the Jewish and Proud! Solano County Standing Together demonstration in Fairfield, California on January 6, 2020.

Together We Stand by D.L. Lang

As Jews we have survived centuries of oppression.

This time shall be no different!

No matter who the enemy,

we shall fight to be Jewish and free!

We stand in solidarity with all peoples in this quest

to live in a world free of such deadly hatred!

We shall work to repair this world,

so that all may know true peace,

and the blessings it shall bring.

We stand together now as our forebears did,

and we shall not fear!

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D.L. Lang served as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California (2017-2019). She is the author of twelve books, and one spoken word album. Her poems have been published in the Benicia Herald, Jewish Journal, Poets Are Heroes Magazine, ReformJudaism.org, the Benicia First Tuesday Poets anthology Light & Shadow, and in A Poet’s Siddur: Friday Evening Liturgy through the Eyes of Poets. Lang has been a featured act at several events including the Vallejo Man March, Unity Day, Solidarity with Charlottesville, the Vallejo Women’s March, Families Belong Together, and International Peace Day. She is also a regular at Poetry by the Bay and lead the Poetry in Notion poetry circle. She has won ribbons and rosettes at the Alameda, Marin, San Mateo, and Solano County Fairs. Her poems have been transformed into songs, liturgy, and used as a means to advocate for causes.

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