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Letter to the Editor: Karen Reiner and Meredith Butts

Reiner and Butts discuss MooreUnity’s peaceful unity walk on Thursday, Aug. 17.

If you were downtown on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 17, you might have seen more than 100 Moorestown residents taking part in a peaceful unity walk. We represented different faiths, ethnicities and political parties as well as all ages and walked together in a shared purpose. Some carried candles. Some held signs. All of us wore smiles.

We are MooreUnity, and the event was held to honor the lives of civil rights activist Holly Heyer and brave troopers Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates, who lost their lives in Charlottesville. The walk also served to demonstrate our resolve to be united against the divisive forces of hate.

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MooreUnity began as a civic group in Feb. 2017 following a surge of hate crimes in our country both near and far. With a mission to embrace diversity and facilitate unity, we work to turn outrage and fear into awareness and acceptance through small and large events. In March, we produced a diversity panel discussion in cooperation with the Moorestown Theater Company’s production of Hairspray and in July, hosted Arresting Knowledge, a national docu-series tour aimed at supporting media literacy in communities nationwide.

Going forward, MooreUnity hopes to deliver more programs covering a wide-range of topics — from disabilities to race relations — to inspire dialogue and forge connections. Anyone interested in becoming a member may ask to join our private Facebook group. Our website is www.mooreunity.com and we plan to launch a public Facebook group in the near future. General inquires may be sent via email to mooreunitynj@gmail.com.

Thank you.

Karen Reiner and Meredith Butts


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