This is quite difficult for me to write for many reasons. I enjoy life in Livermore. Since arriving two years ago, I have found the community very warm and welcoming. However, there have been a few instances when folks have said things that were prejudiced, among them statements that were unapologetically anti-Semitic and others more coded but nonetheless, anti-Semitic. I find this extremely unsettling.
On Wednesday, someone from this community decided to make a statement on the Menorah that is located in front of the Bankhead Theater. The Menorah has been placed there annually by Chabad of the Tri-Valley to honor the holy days of Hanukkah. Vandals placed a barbed wire wreath on top and a white shroud around the center candle. This was not a silly prank, it was a deliberate act of hatred.
Unfortunately, acts like these have become far too common nationwide. As the heart of our artistic community, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will work to shine a light on all types of prejudice– racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, misogyny, xenophobia and homophobia. LVPAC is open to all and we serve the whole community. Just like the Menorah we will continue to burn brightly through the night and the days ahead. With the beauty of art, we hope to not only share the joy that can be found in the world, but change the hearts and minds of people who instead spread the darkness of hate.