This past February, a group of Nazis interrupted a book reading at the Red Ink Community Library, yelling slurs and pushing Nazi symbols to intimidate members of our community. Just a few weeks ago, a restaurant in Tiverton posted a disgusting, antisemitic meme on their Facebook page. This kind of hate can never be tolerated in Rhode Island. As governor, I will do everything in my power to ensure that Rhode Island is a safe space for the Jewish community.
Starting at an early age, my family instilled in my siblings and me the importance of fighting against antisemitism. My grandfather, Thomas Dodd, served as the lead prosecutor at Nuremberg and fought to expose the atrocities committed during the Holocaust. During the 18 months he spent living in Nuremberg, he brought to light some of humanity's darkest moments.
My grandfather taught me the importance of service, justice and a lifelong commitment to fighting against hate. I am proud to honor his legacy and will always stand in solidarity with Rhode Island's Jewish community.
Helena Buonanno Foulkes
Helena Buonanno Foulkes is a candidate for governor in the Democratic primary on Sept. 13.