Immigration, Shabbat and Phone Banking
On Tuesday, June 11, President Obama gave a speech from the White House about the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, S. 744, declaring that “if you’re serious about really fixing the system, then this is the vehicle to do it.” In the afternoon, the Senate voted in favor of beginning substantive deliberations on the bill. We will likely see dozens of amendments filed from both sides of the aisle as debate moves forward over the next few weeks. It is critical that the Pennsylvania Jewish community lend it voice in support of S.
See below for some exciting updates on work coming out of the Jewish community on immigration reform. Congressional Meetings Rabbi Ali Abrams at Jewish Council on Urban Affairs delivered a letter, along with immigrant rights groups, from almost 20 Illinois rabbis to Senator Kirk's staff asking that he support immigration reform.
This month has been huge for the Roundtable's immigration campaign- as we act, write and speak up about the legislation which could change the lives of millions of New Americans. Here are some highlights from Roundtable organizations this month: 45 In District Meetings Congrats to everyone who set up and did/are doing meetings with their members of Congress! At last count, there were 45 meetings in 21 states and DC. Special shout outs to: Bend the Arc, with a whopping 21 visits throughout the month of May
The Jewish Labor Committee has prepared a useful list of readings on the American Jewish Labor Movement. Virtually all in English, the readings include: General Works; Specific Unions, Organizations and Movements; Autobiographies, Biographies, Memoirs; Unpublished Works. Check it out here.
It’s time to work for a Roundtable organization. Lots of great positions open at your favorite Jewish social justice organizations. Check them out: Jewish Labor Committee seeks an intern in New York. Keshet seeks a Director of Development in Boston. HIAS seeks various interns in Washington DC.
On Tuesday, May 21, lift up your voices together and call your Senators and tell them that you support comprehensive immigration reform to address our nation’s broken system. CALL 1-888-897-0174 to be connected to your Senator! Along with others across the country, tell Congress that you demand reform that does justice to our American and Reform Jewish values.
Last week marked the fifth anniversary of the largest immigration raid in US history at AgriProcessors, a kosher meat packing plant. Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and Jewish Community Action participated in an Interfaith Walk for Justice, to remember those arrested, reconcile with those who contributed to the injustices, and advocate for immigration reform. In addition, Jews from across the country have been amping up efforts to support immigration reform.
Five years ago this week the largest single-site immigration raid in the US to date occurred in Postville, Iowa. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials raided Agriprocessors, the main processor of kosher meat in the United States, handcuffed some 300 immigrants and bussed them to a fairground.
As Congress debates the immigration bill, now is the time for the Jewish community to join with millions of people across the country to support immigration reform.