*This is the text of Stephen Lerner's remarks at his and Marilyn Sneiderman's 20th annual Yom Kippur Break Fast. Marilyn is Executive Director of AVODAH and Stephen is a long time labor and community organizer and architect of the Justice For Janitors campaign.
Sukkot starts on Sunday. It’s one of my favorite holidays: Sitting in a succah; the lulav and etrog; celebrating the harvest; feeling exposed to the world – in good ways; thinking about relationship to place – both locally, and in relation to Israel. Celebrating the change of season.
Jewish Community Action members attended the Twin Cities Pride Parade on June 17th, with other local Jewish organizations. Check out more pictures.
Members of Bend the Arc have undertaken a journey across the country to discuss progressive taxation with politicians and voters this election season. Seems like qutite an adventure Check out this article on JWeekly.com highlighting their work.
As part of the National Council of Jewish Women’s signature initiative Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote, NCJW is mobilizing Jewish women in Florida to educate their communities against frightening ballot initiatives that threaten religious liberty and women’s access to health care.
Current economic turmoil and threats of severe cuts to government programs have left America’s hungry – already at historically high numbers – with little hope of relief. Recent studies by a number of agencies and organizations highlight this disturbing trend: between 2007 and 2009, the number of households struggling with hunger increased more than 33%, with nearly one in four U.S. households with children unable to afford enough food.
Organizers are gearing up to deliver flowers and get-well cards to restaurant workers across the city as a token of appreciation and sign of concern for the people who cook and serve their meals. [They will] let customers know that as they go to enjoy their Restaurant Week deals, there is a good chance that their waiter could be sick, all because they couldn’t afford to take the day off and get better.
The Pittsburgh Jewish Social Justice Roundtable held a forum last night with around three hundred community members. This timely forum puts the Pittsburgh Jewish community on the forefront of voting rights issues for the November election. Half a dozen officials and community leaders spoke about a new law that has gone into effect in Pennsylvania. The law requires voters to come to the polls with a valid state identification, while only requiring a valid social security number for absentee voters.