This week's theme for the Poor People's Campaign is "The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet: Ecological Devastation and Health Care." While healthcare, the environment, and poverty might at first seem like a disparate set of themes, the three are inextricably linked.
Consider the issue of pollution. Poor people are disproportionately more likely to live near polluted areas. In South Carolina, for example, 57% of South Carolinains below the povertly line live in the...Read More
At the annual meeting of Temple Emanuel of Kensington, Maryland, the temple's 7th grade religious school class introduced a resolution on gun violence prevention. The students had researched, debated, and drafted the resolution, and stood before the congregation's adult leadership to present their conclusion: that Temple Emanuel needed to adopt a resolution on gun violence prevention, and the congregation needed to follow the leadership of students. The result? The resolution was adopted unanimously.
Aaron Northern, one of...Read More
You heard the Reform Movement’s announcement of a civic engagement campaign, calling on your congregation to register voters, host candidate forums, or work on local ballot initiatives. You forwarded the email or social media post to your clergy, or maybe they sent it to you. You are excited, yet some concerns gnaw at you:
With our congregation’s hectic fall calendar, how can we possibly add something new?
The prophet Jeremiah sent a letter to the Jewish community with important advice for our first experience in exile. In the sixth century BCE, Jeremiah charged...Read More
This past weekend, we observed Memorial Day, when we honor and remember generations of Americans who went to war and gave their lives for freedom, for democracy, for the noblest principles of this nation. This weekend, we also learned two things: ICE, Immigration Control and Enforcement, is forcibly removing children from their parents at our Southern border; and a school board in Northern Georgia voted unanimously to arm its school teachers with guns, hoping to become the first in a national trend. This Memorial Day, when we bring our attention to the lives lost through war – sometimes...Read More
On a hot summer August day in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped out of his car and was greeted by a mob of 700 angry white protesters in Marquette Park on Chicago’s southwest side. Shortly after he stepped forward to greet that mob, he was pelted with a rock on the side of the head, the force strong enough to bring him to the ground. Undeterred, Dr. King rose up and continued his nonviolent direct-action call for an end to inequality and hate.
Later that afternoon he addressed the media and recalled, “This is a terrible thing. I’ve been in many demonstrations all across the...Read More