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
On December 12, 2015, the world came together to adopt the Paris Accord. The global community declared its intention to limit the warming of our planet to well below two degrees centigrade and pursue efforts to remain at or below one and a half degrees of warming. Under the Paris Agreement, every country set their own emissions goals and challenged each other to set more ambitious emissions targets to keep warming to a minimum. While the agreement did face some criticism for not creating enforceable and binding emissions targets, and some worry that the current emissions targets countries...Read More
On Monday, May 14th, I was arrested for participating in direct action with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. I was officially arrested for “crowding, obstructing or incommoding” at the United State Capital, along with over 150 people. This was happening in state capitals around the country. This past Monday, hundreds more were arrested at the Capitol and around the country, including rabbis, cantors and Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, the director of the...Read More
This blog post is adapted from the prayer offered by Rabbi Sachs-Kohen at the Maryland Poor People's Campaign on Monday, May 21st.
Eloheinu v’elohai avoteinu v’imoteinu, God of our fathers and our mothers.
This is the way we begin some of our central Jewish prayers. Today I would begin this way:
Eloheinu v’elohai avoteinu v’imoteinu – God of our fathers and our mothers, God of Abraham, God of Sarah, God of Hagar. God of Isaac and God of Ishmael. God of dark skin, God of light skin, God of women, God of men, God of transgender people. God of Jews, Muslims,...Read More
On Monday, May 21, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner sent a letter to Congress on behalf of the Reform Jewish Movement urging representatives to oppose the FIRST STEP Act. Although the FIRST STEP Act seeks to implement limited reforms in the criminal justice system, this legislation alone will not achieve meaningful change. Pursuing prison reform without sentencing reform will not stem the tide of mass incarceration, a phenomenon that is...Read More