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Young Leaders Project

The Young Religious Leaders Project at CLUE is a training program for leaders
interested in the work of economic justice.

The Project works with young adults, from local high schools, colleges,
seminaries and rabbinical schools, as well as at large, to train them in
the struggle to eradicate poverty in our community. Through concrete organizing
projects, direct action, and shared vision our Young Religious Leaders
learn first hand about the reality of the working poor and how they can
help transform our society together.

At any given time, the Project is engaged in a variety of activities including
internships, community gatherings, public education, creative actions,
and fellowship.

To learn more information, please contact Pastor Bridie C. Roberts,
coordinator of the Young Religoius Leaders Project at broberts@cluela.org or
(515) 229-7149 .

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Young Religious Leaders Actions

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Every semester the young religious leaders at CLUE organize an action to
support worker rights. The last action in the fall of 2006 took place in
front of the Hilton hotel in Glendale.

The young leaders organized an alternative Christmas party to protest the
party that the city was holding inside the Glendale Hilton regardless of
the workers request for them to boycott the hotel. The party started off
with picketing in front of the hotel.

It then moved onto the lawn outside the hotel where workers, organizers,
clergy and young leaders enjoyed tamales and champurrado while a group
of the young leaders performed a skit reinacting The Christmas Carol with
Scrooge being the owner of the hotel. Other young leaders changes the lyrics
of classic Christmas songs to depict the struggle of the workers. These
carolers did a delegation to the management of the hotel to share the songs
with them.

Internista Summer 2009 Interns Reflect

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Ajay S. Kapadia

I am an undergraduate at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I am studying
International Business and earning my Non-Profit Leadership Certificate.
The reason I decided to intern at CLUE-LA was because during the majority
of college my business classes taught how to make the bottom line and how
to turn a profit in order to keep “good business” going. They would discuss
where to make cuts in expenses and how to lower the numbers. I had a problem
with the numbers and the expenses, which I was told needed to be cut.

However, I realized that these numbers symbolized working people. My classes
dehumanized people and characterized them as numbers in listed columns.
I am here to remind these businesses that the people that they mistreat
are more than just numbers in the record book.

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J.P. Martinez

Born and raised in Los Angeles CA, graduated from Azusa Pacific University
in 2006 with a B.A. degree in Philosophy and a minor in Theology.

It was there through mentors, and professors, that he learned about issues
of justice and heard stories of liberation. He currently lives in an intentional
community in the WestAdams District called “Synchronicity LA”.
He is currently working on musical projects with his band as well as many
other artistic endeavors that serve to bring about what he believes is
a new imagination in a world where imagination is stifled and replaced
by the narrative of the powers that be.

With his creative energy he hopes to be a part of a larger movement that
ushers in a new world order of creation and connectedness opposing the
powers of destruction and isolation.

It is here at CLUE LA that he hopes to get connected to the work of justice
and continue to push forward the work that is so important to the imagination
of those with the courage to believe in the possibility of a transformed
world.

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Bryan Jarrell

Bryan Jarrell is a 2009 graduate from Grove City College, with a degree
in Christian Thought and Communication Studies.

He joined CLUE LA this summer as a media guy- carrying the video camera
around the city interviewing clergy, documenting rallies, and preserving
on film the actions that CLUE LA and the local clergy community sponsor.

Bryan is an Aspirant in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, and will be
attending seminary in the fall with the intention of joining the Anglican
Priesthood.

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Lydia Brown

Currently studying social work and global studies at Azusa Pacific University.
She participated in APU’s urban immersion program where she studied and
experienced the issues of the city. She lived with a Mexican family, experienced
and read about the injustices barrelling down the streets of LA, and worked
at a non-profit.

The experiences she had worked as a needle weaving the vivacious fabrics
of others into the tapestry of her heart, inextricably stitching the marginalized
into the musculous fabric. Examining her changed heart at the end of that
semester, she was struck by its beauty and wanted to continue to create
the beauty she wanted to see in the world around her.

No longer is her belief in Jesus dormant, which is why she jumped at the
opportunity to put her newly awakened faith into action working as a CLUE
intern.

Specifically, Lydia is most alive when talking about immigration, which
plays a significant role in the campaign she is working on with the United
Farm Workers.

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Nina Fernando

I am a current student at the University of Redlands with a major in Music,
Religion, and Social Justice. I am in a special program within my school,
The Johnston Center, where I was able to create my major; I chose Music,
Religion, and Social Justice because they are all extremely important,
interesting, and influential in my life and they are all forms of my personal
expression that have power to move people.

This summer I am working on the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports Campaign
with CLUE and I hope to be helpful in the movement for community health,
economic justice, and respect for workers that this campaign aims toward.

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Christy Parrish

I am currently attending Azusa Pacific University where I am majoring
in Global Studies and minoring in Political Science. I became involved
with CLUE because I did an urban immersion program with my school and I
had to do an internship as a part of that program.

I fell in love with CLUE, the passionate people and the work that they
do to make this world a better place. Although I was unaware of many of
the issues that CLUE deals with on a daily basis, I quickly developed a
passion for this type of work that involves faith in action. I decided
to continue through the summer. I love the unique approach CLUE has to
social justice issues and I am acquiring so many skills that will be useful
for the rest of my life.

 
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