Jewish activism emphasizes a tradition of creating a “community of obligation”. An important part of city living is providing hospitality and care, but not merely through charity. We strive to meet everyone’s basic needs with dignity.
Rabbi Jonathan Klein of CLUE-LA organized several Jewish leaders to build a Sukkah and thereby ensure that the Jewish community supports the 99%. By building a “JUST Sukkah”, Jewish leaders and event participants created a spiritual presence at Occupy LA. From the shade of the Sukkot, community members and leaders from Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), representing low-income Angelinos, and farmworkers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) explained their struggles and created a “call to action” for economic justice. Jewish participants learned about the foreclosure crisis in South LA and the challenges facing tomato farmworkers in Florida.
Rabbi Brous explained: “I think many people are driven here for a lot of different reasons–some of which I agree with, and some of which are much more challenging for me personally. But what I think is great is there is a rising of voices in this country and around the world calling for economic justice, for more opportunity, for more possibility and for a better future.”As we find strength in unity, it is easier to move forward with actions.