[La Opinión] Elevan oraciones frente a edificio de inmigración y piden un alto a la separación de familias

(Here is coverage from the newspaper La Opinión of our action on June 21, 2018 in front of the Federal Building to protest the Trump Administration's separation of immigrant families and its later decision to detain the families together in isolated facilities.)


Un día después de la firma de una orden ejecutiva del presidente Donald Trump, que prohíbe la separación de menores de sus familias cuando son detenidos por inmigración, un grupo de clérigos y activistas proinmigrantes dijo que se necesita hacer mucho más.

El jueves por la mañana el grupo se reunió frente al edificio federal de inmigración en el centro de Los Ángeles para elevar oraciones y cantos a favor de los niños separados de sus padres en la frontera México-Estados Unidos.

Se estima que hasta el momento más de 2,300 niños han sido separados de sus padres cuando intentaban cruzar la frontera en busca de asilo. Activistas aseguran que incluso muchos padres ya han sido enviados a sus países de origen sin sus hijos.

“Es completamente vergonzoso que nuestra nación, con su promesa de libertad y justicia para todos y con una Estatua de la Libertad, proclame una cálida bienvenida a los inmigrantes, adopte tácticas similares a la Gestapo para aplastar los espíritus de miles de padres y mate el futuro de niños inocentes “, dijo Jonathan Klein, director ejecutivo de la coalición Clérigos y Laicos Unidos por una Justicia Económica (CLUE).

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[Forward] Meet 3 Men On The Front Lines of the Immigration Crisis


On a typical weekday, Rabbi Jonathan Klein can often be found marching alongside ministers, monsignors and janitors. Irv Hershenbaum could be pressuring multimillion-dollar almond growers to provide their workers with shade to protect them from the blazing California sun. And “Rabbi Dr.” Aryeh Cohen might well be phoning his Talmud students to let them know he’ll be late because he’s been arrested for civil disobedience. Again.

But on a typical Saturday, you can find all three men in a tiny, dusty, 110-year-old rented Yiddish cultural center next to a Petco, dancing with the Torah to Shlomo Carlebach melodies. They are all active members of the Shtibl Minyan, a small, lay-led independent community that describes itself as “Hasidic Egalitarian” and meets at a Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring cultural center in Los Angeles’s heavily Jewish Pico-Robertson neighborhood (full disclosure: I am a member as well). In the tradition of The Workmen’s Circle and the aid it provided to Yiddish-speaking newcomers to America, these three members are carrying on a modern version of that mission.

Klein, Hershenbaum and and Cohen are all Los Angeles-based activists, deeply involved in today’s high-intensity struggle to protect immigrants from the stepped-up ICE raids, roundups and deportations of the Trump administration.

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[The Thom Hartmann Show] The Religious Legacy of the Labour Movement

(The Thom Hartmann Show conducted a live interview with CLUE to explore the May Day tradition in Los Angeles and its connection to clergy activism for progressive causes.)

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[Long Beach Press-Telegram] For homeless people living in their cars, Southern California churches, temples open their parking lots

(Long Beach Press-Telegram coverage on April 30, 2018 of a program to help the homeless that CLUE has actively led.)


On the second night after his church opened its parking lot to people living out of their cars, vans and other vehicles, Glenn Nishibayashi noticed a mother and daughter using one of the spaces.

He was interested in knowing how the previous evening worked out for them, and went over to inquire.

“This was the first good night’s sleep I’ve had in weeks,” the woman told him.

She explained that she was more accustomed to fitful nights parked on the street, staying half-awake so she could be alert to potentially being approached by strangers or rousted by police officers.


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[KMEX TV34] Trabajadores de California piden mayor protección y seguridad en sus empleos

(Univisión Digital coverage of an action at City Hall on April 25, 2018 by our partner dock workers to highlight their struggle for better working conditions.)


Activistas, empleados y oficiales electos se dieron cita este miércoles frente a la Alcaldía de Los Ángeles para exigir mayor seguridad en los centros laborales. En promedio, 150 trabajadores fallecen diariamente en Estados Unidos debido a lesiones o enfermedades en sus trabajos.

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