Tisha b’Av Contemplation and Action

CLUE commemorated Tisha b’Av, uniting interfaith and Jewish faith leaders Unite Here Local 11, and community members. It was a powerful experience because it created a space for us to connect the Jewish community’s mourning over tragedies in their history and the world with the struggle for economic justice for hospitality workers. We mourn for the brokenness of our world and show our solidarity with striking hospitality workers facing hardships while demanding fair wages in the city. We had a powerful demonstration of support on July 27; over 50 individuals gathered at the Pico Union Project, the oldest synagogue in Los Angeles. The event featured inspiring speeches by Craig Taubman and “Barrio Boychik” Shmuel Gonzales.

After communal reflection, we participated in a ritual of grief and healing as we joined the strike of JW Marriott workers to demand dignity and living wages for those who make Los Angeles great. Read the full article below!