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About a dozen protesters gathered in the rain at the LIRR’s Garden City station Monday morning, holding signs with messages including “#FightFor15” and “All Workers Deserve a Living Wage.”
They chanted “We believe that we can win!” and “What do we want? Fifteen! When do we want it? Now!”
As the youngest child in my family, I felt like older people weren’t interested in listening to me. When I did speak up, I was often dismissed – what do you know? As a result, I stayed quiet at the dinner table and played games of make-believe by myself. In a way, I embraced my invisibility by seeking out hiding spots to read and play. Perhaps, that’s why I loved the holiday of Purim, which will be celebrated this week. Besides the fact that it involved carnivals and dressing in costume, it was based on a story about concealed identities revealed and people with little power, in particular our Jewish heroine, speaking up.
By the end of March, our elected representatives in Albany will have a chance to tackle income inequality, make New York more economically competitive, help right a racial injustice, and give our young people the financial power to build a life in the communities where they grew up -- all with a single vote.
“I think it is important to participate in the political process — period. It is important that some of that is through a Jewish organization so that it is clear that our community is not just pursuing parochial interests.” Meet Marc, chair of Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, who says, “We have a moral imperative to speak out for others just as we have relied on others to speak out for us.”
“In 9th grade I hosted an anniversary party for Roe v. Wade (not widely attended...but it was my first taste of activism). My heroes were people who spoke out against injustice — they displayed a righteous anger that I hoped to cultivate in myself.” Meet Roni, a leader on the Criminal Justice Reform team in the Bay Area, and a Jewish educator with a soft spot for cinnamon raisin bagels.