A note from our CEO
“We will build this world with love.”
We began this year on the floor of the Senate’s Russell Rotunda, 82 Jewish leaders, engaging in civil disobedience to demand a Dream Act, singing with our entire souls: “Olam chesed yibaneh… we will build this world with love.”
Our voices carried through the halls of power and broke live onto cable news. We were surrounded by Dreamers, young immigrants who’ve been courageously lobbying Congress for months (over a decade, really) who witnessed our action with fists in the air and hands on their hearts.
A few weeks later, to prepare for their own act of civil disobedience in the Senate, a group of Dreamers and allies asked to learn that song. As I watched footage of their action, I was moved to tears hearing their voices ring out with the same powerful words: “Olam chesed yibaneh...We will build this world with love.”
We haven’t yet won permanent protections for Dreamers. We’re not giving up anytime soon. Nor are we stopping our other critical work to resist, win local progressive victories, and train the next generation of diverse Jewish leadership.
These times we live in demand more of us than we’re accustomed to — we’re going to have to get a little uncomfortable and take new risks. This is going to take all of us, working together in a movement that is collaborative, multiracial, cross-denominational, and intergenerational.
That’s what I’ve seen these past two months. It’s why I believe that, despite the setbacks, despite the daily threats, if we build this world with love we will win.