This is what Jewish solidarity with Dreamers looks like

This is what Jewish solidarity with Dreamers looks like

February 09, 2018

February 9, 2018

In the past two weeks, the Jewish community has led over two dozen actions across the country as part of the #LetMyPeopleStay campaign for a clean Dream Act.

I am so proud of how we showed up again and again with our allies, even as Congress failed to protect young immigrants once more. While it’s increasingly frustrating to predict what Congressional leadership will do, it’s still very clear what we have to do — remain resilient, celebrate our progress, and keep fighting until justice is real.

Here’s a snapshot of what the Jewish movement for Dreamers looked like just this Wednesday:

In the morning — A rally at Senator Schumer’s office in New York.

In the afternoon — A phone bank in Massachusetts. A Jewish-led vigil at the ICE offices in San Francisco. Joining the National Day of Action in Washington, DC with Rep. Keith Ellison, United We Dream, CASA, Make the Road, Women’s March, Center for Popular Democracy, and more.

In the evening — Jewish-led rallies at Senator Toomey’s office in Philadelphia and Representative Royce’s office in Orange County, CA.

This is incredible. After the 2016 election, Bend the Arc launched the Moral Minyan project with the goal to empower Jewish communities in every corner of the country with the tools, skills, and courage to take prophetic local action. Let My People Stay is a testament to a year of organizing, education, and solidarity from one end of the country to the other.

Here’s a special story of how a Jewish song became part of the movement for immigrant justice:

Before the National Day of Action kicked off this week In DC, I joined with a group of nearly 100 immigrants and allies preparing for civil disobedience who had requested to learn one of the songs from Bend the Arc’s action last month.

Just three weeks ago, I sang this song along with 81 other Jewish activists, allies, and rabbis as we were arrested at the Capitol for the Dream Act. This week, I watched with tears in my eyes as young immigrants, and allies sang these same words before their own arrest. I promise you will be moved watching this group sing “We will build this world from love.”

Watch the video of activists singing Olam Chesed Yibaneh from the Washington Post here:

Are you ready to keep building this world from love?

We know we have a lot more work to do win justice for Dreamers and their families. If you’d like to learn more about how to participate locally on immigration and a wide range of other progressive issues, join our upcoming Orientation Call to find your spot in Bend the Arc. Now’s a great time to get more involved.

Orientation call: Find your spot in Bend the Arc
Thursday, March 15th

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In these extraordinary times, our goal is to bring you the support you need to join the rising Jewish resistance for immigrant rights and more. Because while the arc of the moral universe is long, together, we can bend it toward justice.

In solidarity,

Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block
Washington Director