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Jewish Liberation at the Global
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A group of RC Jews and allies worked to put Jewish liberation at the center of the Sustaining All Life (SAL)/United to End Racism (UER) project at the September 2018 Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, California, USA.

Some of the advance GCAS activities fell on Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). A huge march took place on Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath). We sent a letter acknowledging this to Jewish religious leaders in the San Francisco Bay area and wrote something similar on the flyer announcing the SAL/UER events. We also acknowledged the Muslim New Year, which fell on that same week.

We supported the six Northern California RC Regions to hold RC events on topics such as being visible as Jews and allies during the GCAS, discharging feelings about anti-Jewish oppression, and discharging on what we’d need to face to play a key role in standing against anti-Jewish oppression and not letting it derail the focus on climate justice.

The four Jewish SAL/UER delegates to the GCAS led a powerful workshop on the second day of Rosh Hashanah called “Jews Supporting Climate Justice: Yes! A Great Commitment for the New Year.”

Emily Galpern

Berkeley, California, USA

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Last modified: 2019-05-02 14:41:35+00