Comprehensive Immigration Reform has many activists working to protect families and civil liberties of over 12 million immigrants currently living in the United States. Since November 12, immigrant activists on the National Mall have been fasting to demonstrate to House leadership that there is no sacrifice they won’t make to protect their families. In a time where 400,000 families are being separated by deportation every year, we need to demonstrate our support. On December 3rd, Rep. Joseph Kennedy (MA) and Rep. Juan Vargas showed support and joined the fast on the Mall. To illustrate the importance of partnership on this contested issue, Bend the Arc and the Muslim Public Affairs Council are calling for a National Day of Fasting on Friday December 6th. JALSA is supporting this fast. Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison (MN) and Jewish Rep. Steve Cohen (TN) have already committed to fasting– will you? To show solidarity for the immigration reform activists fasting on the National Mall and the importance of working together to protect immigrant families, you can: Pledge to fast Spread the word on Facebook: “Today I proudly fast, with JALSA and other Jews and Muslims across the country to support the immigration reform activists fasting on the National Mall.” Spread the word on Twitter: Fasting today with #interfaith #ImmigrationReform activists across the country to call for change @JALSA_boston @bend_thearc @mpac_national Please let us know if you participate in any of these!
12/8 (9AM-6PM) : JALSA will be at LimmudBoston and leading a discussion on why Preventing Gun Violence is a Jewish issue!. www.limmudboston.org.
12/14: Remembrance day for Newtown- Service, walk, and candle light vigil. Begins at 1:30 pm at Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common and vigil starts 4:30 pm at First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St. (refer to our email sent on 11/21)
Food Justice Task Force meeting soon, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action explored a topic that has financial, environmental, and public safety impacts — natural gas leaks. We were joined by two leaders working on the issue of natural gas leaks: State Representative Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) and Attorney Jan Schlichtmann (played by John Travolta in the film “A Civil Action”) This legislative session, for the third time, Representative Ehrlich filed a comprehensive bill aimed at reducing hazardous natural gas leaks. Also several MA towns have taken legal action to seek compensation for damage to trees on public land they say were caused by underground natural gas leaks Attorney Jan Schlichtmann of the Civil Action Center, Inc, one of the country’s most notable plaintiff’s attorneys, is a leader of The Massachusetts Public Shade Tree Trust and represents several of the plaintiff communities.