On December 4 in New York City, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice organized a powerful action on the Upper West Side. Hundreds marched, many other Jewish organizations offered support, and twenty seven people, including four rabbis, were arrested after demonstrators blocked traffic. Responding to requests from their allies in the #ThisStopsToday Coalition, they called for justice for Eric Garner and an end to broken windows policing.
The demonstrators recited the Mourners’ Kaddish for lives lost at the hands of police:
JOIN Seminary Leadership Project alum Rabbi Anne Lewis joined with other clergy and the organizing group POWER to speak out against police violence last weekend in Philadelphia.
Rabbi Lewis serves as a rabbi at the Germantown Jewish Center.
There are actions calling for an end to police violence being planned all around the country for Tuesday, December 16, the first night of Hanukkah. You can read more about them and find one near you on the Hanukkah Action website and with the #ChanukahAction hashtag.