Letter to the Mayor for a Workers' Center
This week, a letter signed by 15 organizations and 27 community leaders (including 14 rabbis) was sent to the office of Mayor Adrian Fenty, asking him to move quickly to establish a workers' center at the Home Depot site.
DC Jobs with Justice will be sponsoring an organization capable of running the workers' center. You can see the whole letter here
Help us take this project to completion! Contact Rabbi Elizabeth Richman at firstname.lastname@example.org
to learn more!
Fair Purple Line Update!
Have you heard about the Purple Line and wondered how it will affect life in the DC region? Or been to Woodlands or Udupi Palace in Langley Park and been curious about the community? Or are you someone who's fascinated by urban planning and transportation? If so, our Fair Purple Line education forum is for you!
On February 17th, we're organizing a unique opportunity to help community members understand the sometimes-complicated issues surrounding the Purple Line and associated redevelopment in Langley Park (once a predominantly Jewish area). Cheryl Cort, Policy Director at the Coalition for Smarter Growth, will be our guest speaker. She'll discuss what's happening in Langley Park and regionally, and leave plenty of time for your questions.
We'll meet on February 17th at 7:00 pm at the downtown Silver Spring public library (8901 Colesville Road, a short walk from the Silver Spring metro and many bus lines).
Friends and colleagues are warmly invited to attend-- feel free to forward this email. RSVP to email@example.com so we can plan accordingly.
Wings Workers Still Need Our Support!
Three months ago, a committed group of construction workers at the DC-based Wings Enterprises went out on strike to demand dignity, a living wage, benefits and basic safety equipment on the job. Faith leaders from Interfaith Worker Justice of Greater Washington and the DC Workers Rights Board met with Wings workers at First Rising Mt. Zion Church and have since joined the strikers as part of the Justice at Wings campaign. "I believe in the eyes of God we are all equal, and
these types of injustices do not please God," said Cristian, one of the striking workers. "We need your support."
Sign the Appeal for Justice http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QBQT39Q to
support workers at Wings!
Volunteer Tax Helpers Needed
Capital Area Asset Builders is recruiting volunteers for the DC EITC Campaign tax season (February-April 2010). Their greatest need is for Savings Promoters - volunteers who would talk to people waiting to get their taxes done about taking money management classes, savings, direct depositing their refund, and the like. No experience is necessary, training is provided.
They are also looking for tax preparation volunteers able to work at east of the river tax sites, during daytime hours, or who speak Spanish, Chinese, or Amharic.
Register to volunteer here! For more information, visit the website: www.dceitc.org
On the Jewish calendar, the 15th of the month of Shevat--January 30 on the Gregorian calendar this year-- is a holiday called Tu Bishvat. Tu Bishvat is considered to be a "New Years" for the trees, just like we celebrate January 1 as a New Years for people. Because of its connection to the natural world, many Jewish communities celebrate Tu Bishvat with rituals that ask participants to reflect on the connection between our lives and the environment.
In one striking illumination of that connection, Rabbi Jacob ben Isaac Ashkenazi, a 16th century Polish rabbi, compared human beings to trees. He wrote: "[L]ike humans, trees have the power to grow. And as humans have children, so trees bear fruit. And when a human is hurt, cries of pain are heard throughout the world. So too when a tree is chopped down, its cries are heard throughout the world." This Tu Bishvat, JUFJ invites you to take a minute to think about the ways-- big or small-- that you can help prevent harm to both people and the environment.