Arrested in Defense of Treaty Rights

A CONVERSATION WITH MARILYN KIMMERLING OF TACOMA DIRECT ACTION By Stephen Quirke   IN THE EARLY MORNING of May 17, 2017, six people entered a construction site at the Port of Tacoma, Washington, and locked themselves to an auger. Four hours passed before Tacoma police could remove them. One officer told 79- year-old Cynthia Linet that his […]

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#MeToo, Said Mother Earth

by Aaron Dorman “God gave us the Earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.” –Ann Coulter, 2001 “I think that neoliberalism is what lovelessness looks like as a policy . . . it looks like water pipes leaking lead and poisoning young minds […]

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Running for Congress at 24

AND GETTING ATTACKED BY NEO-NAZIS A CONVERSATION WITH ERIN SCHRODE From the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents Erin Schrode, 25, has been an environmental activist her entire life. In 2005, at age 13, in response to skyrocketing cancer rates in Marin County, California, she and her mother Judi Shils co-founded Teens for Safe Cosmetics […]

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Eight Ideas for Khanike Gelt

by Lawrence Bush KHANIKE GELT (gifts of money) has roots in days of Jewish poverty, when children rarely had a penny of their own. In contemporary times of Jewish prosperity, perhaps it is the whole family’s turn to give gelt. Here are some suggestions for Khanike-season giving. FIRST CANDLE: The “Miracle of Oil” — one […]

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The Elites Close Ranks Behind Trump

by Richard Greeman AS AMERICANS all over the land sat down to a stuffed turkey feast to celebrate our country’s founding myth — the Pilgrim Fathers welcomed by the Indians — the North Dakota National Guard, militarized local police and (unlicensed) security guards were brutalizing unarmed Standing Rock Sioux Indians gathered to protesting construction of […]

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O My America: Standing Rock

by Lawrence Bush YES, I’VE BEEN to North Dakota — as a tourist. I’ve camped in Teddy Roosevelt National Park and seen a bull snake that was five feet long. I’ve been in Fargo and I’ve been through Bismark and I’ve seen Native American poverty from my car window. When I was there, it was […]

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Tisha b’Av in the Age of Climate Change

BINDING OURSELVES TO ONE ANOTHER THROUGH ACTIVISM by Rabbi Judy Weiss from the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents THE FIRST TIME I went to Tisha b’Av morning services, I was surprised by something rather insignificant: According to Ashkenazic custom, Jews don’t wear talleisim (prayer shawls) or tefillin (phylacteries) during the morning Tisha b’Av service. […]

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A Reunion of New Jewish Agenda

by Lawrence Bush NEW JEWISH AGENDA, the transformative, progressive Jewish membership organization of the 1980s and early 1990s, is going to be briefly revived for a weekend reunion during Memorial Day weekend, 2016 — thirty-six years after NJA’s launch in 1980, at a founding conference that was attended by more than 1,000 people. I’ve been […]

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O My America: Eight Themes for Khanike Gelt

by Lawrence Bush KHANIKE GELT — SMALL GIFTS OF MONEY — HAS ROOTS IN DAYS OF JEWISH POVERTY when children rarely had a penny of their own. It was also a means of paying kheyder teachers and helping them get around the halakhic injunction against profiting from the teaching of Torah. In contemporary times of […]

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