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Jewish, Muslim, Christian, & Sikh Leaders Stand Up for Immigrant Rights


I’m really glad to be here as a rabbi, as a Jew whose family came here about a hundred years ago. Well as a Christian, this is an incredibly holy day for us. It is the day where Jesus refused to back down from the authorities who came at him basically to tell him to stop loving so radically. I’m here today because it is Passover. Six weeks ago, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was detained by ICE as he was in the middle of dropping off his daughter at school. What is worse… that a 48-year-old man who has lived and worked in this country for 25 years was arrested? Or that the arrest was carried out in front of his 12-year-old daughter? This is what ICE is doing. These are Trump’s “bad hombres.” People who are supporting families, who are members of communities. We are here to say as loudly as we can that we will not abide this anymore! [Applause] If this system does not do what it needs to do to act justly and humanely, then what are we gonna do? Shut it down! What are we gonna do? Shut it down! What are we gonna do? Shut it down! We want to remember right now that there are beloved kin, brothers and sisters, who are right upstairs up there at the top looking out at us. We cry with them and we know that God cries with them. The hot winds cannot touch me. This is the prayer that my grandfather whispered to me when I was a little girl. This is the prayer that is the heart of fearlessness and bravery in the Sikh faith. The Sikh faith, which is a religion of oneness. Ik Onkar, oneness and love, revolutionary love. I’m here today as a Sikh. I’m here as an American. I’m here as a lawyer. I’m here as an activist and I am here as a mother. This is the matzoh of hope! When he said “I want you to love one another as I have loved you,” he knelt before his friends, his disciples, and washed their feet. So we are here today willing to embody, to carry on that tradition of Jesus and to sacrifice, to surrender, what we have on behalf of others. In this month, Muslims celebrate the eve of Isra and Mi’raj, when Prophet Muhammad was taken to Jerusalem through the heavens and brought with all the other prophets, and on that day he met Moses, he met Jesus, he met Adam, he met every prophet. And every prophet said that there is no greater strength than the strength of a people who stand for justice for all. I hereby declare this to be unlawful assembly. Break up this assembly. If you do not do so, you may be arrested.

Jean Kelley

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  1. Jennifer Moran Posted on July 4, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Holy work. Thank you.

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