Rabbi Jill Jacobs of T’ruah gave the final speech. An article in Haaretz recently profiled her as one of the new female leaders challenging the entrenched structure of the male Jewish legacy organizations. She told the demonstrators, “It’s important for me to be here. We’re dealing with a settler government. Occupation is destroying Judaism.” She referenced the Biblical metaphor: “A calf doesn’t have to be golden. It can be a state.”
Wilson changed the equation when she contacted Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid lawyers to help her prove that Formosa had been dumping plastic waste in the Gulf Coast of Texas. They won a $50 million settlement for the pollution of bays encompassing the Point Comfort factory.
President Biden has announced his run for office in 2024, and he isn’t wasting any time promoting his climate agenda. On April 21, he delivered a fundamental building block in the fight to ensure environmental justice for all Americans.
The talents spotlighted are women who have experienced the impacts of hierarchical systems, othering, and the legacies of colonialism. The takeaways are visual pleasures and food for thought, concurrent with an in-depth examination of these issues.
In January 2023, a research paper outlined how pollution emitted from cars driven by “commuters from majority-white tracts disproportionately drive through non-white tracts–compared to the inverse.”
As the soldier speaks to someone on a military phone, Amro says, “No. This is not true… Don’t lie. Don’t lie. Say the truth.”
Perhaps the top takeaway was Amro’s statement, “American Jews can make a difference.” He added, “I depend on your support. We all have a dream.”
Sherman is left to reflect upon the import of what he has learned. He asks rhetorically, “Now that I knew the truth, what was I going to do about it?”
In Connecticut, almost 90% of schools have embraced the topic of climate change as part of the science syllabus.
In the Bronx, perhaps in honor of the Yankees, politics is hardball. Allegiances change and shift. It isn’t always pretty.