May 1 is International Workers’ Day and a day of planned strikes across the nation.

In an act of global unity, hundreds of thousands of people across industries will participate in various actions today. We stand together to voice opposition to the new administration’s executive actions and campaign promises that threaten the security, dignity and basic human rights of vulnerable minority communities in our country; we stand to support labor rights and to call for a Living Wage.

To honor these sacred objectives, the IKAR’s leadership has decided to close our offices (our staff will be paid), so that we can support the strike and participate in events and gatherings around the city.

Here’s one you may be interested in joining; IKAR folks and others are meeting at 10:30am at Langer’s Deli before marching alongside our community partners.

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It is taught: When the community is in trouble, a person must not say, ‘I will go into my house and I will eat and drink and peace will be upon my soul…’ Rather one must share in the distress of the community…
Talmud Bavli, Taanit 11a

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.
Nelson Mandela