I am down in North Miami Beach with a cohort of alte yidden, elderly Jews walking for Hillary Clinton.
My cohorts have bad backs, aching feet, hearing loss and my own contribution of visual impairment. We are getting out the vote for Hillary.
We are staying at a lovely home and going over every poll from sunrise to sunset and beyond. We have been walking around in mostly African American neighborhoods where almost everyone is pro Hillary. Will they vote? Polls are not so encouraging and my people are tense. It is hot.
And as we walk—we find out things. Many houses in poorer neighborhoods are inaccessible due to gates and bars on small houses.
The people are very friendly and we are well aware that had it been the other way around, black folks walking around white neighborhoods they wouldn’t be so welcomed.
The number of people who have been permanently disenfranchised due to their felony status, brought me to tears. It was easy to see real institutional racism at work.
We are almost at our drop off point and I am glad that I am able to do this.
Jewish tradition teaches that “It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world, but you are not free to desist from it either.” Rabbi Tarfon, Pirke Avot 2:21.