Monthly Archives: September 2017

Standing with DACA and Reading Deuteronomy-by Ayala Emmett

DACA’s young people grew up in this country. They went to school with our children; they embraced American values, they became our kin, friends, students, and colleagues. This administration is brazenly threatening them with expulsion and exile. There are no words to describe the dread they feel that they might become fugitives, stripped of their American identity, home and life, as they have known it.

Those, like Jeff Sessions, who so callously would exile 800.000 amazingly courageous young people, suffer from amnesia. They refuse to remember their own histories, their ancestors who came to this country for a better life. Fleeing religious persecutions, despotic kings, poverty, famine, and hardships. They came with the same hopes and aspiration of DACA’s parents when they entered. No difference. Those who plot expulsion, use amnesia/blindness to ignore the fact that their immigrant ancestors and DACA parents shaped, and continue to shape American democracy. All immigrants have entered this country with similar aims. read more

Rally to Save DACA!

Join us in Rochester for a Press Conference and

Rally to Save DACA!

Friday, September 8, 2017, 12 Noon

Federal Building, 100 State Street, Rochester, NY

For information: Carly Fox,(585) 500-9409,

                                       John Ghertner, (585) 733-3171,

  As many of you know, on September 5th President Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that shields some 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the United State as children, from deportation. They should not be deported! This inhumane act will permanently hurt the dreamers, who walked out of the shadows and trusted our government. Instead, this decision will destroy their families and futures and cost the US billions. Dreamers need a permanent legislative solution with no strings attached. read more

Judith—by Peter Eisenstadt

An Israelite town, Bethulia, is besieged. (The narrative seems a little confused about whether it is the Babylonians or Assyrians doing the besieging, but never mind.) The Bethulians are desperate, running out of food and water. The leaders decide they will give God five days to get them out of their pickle; if God doesn’t come through, they will surrender, and their fate will be in the hands of their conquerors. Then a wise and wealthy widow, Judith, summons the elders. She criticized their plans, and criticized their theology. Don’t give God any ultimatums. “Do not try to bind the purposes of the Lord our God; for God is not like a human being, to be threatened, or like a mere mortal, to be won over by pleading. Therefore, while we wait for his deliverance, let us call upon him to help us, and he will hear our voice, if it pleases him.” Judith knows in hard times, it is not God, but the faithful that are being tested. read more