Social Justice & Social Action – April 2018 – Part 2

Reflection on Making a Difference Regarding Immigration

A spur of the moment decision to try to impact a US Representative (who I had never heard of before) is what prompted a mid-week drive to Santa Clarita. I am not a political person, but I am Jewish. And coming together with a group of activists of many faiths sparked my interest. I was invited by Rabbi Chuck who had received a memo from ReformCA of the Religious Action Center that a group called LA Voice was organizing a visit to the offices of Rep. Steve Knight of the 25th District to have a conversation with him or his office staff about policies regarding Immigration, DACA, and Dreamers.

I had recently attending a drama about the plight of Dreamers put on by CSULB Theater Group, and so their cause, and now my cause, was at the forefront of my mind. We were joined by Marla Shwarts, who had this to say about the experience: “Today I lived my life Jewishly. We traveled to the far-away office of Rep. Steve Knight of the 25th District whose policies deny human rights to immigrants. We were an interfaith group of over one hundred people who stand by our religious values and act on behalf of humankind.”

Our voices were heard, we chanted the songs of freedom, and together, along with our posters stating ‘All Immigrants Welcome Here’ we came together to stand strong with our community. Are you listening, Rep. Steve Knight?

As Rabbi Hillel teaches, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”

Laurel Perry with Marla Shwarts