A Tomato on the Seder Plate:
A Passover Seder for Food Justice
Friday, March 29, 7PM*
at Mishkan Shalom,
4101 Freeland Avenue
Phila PA 19128
Mishkan Shalom is thrilled to welcome
The Philly Campaign for Fair Food, Friends of Farmworkers, T’ ruah, and the Jewish Labor Committee
As we jointly sponsor a seder of learning, Passover ritual, celebration, and song.
· Learn about the lives and struggles of Florida farmworkers and the movement for justice in the tomato fields led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
· Find out about ways to support CIW’s campaigns here in Philadelphia
· Get simple, practical tips for eating more justly
· Gain a new understanding of the deep meaning of Passover rituals
To learn about the CIW’s Fair Food Campaign, visit: http://www.ciw-online.org.
*Dinner will not be served, but Passover ritual foods will be part of the celebration
*There is no cost for the event, but donations to Mishkan Shalom to defray costs are appreciated.
*RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you’ll be there!
We were taken by surprise when we learned Monday afternoon that Maura Contreras, anticipated speaker at our March 24th event, Disappeared Children in El Salvador and a Mother’s Search, was denied a visa by the U.S. embassy in El Salvador.
Maura was prepared for her appointment with a file of letters of invitation and support for her visa application from the Romero Interfaith Center and our three member congregations: from the provost of Saint Joseph’s University, and from Representative Chaka Fattah. Despite all this, the embassy official dismissed her after only a few minutes saying there would be no visa issued that day.
We are currently working through our elected officials with hope to appeal this decision.
We will continue to update you on the status of Maura’s visit, but no matter what happens we will hold the event on March 24th. We will show the documentary, Niños de la Memoria, which tells the story of three families, their search for their disappeared children and their longing for reunification. María Teresa Rodríguez , the producer of the film, will speak about the process of making the documentary and the stories it reveals. And Maura will join us, whether in person or via Skype.
We will have an update on the status of Maura’s visa and her potential visit by the end of the week. Thank you for standing with us in solidarity with the people of El Salvador.
Together with a number of other committees and organizations, The Romero Interfaith Center helps to support a high school scholarship program in the San Vicente Region of El Salvador. This is the region of the country where our sister community, Las Anonas de Santa Cruz, is located.
This video was put together by the SHARE foundation, which also supports the scholarship program. It profiles four students from various communities who receive scholarships from the program to help them further their studies.
Romero Interfaith Center – the Philly Committee of U.S. El Salvador Sister Cities – was pleased to be able to host this year’s U.S.E.S.S.C. National Gathering this past weekend. It was great catching up with familiar faces and meeting new people. Our guests from El Salvador, Jose Felipe from San Jose Las Flores, Zulma from the National CRIPDES Board, and Lorenza from PROVIDA, were an amazing inspiration – who found inspiration in all of us!
We want to warmly request that you save the date for the USESSC National
Gathering to be held in *Philadelphia, PA **October 6 – 7, 2012 with the
USESSC National** **Board meeting on October 7 or 8.** *
We are looking forward to seeing all of you. Please feel free to join us on
*Friday October 5* for a casual evening to meet and connect.
Given that we are hosting, we hope that many of you will be able to make
it out for all or part of the weekend’s activities!
The agenda and logistics for the weekend are in process and will be made
available once they are confirmed.
We do ask that you register if you are able – there is a form if you follow
USESSC National Gathering Registration Form
It’s quite simple, but if you have questions or problems, please let us know!
Estela from U.S. El Salvador Sister Cities has uploaded a great album of photos onto facebook from the Philly Builders’ Delegation! I hope that soon we can include some reflections here from the trip, but for now you can use your imaginations to tell the story!
Builders Trip to El Salvador!