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JALSA creates mezuzahs to thank legislators for supporting ‘Dreamers’

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JALSA members create mezuzot.

FEBRUARY 8, 2018 – On Jan. 25, members of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action created mezuzot at the Mass State House Cafe for US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and seven of the state’s nine US representatives.

Rabbis and elected officials joined JALSA in thanking the legislators who earlier last month voted against a temporary spending bill to end a three-day government shutdown because it did not include a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The event, which was preceded by a press conference and posted on local political news outlets, was streamed live on Facebook.

A 2012 Obama policy that is set to end in March, DACA provides temporary legal status for “Dreamers,” who arrived in the US as children without documentation.

“We know that the fight is not over, and we ask them to continue advocating to pass a Clean Dream Act to create a legal path to citizenship for young people without sacrificing other immigrant communities,” said JALSA Executive Director Cindy Rowe. She explained that mezuzot serve as a reminder of Jewish values, which include keeping our doors open to all.
According to its mission statement, JALSA works to engage the community in promoting civil rights, civil liberties, and social, economic, and environmental justice.

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