JCPA & Reform Orgzns join; New Info on Jewish Part of Climate March

 Climate March Grows! —
JCPA Signs On;
March Plans & Schedu
le Explained Below

Dear friends —

The People’s Climate March in NYC on Sunday, September 21,  may well be at the level of
250,000.  Many many groups and contingents have formed – Faith Communities (within which there will be a Jewish grouping), Businesses, Students, Labor Unions, Environmentalists,
and many many more.

I am especially happy to report that four important Jewish organizations – the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL); the broadest Jewish umbrella organization, the Jewish Council on Public Affairs; the Union for RTeform Jdaism (the American Jewish organization with the largest number of individual members); and the Central Conference of American Rabbis —  have just now jo
ined as endorsers.  Bruchim haba’im, Blessed a
re those who Arrive!

The fullest list we have of Jewish endorsers is on our Home Page, at

https://theshalomcenter.org/content/what-jewish-organizations-are-sponsoring-peoples-climate-march

To take your own sacred place as an end
orser, please sign up in two places:

For the March as a
whole, please click to:

<
http://peoplesclimate.org/participating-organizations/#survey>

To take part in the Jewish contingent on th
e March, please sign on at

<
https://theshalomcenter.org/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=12&reset=>1>

This March will be a turning point in our movement to heal Mother Earth and protect the human race, as well as other life-forms, from the ravages of global scorching. Come be a part of history, and —
 even more important – help make the history that will move all our children and grandchildren, as the Great March for Jobs & Freedom in 1963 still moves and inspires us today.

The March in general will assemble beginning at 11:00 on the streets in an area
north of Columbus Circle  (59th Street & 8th Ave). We will march east on 59th Street, south on 6th Avenue, west on 42nd Street, and end at a closing activity on 11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets. This route keeps our march in the heart of Manhattan, and we’ll pass along the southern end of Times Square, making our massive numbe
rs visible to the whole world.

There are separate but linked arrangements for the Faith Contingent. As I write, we do not yet have an agreement with the police on the place for the Faith Contingent to gather. We hope it will be a 4-block area of Central Park West, which flows into the Columbus
Circle where the March begins.

The Jewish contingent will be part of the Faith Contingent. It looks as if the Faith Contingent may be between 7,000 and 10,000 people. The multireligious Faith Contingent will be gathering as shown below, and will join the broa
der March between 1 and 1:30 pm.

SPE
CIAL ITEMS OF CONCERN:

1.  SHOFAR

We are organizing a band of shofar-(Ram’s Horn) blow
ers to lead the Jewish contingent. PLEASE BRING A SHOFAR AND LEARN TO SIMPLY SOUND FORTH A SINGLE LONG NOTEWE WILL NOT NEED THE MULTI-NOTE SOUNDING THAT WE DO ON ROSH HASHANAH.

2. HOUSING/ HOSPITALI
TY
ABRAHAM’S TENT OPEN TO TRAVELERS

 On September 21, thousands and thousands of people will be in New York for the People’s Climate March.  Many of them will need a place to stay ov
ernight on Saturday and Sunday nights.
 
Consistent with faith communities’ traditions of hospitality, we’re inviting faith communities to offer these out of town visitors a place to sleep.  Please – if you are wi
thin 90 minutes of NYC, will you help?
 
If your faith community wants to offer housing, please click here:  <
http://peoplesclimate.org/faith/housing-for-the-peoples-climate-march/>

3. PLANS FOR Multi-Faith Prayers, Meditations, and Devotions for FAITH contingent B
efore it Joins the People’s Climate March

This plan assumes the following:

The faith contingent will gather on the looooong block of 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
.
There will be a stage and a large-scale sound system available f
or a multi-faith service.
There will be an interest and desire for a coordinated level of faith activity across the entire faith contingent, along with the possible and theology

Materials to support these activities will be available on-line and will also be available on a singl
e, double-sided sheet of paper.
The faith contingent will be towards the end of the March, and will not actually start
marching till 1-1:30 pm.
There will be 8-10 multi-faith teams of leaders who will volunteer to lead prayers and facilitate activities in their ¼ to ½ block area of assembly.  For each of these teams, we will find Indigenous, Catholic, Protestant/Evangelical, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, UU, and  Humanist leaders, diverse in gender and ethnicity.  Leaders from other traditions will be integrat
ed as they are available.
There will be 2 planning/training sessio
ns for these leaders.
Draft Schedule of Activities   — the basic idea is to both have some religious leaders/ symbols/ practices scattered in multifaith teams thru the Faith contingent at the start of the Faith gathering, AND then the varied faith communities will gather in their
own body of people.  

For the first part, we will need religious leaders who will be willing to work as part of a multifaith team in the earlier part of the event. In the Jewish case, if you are willing to do this please email BOTH me at <Awaskow@theshalomcenter.org> and Mirele Goldsmith of Hazon at <mire
le.goldsmith@hazon.org>

Items in BOLD are to be carried out simul
taneously by all groups.

11:00 am – Faith Communities Gather i
n the Faith Assembly Area

11:15 am – Entire faith group in silent
observance for 5 minutes.

11:20 am - In
digenous Prayers offered.  

11:35 am -  Shofarot sound in each g
roup to mark start of mar
ch.  Jewish prayers offered.

11:50 am – Hindu mantras chanted – Hindu leaders teach a mantra to their groups.  Those who wish
join together in chanting.  At 11:45 – all join together in chanting a mantra.

12:10 pm – UU leaders light their chalices in each group,
and offer their presentations.

12:25 pm – Humanist l
eaders make their presentation.

12:45 pm –
Islamic Dhuhr prayers offered.  Entire faith group in prayers in solidarity. Possible to have recitation of Qur’an from multiple bullhorns.

1:00 pm – Entire group signs a song
as part of Global Climate Chorus

1:10 pm – Christian leaders offer their prayers – maybe ring hand bells, sprinkle people with holy wa
ter, share bread with their group?

Once the Faith contingent steps off – probably 1:15 , specific sub-contingents of Faith – Jews, Muslims, Methodists, etc – will gather in their separate communities to take part in th
e Faith section of the broad March.

At conclusion of March

Team of volunteers with smart phones – invite people to sign the on-line petition for ourvoices.net – the multi-faith, international campaign for a strong climate treaty – a
nd to offer a prayer for the climate.

 Keep in touch with March plans by clicking to -
- http://peoplesclimate.org/logistics/

Bring th
ings that help communicate the message:
- Make your own signs and banne
rs and t-shirts and flags – be creative
- Carry signs or banners that let people know where you are from – what organiz
ation, what city or state, what country
- Remember: only cardboard tubing or string can be us
ed to carry signs, banners, flags, etc.
- Music that do
es not need amplification is encouraged

Items to bring t
hat will make your day more comfortable:
- Bring some lig
ht food and drinks…it will be a long day
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Check the weather predictions a day or two
before you come and dress appropriately
- If it’s g
oing to be a sunny day, bring sun-screen

What NOT to Bring to the March

-
Do not bring any amplified sound systems.
- Do not bring signs, banners or flags that are carried on wooden sticks or metal rods, o
nly cardboard tubing or string is allowed.
- Do not weigh yourself down with unnecessary clothing or other items that you will
have to carry all day long…travel lightly.

Are you C
oming By Bus or Other Group Transportation?

Make sure your bus is plugged into our Bus/Train Operation. That way we’ll be able to make the best plans for bus drop-offs, parking and pick-ups at the end of the day. And by connecting with our Bus/Train Operation yo
u will get the most up-to-date information!

Together with Hazon, The Shalom Center has taken responsibility to reach out to possible Jewish participants in the March. The number of Jewish endorsers has continued to grow. We are also helping to shape a multirelig
ious service as the Faith Contingent gathers.

If you have questions, please Email BOTH me and Mirele Goldsmith of Hazon:
<
Awaskow@theshal
omcenter.org> and <mirele.goldsmith@hazon.org>

 As you can imagine, undertaking this effort has brought on expenses beyond our usual budget. Please help us do this work by making a (tax-deductible) gift to The Shalom Center: C
lick on the purple Donate button on the left-hand column, and we will
in turn thank you with a gift you’ll treasure!

Blessings of creativity and healing!


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