I spoke at today’s Rally to Save the American Dream, sponsored by MoveOn. Here are my remarks:
My name is Chuck Warpehoski, I’m an interterfaith organizer. Some people would have us believe that the only religious voices on faith issues are conservative voices. I’m here to tell you that’s not true.
All the faith traditions talk about caring for the poor. Of course, the best way to do that is to give them good-paying jobs, and that’s what unions are for.
The Torah, the Jewish scripture, teaches that every seven years all debts should be forgiven. You don’t have to be Jewish to realize that this teaching might have a lesson for us as we face the foreclosure crisis.
The Torah also teaches, “Justice, justice shall you pursue.” (Deut 16:20) You don’t have to be religious to realize that this teaching is a challenge to a budget proposal that raises taxes on poor families while cutting taxes on businesses.
In Christianity, Jesus asked his followers, “Who of you, if a child asked for bread, would give him a stone.” The point is that we should care for our children and give them what they need. And you don’t have to be Christian to realize that this teaching says something about a budget that cuts funding to our schools.
Jesus also told his followers, “those who are not against us are for us.” That sounds to me a bit like solidarity.
Teachers, are you with us?
Students, are you with us?
Labor, are you with us?
Michigan, are you with us?