Shabbat Service: Labor on the Bimah
August 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Labor Day is not just a day off! It is a day that honors the American labor movement, and their work to ensure fair and just labor conditions for American workers. We participate in “Labor on the Bimah” as part of an interfaith initiative that strives to bring these values into worship on Labor Day weekend. Join us for an inspiring Shabbat service that lifts up the labor movement on this important weekend.
Dora V. Chen, a temple member and Associate General Counsel for Political Programs at the Service Employees International Union, will discuss the intersection of racial justice and economic justice in the labor movement. One of SEIU’s core principles is that our nation cannot achieve economic justice without achieving racial justice as well. The Fight for 15 is an example of how the Union’s work fuses race and class. That campaign raised the minimum wage in states around the country, while also empowering low-wage workers of color and white workers to demand justice in their workplaces and communities. Dora’s presentation will further discuss how race is being used to divide people against their interests, why naming race explicitly in our national discourse is crucial, and why cross-racial unity is essential to the economic welfare of society as a whole. Dora is a member of the Multiracial Sinai Committee and proud alumna of Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program.