On July 16, federal judge Cormac Carney declared the California death penalty to be unconstitutional due to its slow and capricious nature. Stephen Rohde, a constitutional lawyer and leader in both the California Jewish community and interfaith movement explores this decision and the breakdowns in the California penal system that made it necessary.
Links to Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s poetry about the Gaza conflict.
A rabbi and an imam have published a joint statement asking for justice and mercy in Gaza and a reigning in of the animal instincts that drive the violence and blood feuds.
While the child refugees fleeing Central America are receiving a harsh reception from U.S. citizens and its politicians, the religious response is an example of what is right with the Church today. The New York Times published a comprehensive article on the different groups working together; it includes a number of links to the organizations that need our help in supporting these young refugees.