On the third day of Passover in downtown Los Angeles, 35 Rabbis, Priests, and Muslim activists — in a coalition of local faith-based groups were arrested for an act of civil disobedience.
In protest of the Trump administration’s inhumane efforts to tear immigrant families apart, these leaders physically blocked the entrance to the local detention center, sitting in the street until they were handcuffed and led away by police while hundreds of supporters sang and chanted and cheered the resistance.
The April 13 act took place on the third day of Passover. Those who participated drew parallels with the Israelite Exodus story from bondage to liberation with the slavery of undocumented immigrants who live in fear of being detained.
“I’m standing with my brothers and sisters in faith … on behalf of the undocumented and the refugee and immigrant communities that are being targeted now. Especially now during Passover it is time we remember our own liberation,” Rabbi Sarah Bassin, associate rabbi at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, told the Journal, locking arms with Wilshire Boulevard Temple Rabbi Susan Goldberg, prior to their arrest.
Bassin said she was released shortly after her arrest. The LAPD treated her professionally, she said, adding that the charge is equivalent to a traffic violation.
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