What I love about May 1st is that it reminds me that I have friends all over the world. Here is a video from Rabbis for Human Rights about the Fiddler with No Roof; a beautiful, gentle exposeé that mourns cycles of violence and invites you to help break the cycle: . One of my friends recently attended a CPT delegation to this area to see “the Bedouin experience of being pushed off 90% of their traditional lands. The Israeli government has put a US Army base on their land and there is intense pressure for the residents of small villages (which closely resemble a Native American reservations) to be further consolidated into Bedouin towns without jobs, infrastructure or room for farming or grazing their sheep and goats.” The delegation visited just outside Be’er Sheva, “a location oft visited by Abraham and his family in the Bible…Abraham was himself a Bedouin [wandering Aramean] who would have a tough time these days in the Naqab,” my friend noted.
and here is a video of one of Watershed Discipleship based activists protecting land and life that they love from destruction. This is worship at it’s best, attentive context and attentive to the life of the world–extending the invitation to live free from petroleum addiction: . Neither of these two videos speak directly to the solidarity among workers worldwide required for deep change in the ways the global population produces and consumes, but both point to the interconnectedness of worker’s struggles with the movements for pluralistic, multi-ethnic societies AND healthy environments in which to live.