This year's seder focused on the Curtis Bay incinerator, because no community is disposable. The country's largest trash burning incinerator is being planned in Curtis Bay, a highly polluted neighborhood in the southern part of Baltimore. Together, we used our collective power to further the cause of justice and freedom for Curtis Bay.
We connected Genesis stories about the creation of the earth to our responsibility to environmental stewardship and connected traditional Passover symbols to environmental justice.
One memorable highlight was singing Curtis Bay Chad Gadya with each table taking a solo for one verse. No words were wasted as we sang. Watch our video: you won't be able to get 'one piece of trash' out of your head. The full lyrics are in our haggadah (which also has awesome graphics, powerful stats, and readings to share at your own seder tables).
Interfaith Power and Light's director, longtime JUFJ leader, and co-author of our Green and Just Celebrations booklet, Joelle Novey, spoke about our collective responsibility to the earth. She also brought the plates and cups from Tikkun Leil Shabbat, which kept our seder sustainable. Free Your Voice's Brandon Todd, Charles Graham and Gregory Sawtell also spoke (and showed a short movie) about their activism against the incinerator. Delegate Mary Washington was our last speaker, moved the crowd as she spoke about ending construction of the incinerator.
Together we took action to stop the incinerator from being constructed because breathing clean air is a basic human right. Everyone wrote letters asking various Baltimore-based companies, organizations, and departments to officially end their support for the Energy Answers trash-burning incinerator project.
Brought to you by a community of partners including:
JUFJ, BAYITT, Repair the World: Baltimore, Moishe House, BIYA, Beth Am Synagogue, B'nai Israel Synagogue, the Pearlstone Center and Interfaith Power and Light