By Rev. C.J. Hawking
As I assist Rabbi Renee Bauer of Madison’s Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin, the following has been accomplished: over 400 religious leaders statewide have signed a statement in support of a just solution; over 120 religious leaders marched together in Saturday’s rally of 100,000 supporters; Shabbat services led by four rabbis were led in the Capital; on Sunday, Rev. Amanda Stein of Trinity UMC, Madison led an ecumenical service with an open Communion table; seventeen religious leaders, with stoles, collars, and yarmulkes, stood ready to risk arrest in a civil disobedience action with hundreds of occupiers of the Capital building; churches and synagogues are opening their space for forums, discussions, and organizing teams; and this past weekend hundreds of clergy preached on supporting the importance and power of the average citizen acting on behalf of the common good.