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American Jewish Leaders and Allies Call on Investors To Break Free From Fossil Fuels This Passover

MORE THAN ANY OTHER ISSUE, America’s Jews care about climate change. So from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale, from Los Angeles to Boston and from Portland, Oregon, to Denver, Colorado, and Columbus Ohio, Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action and allies are holding 21 public rallies across the country to call on the leading investors in fossil fuels to take urgent climate action this Passover.

These actions are part of Dayenu’s All Our Might campaign to end the era of fossil fuels and build a clean energy future.

Bill McKibben, author, educator, environmentalist, Founder of 350.org, and Dayenu advisory board member: “To face up to the biggest thing humans have ever done – heating the planet more than a degree – we need to pull the money lever to stop the fossil fuel industry. Dayenu’s All Our Might is putting our hand on that lever.”

A CALL TO BREAK FREE: Across North America, Dayenu leaders will lead rallies at the branches and offices of “The Schmutzy Sheva” (aka the Dirty Seven), the four banks and three asset managers that alone have trillions of dollars invested in fossil fuels: Coal, oil and gas.

Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, founder and CEO of Dayenu: “What is at stake this Passover is nothing less than whether life will continue l’dor v’dor, from generation to generation. We call on banks and investors to choose life and leave behind coal, oil, and gas, and instead invest in clean energy, so that we may have a just and livable future for all people for generations to come.”

“On Passover, Jewish people recall the Exodus story and our biblical ancestors’ pursuit of freedom. Today, we call for freedom from fossil fuels and a clean energy future where everyone can thrive. We call on the financial institutions whose investments are exacerbating the climate crisis to break free from the Fossil Fuel Pharaohs.”

At each event, Dayenu leaders and partners will proclaim the plagues that Fossil Fuel Pharaohs – coal, oil and gas companies – have wreaked. They will raise matzah as a symbol of urgency, and demand that The Schmutzy Sheva ‘move their dough’ by leaving behind polluting fossil fuel projects and fulfilling their zero emissions commitments.

Dr. Dana R. Fisher, Contributing Author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Review IPCC, Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland: “There is no question that citizen involvement in climate politics is crucial for pressuring governments and institutions to commit to real climate action (and actually follow through on their commitments). Dayenu’s All Our Might mobilization over the Passover holiday provides a wonderful opportunity for American Jews to turn up the pressure on financial institutions and hold them accountable for their part in the climate crisis.”

DAYENU, ENOUGH!: In the six years since the UN Paris Agreement was adopted, the world’s 60 largest private banks have poured USD $4.6 trillion into oil, gas, and coal companies. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shown the political dangers of fossil fuel dependency. And record-setting storms, floods, fires, and drought demonstrate that we have no time to waste to transition from polluting fossil fuels to 100% clean renewable energy.

Judi Soloway, co-organizer of Portland, Oregon, All Our Might action: “We’re excited because this is our first action. But we know that by urging the Portland Chase branch to move their dough we can be part of systemic change. And it’s time to step up because it’s now or never.”

Gaby Cohen, co-organizer of Bay Area All Our Might action: “My generation is frustrated that people in power have not taken the necessary steps to confront the climate crisis. I will be heading to BlackRock during Passover because trillions of dollars of American money is still invested in fossil fuels, keeping us deeply committed to this murderous schmutzy infrastructure.

Eve Sackett, co-organizer of Denver All Our Might action: “We join together as Jews and allies to demonstrate in the heart of Downtown Denver. We seek to raise awareness across Colorado, and urge Wells Fargo to move their money from fossil fuels into clean energy. Our message is peaceful and positive, and echoes the Jewish people’s fight for freedom that Passover celebrates.

Max Klau, co-organizer of Boston All Our Might action: “Last fall we organized a Dayenu Hear the Call event that turned out people even in the pouring rain. Since then, we’ve seen our network of relationships grow, our ability to plan and organize strengthen, and commitment to this work deepen. We’re drawing on new partnerships and hard won experience to plan our first action of the All Our Might campaign at Chase Bank in downtown Boston. The struggle to move financing from fossil fuels to clean energy could be long; we know that we are just getting started!”

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Dayenu Calls for Immediate Senate Action as House Passes Reconciliation Package

New York, NY – With the House of Representatives passing a major reconciliation package, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, issued the following statement:

“Today, the House of Representatives took a long overdue step toward addressing the climate crisis. The United States government is finally on the precipice of approving transformative investments in clean energy solutions that will lead to a more just and sustainable future for all.

“In this week’s Torah portion, we read about the generations that follow our biblical ancestors, and God promises: ‘I will make your offspring as numerous as the grains of sand along the sea.’ Our collective future is at stake today – and our fight is far from over.

“Already, the fossil fuel industry has successfully lobbied to whittle down the scope of this package. Our children and our children’s children cannot afford the price of delay or inaction. It is imperative that the Senate act without delay to pass this legislation into law. If we want to ensure a thriving planet and society l’dor va’dor, from generation to generation, our leaders must act urgently and pass the full Build Back Better agenda.

“We are grateful for the tireless efforts of grassroots and organizational leaders across the country, whose relentless advocacy helped make House passage a reality. It is thanks to the multiracial, multigenerational, multifaith coalition mobilized across the country that we stand close to the climate action we so desperately need.”

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As COP26 Concludes, Dayenu Calls on U.S. to Follow Through on Glasgow Commitments

New York, NY – After negotiations at COP26 concluded and as Congress deliberates on the Build Back Better legislative package, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action issued the following statement:

“COP26 may be over, but the real work is only just beginning. The global community has a long way to go to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, which scientists say is needed to avert the most harmful impacts of the climate crisis, as well as to respect and honor human rights. At the same time, we’re encouraged by many of the announcements and partnerships, like the launch of a global alliance to phase out oil and gas extraction, the multilateral commitment to reduce potent global methane emissions, and the recommitment to end deforestation by decade’s end. These initiatives have tremendous potential, but promises alone won’t solve the climate crisis. We need meaningful action.

“We call on the United States to follow through on the commitments it made over the past two weeks in Glasgow. A critical first step is passing the Build Back Better Act, which would enable the U.S. to deliver on its greenhouse gas emissions reductions pledge under the Paris Agreement. And we’re looking to the Biden Administration to go further by taking aggressive executive action, including banning oil and gas extraction on public lands, canceling ongoing and future fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and introducing new regulations to rapidly cut transportation and electricity emissions.”

“Time and time again, our leaders have made bold promises on climate, only to back down when the stage lights fade. In Judaism, we believe that words are significant and vows are sacred. We cannot afford for history to repeat itself, which is why Dayenu is helping to build a multigenerational Jewish climate movement to hold U.S. leaders to account and address the climate crisis at the scale that science and justice demand.”

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Dayenu Calls for Passage of full Build Back Better package as Infrastructure Bill heads to President Biden’s desk

New York – With the House of Representatives passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Dahlia Rockowitz, Washington Director of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action issued the following statement:

“We applaud the House of Representatives’ passage of legislation that provides critical investments in rail and public transit, clean water, high-speed internet, electric vehicle charging stations, and pollution remediation. This legislation is an initial step towards updating our nation’s outdated infrastructure.

“But alone, this legislation will not significantly reduce emissions or address environmental injustice. The Senate and House must now pass a reconciliation package that includes transformative investments in climate, care, good jobs, and justice that can deliver a better future for all. Jewish Americans, alongside a multiracial, multigenerational, and multifaith coalition, will continue to push this country forward and ensure that Congress delivers on its promises. It is time for our leaders to act with the moral courage and clarity needed to meet this moment.”

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Dayenu Calls for Swift Passage of the full Build Back Better Agenda; Aggressive Executive Action

New York, NY – With President Biden announcing a negotiated Build Back Better framework, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action issued the following statement:

“After months of remarkable grassroots organizing to demand climate action, Congress today appears to be moving forward with the first substantive climate legislation in a generation. Today’s negotiated framework includes historic investments in clean energy, environmental justice, and good-paying jobs. This package should be passed at the same time as the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, in order to accelerate our transition to the clean energy future that we so desperately need. It is long past time that America confronted the climate crisis.

“But this framework falls short of the promises our leaders made. Politicians at the margins of the Democratic caucus, who do the bidding of fossil fuel corporations and other moneyed interests, eliminated a target to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035 along with needed expansions in access to education, affordable healthcare, and paid leave. Today we lift up the cardinal Jewish commandment: “Justice, justice you shall pursue.” We stand with every working family, every American striving for a fair shot, and the courageous activists who are building a more just and livable future for us all.

“As this framework moves forward, it is time for the Biden Administration to adopt aggressive executive actions to accelerate federal climate action. We call on the President to ban oil and gas extraction on public lands, cancel ongoing and future fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and introduce new regulations to rapidly cut transportation and electricity emissions. We will continue building a Jewish climate movement that confronts the crisis with spiritual audacity and builds political power to call for action at the scale that science and justice demand.”

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In Wake of Mounting Climate Disasters and the California Oil Spill, Dayenu Renews its Call for Congress to Act

“It is appalling that a few, isolated moderates in the Democratic caucus remain willing to threaten the hope of a just and livable planet for generations to come.”

New York, NY – As Congress sets a final deadline to pass a major reconciliation package supported by the overwhelming majority of the American public and the Democratic caucus, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action issued the following statement:

“After months of promises and activism, including unprecedented mobilization by the American Jewish community in support of a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill supporting climate, jobs, and justice, it is appalling that a few, isolated moderates in the Democratic caucus remain willing to threaten the hope of a just and livable planet for generations to come. Our leaders have promised, time and time again, that they will deliver historic investments in climate that meet the scale that science demands. Now, as negotiations reach their conclusion, they must follow through.

“Last week, we celebrated the holiday of Simchat Torah, when we finish the yearly cycle of reading the Torah and immediately begin again. Right now, Congress has the opportunity to initiate a new story – one in which we realize a future with good, green jobs, affordable and accessible clean energy, and environmental justice for all. Their actions can help uphold the fundamental Jewish value of living l’dor v’dor, from generation to generation.

“We applaud the Progressive Caucus for holding the line and demanding congressional leaders move the infrastructure and Build Back Better packages forward in tandem. After a summer of nonstop climate emergencies and last weekend’s devastating oil spill off the coast of California, it is time for Senators Manchin and Sinema, as well as the few Democratic holdouts in the House, to support the just, green future we need. Our country cannot afford to miss this opportunity.”

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Dayenu Renews Demand for Bold Climate Action as Budget Resolution Passes House

With a $3.5 trillion budget resolution passing the House today, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action issued the following statement:

“The passage of today’s $3.5 trillion budget resolution through the House marks a critical step forward on the road towards the bold climate action that most Americans support. Amid a summer of cascading weather emergencies and a UN report showing the ways in which we are perilously close to a point of no return, we call on Congress to pass a recovery package that addresses the dire threat we face and invests in bold climate solutions, jobs, care, and justice. A package that fails to include these investments will constitute a failure by our elected representatives to address the crisis at hand.

“As we approach Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, we enter a time of reflection and teshuvah, atonement and turning. It is painfully clear that we must turn away from fossil fuels and towards a livable, equitable future for all. And Congress must turn our country and economy toward a just and livable future by swiftly passing a recovery package that includes a pathway to 100% clean, pollution-free energy, targeted funding for communities impacted by environmental racism and injustice, and unprecedented investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. There is no more time to waste.

“To that end, Dayenu is mobilizing the American Jewish community to demand that their elected representatives meet the moment and go big on climate. With the Jewish new year approaching, Jews will gather to publicly sound the Shofar as part of Dayenu’s Hear the Call campaign, offering a clarion call to action for leaders to pass the climate investments we so desperately need.”

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Dayenu Renews Call for Bold Climate Action as Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement Heads Toward Passage

With a bipartisan infrastructure bill heading towards passage in the Senate, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action issued the following statement:

“Now is not the time for photo-ops and symbolic victories. We need our elected leaders to meet the moment and address the climate crisis, the existential threat of our lifetimes. We are facing a climate emergency that is accelerating before our very eyes: from wildfires in the West, extreme heat and deteriorating air quality across the country, historic flooding in the Midwest, and intensifying storms along the East Coast. During the Jewish month of Elul, we blow the shofar each day, stirring our souls in preparation for the High Holidays. In 5782, Congress must Hear the Call and take decisive action to pass an ambitious budget reconciliation bill with historic investments in and incentives for renewable energy, a Clean Energy Standard, and targeted funding for communities impacted by environmental racism and injustice. We cannot afford anything less. The time for Congress to act on climate is now.”

“While this infrastructure legislation will lead to long-overdue investments in our country’s drinking water systems, transportation, and communications, it falls short, delivering paltry investments at a time when bold action is critical. This bill entirely excludes critical investments in clean energy, energy-efficient housing, education, and care and it’s investments in electric vehicle infrastructure, electric school buses, and lead service line replacement are insufficient. In short: It does not deliver the transformative change we so desperately need if we are to build a just and sustainable future.”

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With Announcement of the American Families Plan, Dayenu Calls for Swift Congressional Action for a Just, Green Recovery

With President Biden proposing the American Families Plan during his Joint Address to Congress this evening, Dayenu issued the following statement from CEO and Founder, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn:

“President Biden’s address tonight demonstrated that his administration is pursuing a path toward economic recovery that addresses racial and economic inequality and confronts the clear and present danger of the climate crisis. As the coronavirus pandemic has made clear, healthcare, childcare, educational opportunities, and other social services are crucial for our families and our society. They enable people to join or return to the workforce without worrying about their own health and wellbeing or those of their loved ones at home. If we are to build a new, clean energy economy for all, we must ensure that nobody is left behind.

“Jewish tradition is clear: it is our obligation to protect the widow, the orphan, and the stranger, those who have been made most vulnerable. This certainly includes those who for too long have faced exclusion and discrimination. If we are to truly recover from the pandemic and address climate change, we will have to reimagine and rebuild our economy to include everyone.

“Together, the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan are crucial first steps to help ensure a society that is more equitable and sustainable, for generations to come. There is certainly much more to do, but it’s clear the President’s proposals align with the needs and concerns of Americans: that’s why 64% support the American Families Plan.

“A critical but often overlooked dimension of a just, green recovery is the care economy. We at Dayenu believe everyone should share in the benefits of a just and sustainable future – that means economic, gender, and racial justice must be at the core of climate solutions. President Biden’s proposal goes a long way towards making this vision a reality.

“We call on Congress to swiftly pass President Biden’s sweeping economic recovery proposals and deliver bold climate action at the scale that science and justice demand.”

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Dayenu Welcomes Biden’s Paris Agreement Pledge and Calls for Historic Action to Secure a Just and Livable Future

With President Biden’s announcement of the United States’ Nationally Determined Contribution, it’s commitment under the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, released the following statement from CEO and Founder, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn:

“After rejoining the Paris Agreement, President Biden’s announcement regarding the United States’ Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) is an important step to place our country on a path towards a just, sustainable future. The pledge reflects the urgent need to cut emissions to avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis. As the cost of clean energy continues to fall, wildfires, storms, flooding, droughts, and other extreme weather events have made clear the very high costs of inaction. It is critical that the NDC meet the scale that science and justice demands, with the US contributing its fair share to turning the tide of the crisis. Dayenu calls on the Administration and Congress to enact bold regulations and policies to meet and exceed today’s commitment

“These emission reduction targets are promises we make to the world, but we’ve made promises before, and broken them. In Judaism, words are significant and vows are sacred. Today, we must hold one another and our leaders to these commitments because it will take all of us to fulfill our communal vows and promises. As the largest historic greenhouse gas emitter, America has a responsibility to act decisively and quickly, given the urgency of the unfolding climate crisis. Today’s announcement represents an important step in taking such action.

“Dayenu will continue to demand ongoing action from the Administration and Congress to support the transition towards a sustainable and just future. Most immediately, we need a just, green recovery from the pandemic that supports clean energy, good paying jobs, equity, and justice. To that end, we urge swift passage of economic recovery and infrastructure legislation. This is a timely opportunity to provide critical investments in energy efficiency, clean energy, and transportation. Passing this legislation would demonstrate a commitment to reaching and raising the United States’ emissions pledge, and is just one of many ways Congress and the Administration can work to slash greenhouse gas emissions and rapidly transition to the clean energy future we need.

“It is time to make bold promises and keep them.”

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