Mourning & Solidarity at Washington March

At the Poor People’s Campaign March in Washington, NCJW CEO Sheila Katz joined Anila Ali, CEO of the American Muslim & Multifaith Women’s Empowerment Council, for an important moment of mourning and joint solidarity.

On June 29, 2024, our U.S. affiliate, the National Council of Jewish Women, was an anchor partner of a moral march on Washington with the Poor People’s Campaign.

In Sheila’s first speech, she addressed the moral mandate of the Jewish people to fight against the injustice of poverty and build a better world. In her second speech, she stood arm-in-arm with Anila Ali to address the crisis in Israel and Gaza.

National Council of Jewish Women CEO Sheila Katz and the Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington D.C. & to the Polls

Anila, who leads a Muslim Women’s organization, spoke about the atrocities of October 7th and mourned the Israeli lives lost to Hamas. Sheila mourned every Palestinian civilian, including the thousands of children killed in Gaza. We emphasized the commonality in Muslim and Jewish traditions that value life equally and shared our dream for peace and for children to thrive with their neighbors.

Religious leaders also discussed other global conflicts in Yemen, Sudan, Congo, Somalia, and losses due to poverty in the United States. They mourned, prayed, and sang together.

Sheila Katz said: “This powerful moment demonstrated how to hold and address the immense pain many are feeling simultaneously. It showed that we can discuss the Middle East crisis without harmful chants or isolating Jews, Muslims, Arabs, Israelis, or Palestinians. It exemplified addressing this moral moment in a unifying way. I am forever grateful to Bishop Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis for their friendship, moral clarity, and commitment to building bridges while dismantling systems of oppression. Forward together!”

Watch the video and read the speech transcripts here: