Unprecedented Campaign for Rubashkin
A huge campaign is brewing, which will bring awareness about the Sholom Rubashkin case to communities all over America.
Advocates for the release of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin will be ramping up their efforts in the coming week. Harnessing the grassroots support for the imprisoned father of ten, organizers will be unrolling the Sholom Across America campaign, beginning on Monday May 23rd. The campaign to raise awareness will start in Crown Heights, and aims to eventually visit 16 major Jewish communities across the United States and Canada.
On June 15th, lawyers for Rubashkin will present oral arguments in front of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Rubashkin has been jailed for the last year and a half while awaiting appeal. The unusual circumstance—those convicted of white-collar crimes are not commonly imprisoned while awaiting appeal—has been called into question by numerous members of Congress. Most recently, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee questioned US Attorney General Eric Holder at a hearing on Capitol Hill.
The need for funding has grown immensely. Beginning today, organizers of Sholom Across America hope to solicit small donations from across the spectrum of the community. The initiative has received initial funding from many Crown Heights businesses, who now prominently display Sholom Across America placards. If 2500 families in Crown Heights can contribute an average of $36, some $90,000 will be raised from that neighborhood alone.
Over the next week volunteers for Sholom Across America will be knocking on doors and distributing educational CDs explaining the details of the case, and asking people to get involved. Community members will also have the opportunity to follow the campaign on SholomAcrossAmerica.com, as it winds its way through Crown Heights, viewing pictures and videos posted by the volunteers. The Crown Heights community campaign is particularly important, as it will serve as an example and test model for other Jewish communities.
Meir Simcha Rubashkin, who is organizing the campaign together with many friends and classmates, stressed the power of any donation, however large or small.
“The response until now has been amazing,” explained Rubashkin. “Volunteers will be knocking on your door, and we are really hoping that you continue to open your hearts and wallets generously, and make Sholom Across America a huge success.”
For more on the Rubashkin case, log onto JusticeForSholom.com.