Montclair Faith-based Climate Activists to Demand White House End Fossil Fuel Projects

Montclair, NJ – Climate justice activists and clergy at Bnai Keshet in Montclair will join representatives of impacted Indigenous, Brown, Black, and low-income communities living on the frontlines of the climate emergency on Oct. 11-12 at the White House to demand President Biden end all fossil fuel projects.

Bnai Keshet Senior Rabbi Elliott Tepperman, Tikkun Olam leader Jessica Brater and lay leader Stephanie Greenwood invite others in the community to stand with frontline communities and future generations and join them in peaceful direct action and and risk arrest in Washington DC, October 11-12, in an effort to get President Biden to sign an executive order ending all fossil fuel projects. Nonviolent civil disobedience is a time-tested tactic for social change in defining moments, from the suffragettes to the Civil Rights movement.

There also will be opportunities to participate in non-arrest riles on Oct. 12. For more information, contact either Stephanie Greenwood at or Jessica Brater at

“We are invited to this action by an indigenous-led coalition of frontline communities from around the country working to stop the climate catastrophe,” Rabbi Elliott said. “They have come together to challenge the fossil fuel industry at the national level, recognizing that victory over any one project is not enough. To reach safety, we need to stop them all. The coalition is calling for people of faith to join them October 11th – 15 in advance of the UN Climate Summit.

“To participate you need to come to training in DC Monday evening 10/11. They are planning for the arrests to result in a $50 fine and release that day, likely with outdoor processing. We are also looking for people willing to be there to support the minyan without risking arrest”.

Read more about the action in Washington here.

As a follow up to the DC action, Bnai Keshet climate activists are planning an interfaith Essex County action for November, which will happen in conjunction with our Climate Justice Shabbat on 11/20.

To learn more about Bnai Keshet’s climate actions visit or call 973-746-4889.

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