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The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Today was political action day in the Amir project garden at Camp
Sprout Lake. Over 100 letters were written to the senators of New
York, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island
tackling issues of litter, climate change, rainforest preservation,
safe water and hydrofracking. As the eleven and twelve year olds were
busy listening to protest music while trying to convince their
parents’ elected officials that those in generations to come must be
given a voice, the voice of a prophet came over the speakers. He sang,
“Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call, don't stand in the
doorway, don't block up the hall, for he that gets hurt, will be he
who has stalled, there's a battle outside ragin', it'll soon shake
your windows, and rattle your walls, for the times they are
a-changin'”. Bob Dylan released this song 47 years ago in 1964, yet
the words still ring true today. We were promised a revolution, but
this promise was not realized. Today in our camp garden, we began our
wave of a revolution to ensure a better tomorrow. Ours is not a
grassroots revolution, rather, it is one of vegetable and plant roots.

As the words of this great American poet rang out, I began thinking
about the leaders, prophets and revolutionaries of my generation. I
looked to the campers, fawning over the newly budded baby watermelon,
those showing off the flowers they planted, and those spending real
time and effort into their letters. In today’s community and teaching
gardens, we are growing much more than food. We are growing tomorrow’s
teacher, poets, Rabbis and leaders. We must take the time to water
them with truth and to feed them with open minds and pure hearts. Most
importantly, we must nurture them with the knowledge that they truly
can make a change, that they can help the world.

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Jesse is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland where he studied environmental politics and rhetoric. He has interned with AJWS, Uri L’Tzedek and Repair the World. Jesse now works for AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. Jesse is active with Jews United for Justice, J Street, the Jewish environmental movement, and homeless advocacy. In his free time, Jesse can be found playing music, gardening, or cooking.
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