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Unity for Justice is a world-wide project, initiated to facilitate the liberation of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin from prison. Sholom Mordechai ran the Iowa-based Agriprocessors kosher meat factory until it was closed down by federal authorities in 2008. Subsequently, Rubashkin was arrested for defrauding a bank in order to maintain a line of credit to keep the family business afloat. Unlike others charged with similar crimes, Sholom Mordechai was not granted bail during his trial, was kept in solitary confinement for days, was denied kosher food and access to religious items for significant periods of time. In addition, the banks he defrauded had no complaint against him, because he made payments on time. The only crime was allegedly falsifying business information in order to acquire the loans.
Despite his alleged wrongdoings, Rubashkin is clearly not a threat to society, yet he has been treated like a violent criminal. In June 2010, Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin was sentenced to 27 years imprisonment.
It is to this injustice that the wider Jewish community, and much of general America, has reacted so strongly. The American public expects its judicial system to be just and non-discriminatory. Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s sentence is far harsher than his crime, and Judge Linda Reade’s decision disappointed many Americans’ faith in their legal system.
The Rubashkin case has resulted in solidarity evenings, prayer gatherings and generous contributions to Sholom Mordechai’s defense team. The injustice has bolstered widespread unity among people from all walks of life. Why has this case touched so many hearts across the world?
Participants: (In order of appearance)
Ken Burges, Dovid Gabay, Mendy Werdyger, Beri weber, Yeedle, Yossi Green, Yehudah Green, MBD, Benny Friedman, Aaron Razel, Lipa, Boruch Levine, Michoel Schnitzler, Shloime Taussig, Mendy Werzberger, Sruly Werdyger, Bentzi Marcus, Yossi Goldstein, Avi and Yossi Piamenta, Dovid Dachs, Shloime Gertner, Avrohom Fried, Yaakov Shwekey, Sparks Choir,Y-love, Yanky Lemmer, Gad Elbaz, Shloime Dachs, Ohad, Shira Choir, Describe, Yoni Zigelboum, Yitzchak Fuchs, Moshe Kravitsky, Avi Begun, Rivi Schwebel, Ari Klein, Shua Kessin, Dovid Stein, Michoel Pruzansky, C Lanzbom.
Written by MBD and Shea Mendelowitz
Additional lyrics by MBD and Moshe Kravitsky
Like angels in the sky
In a garden full of glory
The galaxy so brilliantly related
On that first page of our story
‘Till the time our parents were created
Envious brother Cain
Threw a blow so mad and chilling
Tragically he never did recover
It’s really so insane
All our selfishness, that’s killing
That stranger who’s our sister and our brother
So listen brother, listen friend
Just a little smile, a helping hand
And we all will find a loving kind humanity
We must teach our children to
Treat your fellow friends like they were you
And then we all find some peace of mind and unity
Eagle soaring by
could you lift him up with you now
and fly him home w justice pride and freedom
His eyes are gazing wide
From behind the bars he prays now
With faith with joy, oh how we wait to greet him
Ages rushing by
Writing chapters full of sorrow
Webs of self destruction, we are weaving
Because if we don’t even try
There’s no hope for our tomorrow
So what’s it all worth if we are not achieving?
Yes one thing makes me smile
I can feel that happy ending
As justice will prevail, so delighted
And in just a little while
He will join in freedom singing
With peace and love across a world united
A humble philanthropist and father of ten, Sholom Mordechai could have built himself an estate, taken extravagant vacations and bought his children all the latest trends and gadgets. Instead, he chose to support struggling institutions and individuals, fund a soup kitchen and open his home to those in need.
Sholom Mordechai is a righteous man who made a mistake, and that is something everyone can relate to. Sholom Mordechai must pay a price for his mistake, but 27 years incarceration, a virtual life sentence for the 51 year old man, is excessive and unfair for a case where no one was hurt, and no one is in danger. The courts need to take into consideration the life that Sholom Mordechai lead, his legendary kindness and generosity, his wife and ten children who need their husband and father at home, and others who did the same bank defrauding and were sentenced to only a few months in prison.
Unity for Justice has united over 30 Jewish musicians in a single musical production to promote universal unity amongst Jewish and secular communities, in the hope and belief that unity and togetherness will raise public awareness for Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s case, and increase donations to help fund his legal team, who are now working to appeal Judge Linda Reade’s ruling.