Jewish progressive org invokes Freedom Summer murders to protest Trump


The heat wave had broken by the time Pastor Cue Jn-marie stood up June 21 at the auditorium of Pan Pacific Park in the Fairfax District before a mostly-Jewish audience of about 40. But as he spoke, his anger seemed to boil over.

The Skid Row pastor delivered a fiery speech at the death anniversary, or yarzheit, of three civil rights activists, two Jews and an African American, who were abducted and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964 while organizing for the Congress of Racial Equality.

“The blood of Martin Luther King cries to god,” Jn-Marie intoned, more slam poet than pulpit priest. “The blood of [Andrew] Goodman, [Mickey] Schwerner and [James Earl] Chaney still cries to god today.”