Waskow arrested at poverty prayer on Hill

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Rabbi Arthur Waskow was arrested at a prayer protest in the U.S. Capitol to bring attention to proposed budget cuts to programs for the poor.

Waskow was one of nine clergy who was arrested after refusing police orders to move while praying in the U.S. Capitol.

The clergy members called on Congress not to cut programs assisting the needy in talks aimed at passing a budget ahead of the Aug. 2  deadline to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.

Waskow, a Renewal rabbi, heads the Shalom Center in Philadelphia and has been arrested multiple times in Washington at anti-war and social action protests.

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