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States, cities, and counties are voting to raise the minimum wage – they understand that families cannot make ends meet on poverty wages. Now, Congress must act. If the federal minimum wage had kept pace with inflation over the past 40 years, it would be $10.74 -- not the current $7.25.
Soon, the Senate will vote on The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, a bill to help restore much of the lost value of the federal minimum wage, providing America’s lowest-paid workers with an urgently needed raise while boosting the consumer spending that fuels our economy.
Tell the Senate: Raise the Wage!
"I have seen the photo of President Kennedy signing the Equal Pay Act of 1963, surrounded by women leaders, many times during my years at NCJW. After all, NCJW’s President Pearl Willen stood behind him no doubt feeling the excitement of the moment and pride in the fact that NCJW had earned its place at the President’s side that historic day.
"That’s a bit how I felt this morning at the White House as I stood with a group of women leaders from partner organizations, beaming behind President Obama as he signed two Executive Orders advancing the cause of equal pay for equal work."
Read more from Sammie Moshenberg, director of Washington operations on the NCJW Insider blog.
"Does a corporation have the right to practice a religion? Does a woman have a right to accessible, basic health benefits if her boss objects on religious grounds? Those are among the questions raised in two similar cases to be heard by the Supreme Court on March 25 – Hobby Lobby v. Sibelius and Conestoga Woods v. Sebelius. Much attention has been paid in the media to what the employer’s rights are – the rights of women employees or of any workers with female dependents – not so much."
Read more by NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman in
The Times of Israel.
Despite great improvements in policies and enforcement, Israel still faces a problem with sex trafficking just as our own country does. Currently there are an estimated 15,000 prostituted persons in Israel, including 5,000 children. The Knesset is considering an important bill, based on the Nordic model which has been successful in drastically reducing sex trafficking in many other countries. The Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, can be an effective leader on securing passage of the Prohibition of Prostitution Services and Community Treatment Bill.
As we make ready to mark the holiday of liberation from slavery, contact Minister Livnito urge her to be a champion for passing legislation to reduce modern-day slavery – sex trafficking.
"March 22 marked the one-year anniversary (in the secular calendar) of the passing of our dear friend and NCJW colleague Elissa Froman. Elissa was a JUFJ volunteer and honoree, and for her all too short career, skillfully managed NCJW’s civil and labor rights portfolio. Her 29 years touched and inspired me and thousands who now also share her commitment to justice and action, within and beyond the NCJW community."
Read more from Lindsay Morris, NCJW grassroots associate, on the NCJW Insider blog.