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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases that will decide whether private employers can deny coverage of contraception in their health plans based on personal religious beliefs. A bill has been introduced in the Senate (similar to one already passed by the House) that bans abortion at the arbitrary gestational limit of 20 weeks. We have our work cut out for us in 2014, and we can't move forward without your help.
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"On November 1, 48 million Americans lost either all or some of the federal food assistance provided to them by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps and now called SNAP. It is not as if those benefits were generous. The average amount per person has been $133.40 per month, $30.78 per week, or $4.45 per day, boosted to that level in 2009 by extra funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, aka the stimulus bill. That “boost” ended November 1 and benefits were lowered by an average of $11 per person per month, to a per meal allowance of $1.36. We challenge anyone reading this to try to exist on a meal allowance of a little over one dollar per meal."
Read more by NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman in The Washington Post.
NCJW joins the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, the leading champion for freedom and human dignity in our time. We send condolences to his family and loved ones and to the people of South Africa, including our sister organization, the Union of Jewish Women of South Africa, as they grieve and celebrate this remarkable man.
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How can we call for more women to represent us if we don't even know who is already sitting there? ...
Transparency is the first step toward implementing 1325. Yes, we want more women: We want a diverse group of women who come to the table as women with experience, knowledge and a commitment to ending the conflict so that all sides, particularly women, are no longer victims of war.
But first, we need to know if there are any women at all.
Read more from Shari Eshet, NCJW Israel Office Director, at the Huffington Post.
"In my book, Nelson Mandela was a modern-day Judah Maccabee – a freedom fighter who led the struggle to overthrow the oppressive tyranny of apartheid. This decades-long struggle resulted in the rededication of the nation of South Africa as a non-racial democracy in 1994. And like the oil that kept miraculously burning, Nelson Mandela who was engaged in a cause for which he was prepared to die, survived the constant threat of assassination and execution and 27 years in prison to the age of 95.”
Read the full blog post in Zeek Magazine from NCJW Director of Washington Operations Sammie Moshenberg.