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"This week, Jews across the globe are celebrating the holiday of Passover. As we gathered with friends and family around the seder table, we recalled the bitterness of our slavery in Egypt and celebrated our liberation and subsequent freedom. But, through the retelling of our history as slaves, we are also compelled to remember that slavery still exists in our midst."
Read more by NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman in
The Huffington Post.
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.
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.
"I was awake before the sun came up to take a five-hour bus ride to Washington, DC, for the Rally for Birth Control Access. That same day the Supreme Court heard two cases dealing with religious objections to covering certain types of birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I felt that it was my duty to stand up for my beliefs at the rally – not only as a supporter of access to healthcare for all and a supporter of reproductive justice, but especially as a Jew."
Read more from Rebecca Krevat, NCJW field outreach associate, on the NCJW Insider blog.