March On for Voting Rights
At National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), we know that our vote is our voice. Since our founding, we have worked to expand and protect our sacred right to vote. But since the 2020 election, states have passed more than 30 laws making it harder to vote. This cannot stand!
On August 28, the 58th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic March on Washington, NCJW is joining March On, SEUI, National Action Network, and the Drum Major Institute for national action: March On for Voting Rights. We’ll gather in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and Phoenix — and other cities across the country — to demand that elected officials denounce voter suppression and ensure fair, easy access to the vote for all.
- National Stream: Starting at 11 am ET, March On for Voting Rights will host a national live stream which will be available on marchonforvotingrights.org, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
- D.C. Stream: The March On for Washington and Voting Rights live stream will be live starting at 9 am ET. The live stream will be available for viewing on the National Action Network website and the National Action Network Facebook page. Partners are encouraged to share the livestream once it’s live.
Want to get involved? Here’s how:
- Sign up here to get information about a march near you
- Print a sign to bring to your local event.
- Post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram through the end of August using content from the March On toolkit
- Recruit your family, friends, and Section members (if applicable) to join you by copying and pasting this text:
As an advocate with National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), I’m attending an event called March On for Voting Rights, a mass mobilization to demand that elected officials denounce voter suppression and ensure fair, easy access to the vote for all. On August 28, the 58th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic March on Washington, we will march on cities across America to demand that the vision of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech be deferred no longer. Marches will take place in states where voter suppression efforts are already imperiling our democracy: Atlanta, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; Houston, Texas; in Washington, D.C.; and across the country. Can you join me? Click here for details and to RSVP: https://marchonforvotingrights.org/?source=ncjw-inc-&referrer=group-ncjw-inc
- Marches and rallies on August 28 will be live-streamed – stay tuned for more details.
Connect voting rights to your Jewish practice
Use the following resources as you march, in your Section bulletins, and in your ongoing voting rights work.
Rabbi Laura Novak Winer created a prayer for voting:
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, shemeyzpeh me’itanu l’asok b’avodat exrachut ha-medina
Blessed are we who engage as citizens, upholding our values of freedom and justice and exercising our power to choose our leaders.
NCJW’s Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, created a resource about the connection between Judaism and Voting.
In addition to participating in the March On for Voting Rights, take action with NCJW to strengthen and protect the right to vote:
- The For the People Act (S1) would strengthen and restore voting rights, offer new protections for voters, end the dominance of big money in politics, and implement anti-corruption, pro-ethics measures to clean up government. Tell your senators that the only way to combat voter suppression laws in the states is to pass this bill.
- The more than 700,000 taxpaying residents of Washington, DC, do not have representation in Congress. Given that the DC population is majority people of color, this is an issue of racial justice. Tell your senators to pass S 51, granting statehood and voting representation in Congress to the District of Columbia.
- National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy, is on September 28. Join NCJW as a partner in registering people to vote!