Freedom to Vote Act a Transformative Bill 

National Council of Jewish Women
2055 L Street, NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20036 

 

WASHINGTON – Today, Senators Amy Klobuchar, Tim Kaine, Angus King, Joe Manchin, Jeff Merkley, Alex Padilla, Jon Tester, and Raphael Warnock introduced the Freedom to Vote Act, the next step toward realizing the promise of democracy for all. National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan released the following statement: 

 

“National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) advocates have worked for more than 125 years to expand and protect the right to vote. Today’s introduction of the Freedom to Vote Act is the next chapter in this work. We welcome this transformational legislation, which would make it easier to cast a ballot and counter state voter suppression laws.  

 

“Our democracy is strongest when it reflects the diversity of its people. We look forward to working with lawmakers to ensure that the Freedom to Vote Act is as strong as possible so all our voices can be heard.” 

 

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, education, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW. 

 

John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act Will Protect Right to Vote in Crucial Moment

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August 24, 2021

 

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John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act Will Protect Right to Vote in Crucial Moment
National Council of Jewish Women celebrates the House of Representatives passage of monumental voting rights legislation; calls on Senate to take action

WASHINGTON — Today, the House of Representatives passed the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore and strengthen our freedom to vote. In response, National Council of Jewish Women CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement:

“Today, the House of Representatives took an important step to combat voter suppression and restore the Voting Rights Act to its former strength. The Supreme Court has gutted the Voting Rights Act over the past decade, and as a result, states across the country have passed dozens of laws making it more difficult to vote, particularly for communities of color, minority-language speakers, low-income voters, elderly and young voters, women, transgender individuals, and voters with disabilities.

“Laws making it harder to vote most harm those who are already vulnerable, the very people our Jewish tradition teaches us we must support. The right to vote is fundamental to all other rights. Without access to the ballot, we can’t elect lawmakers who represent our communities and our needs. Access to abortion, citizenship for Dreamers, LGBTQ equality, sensible gun laws — all are beyond our reach if we do not have the right to vote.

“Our vote is our voice, and as we celebrate the House of Representatives vote, we call on the Senate to take up the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in order to protect the rights of all voters and ensure the voices of every American are heard.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

NCJW Celebrates a Budget that Works for Families

National Council of Jewish Women
2055 L Street, NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20036

NCJW Celebrates a Budget That Works for Families

WASHINGTON – Yesterday’s release of the FY 2022 Budget Resolution is an exciting step forward to rebuilding an economy that works for women and families. National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan released the following statement:

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a disproportionate and devastating impact on women and families, and in particular, women of color. That’s why National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is so pleased to see many of our priorities reflected in today’s FY 2022 Budget Resolution’s reconciliation instructions, including expanding health care, implementing paid leave, fighting child poverty, investing in education, and creating a path to citizenship for millions of immigrant youth, people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), farmworkers, and essential workers. When passed, these measures will help women, and women of color, return to the workforce and lift families out of poverty.

“The road to passage of this essential recovery bill is long, but we will advocate every step of the way for the policies to rebuild our communities, address longstanding inequities in our systems, and improve the lives of women, children, and families.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, education, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

 

NCJW Condemns Court’s Decision to Partially End DACA

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2055 L Street, NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20036

 

NCJW Condemns Court’s Decision to Partially End DACA

July 19, 2021, Washington, DC – National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) condemns the ruling on July 16 partially ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. NCJW Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan released the following statement:

“Friday’s decision to partially end DACA is a cruel attack on immigrant youth and their families. Judge Hanen of the Southern District of Texas ruled that no new DACA applications can be granted, though current DACA recipients can still apply for renewals.

“For many DACA recipients, the United States is the only home they have ever known. They own houses and businesses, attend school, worship in our congregations, and are vital to the economic strength of our nation. This ruling is further evidence that temporary protections leave people vulnerable. The only thing that can protect DACA recipients and other temporarily protected immigrants — other immigrant youth, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, farmworkers, and essential workers — is a pathway to citizenship.

“The Torah teaches us to welcome the stranger, for once we were strangers in the land of Egypt. Securing permanent protections for undocumented immigrants is not simply an issue of politics, but one of morality. NCJW will not stop working for immigrant youth, and we urge Congress to pass a recovery package that includes a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and other immigrants.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

National Council of Jewish Women Celebrates Confirmation of Candace Jackson-Akiwumi

National Council of Jewish Women
2055 L Street, NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20036

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June 24, 2021

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WASHINGTON-National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan issued the following statement today upon Senate confirmation of Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit:

“The Senate just confirmed another outstanding woman to the federal bench: Candace Jackson-Akiwumi. As an organization committed to safeguarding individual rights and freedoms, National Council of Jewish Women knows that Jackson-Akiwumi shares the same commitment. Throughout her career, she has worked to improve the lives of the most vulnerable, serving as a public defender for ten years in Chicago, where she argued cases related to immigration, sentencing, and unreasonable searches and seizures.

“With today’s vote, the Senate also de-segregated the Seventh Circuit: Candace Jackson-Akiwumi will be the only Black woman on the court, which presides over 7.5 million people of color throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Creating a fairer federal judiciary requires judges who have insight into the way a significant part of the population experiences the courts. From her background to her track record of ensuring equal access to justice, the federal bench will be stronger with Candace Jackson-Akiwumi serving on it.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 180,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

Black Reproductive Justice Policy Agenda Offers Important Policy Solutions to Address Intersectional Issues of Reproductive Health

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June 16, 2021

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National Council of Jewish Women supports the more than 30 Black women’s organizations that helped produce this agenda that, if enacted, would ensure equitable access to health care for all

WASHINGTON — Following the launch of the Black Reproductive Justice Policy Agenda by 30 Black women’s organizations and activists, National Council of Jewish Women CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement congratulating them on the launch and committing to continue to follow their lead to ensure equitable access to health care for all.

“National Council of Jewish Women congratulates our partners at In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, Interfaith Voices for Reproductive Justice and SisterLove, Inc. on the launch of their new Black Reproductive Justice Policy Agenda in collaboration with more than 30 Black women’s organizations and Reproductive Justice activists.

“The fundamental right to make decisions about one’s own body, life, and future is essential to the pursuit of racial and reproductive justice. The new policy agenda provides pathways to do just that. Black women are disproportionately harmed by restrictions on access to reproductive healthcare. The policy agenda presents proactive solutions that address the lived experiences of Black women, femmes, girls, and gender-expansive individuals in the United States – the first time a document of this kind has ever been produced. It is essential work, and ought to be utilized by historically white reproductive rights organizations, along with Congress and the White House.

“At National Council of Jewish Women, we know that our fight for racial, reproductive, and economic justice, with our 200,000 advocates across the country, must always be intersectional. As a historically white organization that has fought for reproductive access for decades, National Council of Jewish Women commits to following the lead of our Black and BIPOC partners and advocates. We will ensure that our ongoing advocacy for reproductive justice aligns with this bold policy agenda so that one day everyone has the right to decide for themself if, when, and how to have and raise our families.”

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.