National Council of Jewish Women Welcomes Bold Vision for an Economy that Supports Women, Children, and Families

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2021

Media Contact: Sarah Garfinkel, West End Strategy Team
sgarfinkel@westendstrategy.com; 202-765-4290

National Council of Jewish Women Welcomes Bold Vision for an Economy that Supports Women, Children, and Families

WASHINGTON – With the unveiling of the American Families Plan and President Joe Biden’s address to the nation this evening, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chief Executive Officer Sheila Katz released the following statement:

“National Council of Jewish Women welcomes President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and his newly announced American Families Plan proposing 1.8 trillion dollars to be invested in childcare, paid family leave, early childhood education, economic security for families, and other issues traditionally associated with women and marginalized people.

“The American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan are once-in-a-generation opportunities to rebuild our economy not just to where we were before the pandemic, but to a place where it is inclusive and responsive to the needs of everyone living in our country. Together they send a clear message that if we don’t take care of our families, America cannot get back to work.

“The funding priorities laid out in the president’s plan will save the childcare industry and more quickly reverse the challenging trend that more than one-third of parents, mostly women, have not returned to the workforce because of childcare needs. If adopted by Congress, this plan will also give parents and families the dignity they need to get by in such difficult times. It will make it easier for children to receive free meals in school and access early childhood education. It will ease the financial burden by giving parents extra dollars for each child they have. And it will require paid family leave for everyone in the United States using an expansive definition of family that includes chosen families, which is particularly important for the LGBTQ community. All of this will provide peace of mind for struggling families as we all continue to navigate the ongoing impact of Covid-19.

“And we know there is still more work to be done. NCJW will continue to work with Congress to draft and pass legislation that includes the priorities laid out in the president’s plan as well as further reforms, such as making permanent the expanded child tax credit, clear action to curb the ongoing maternal health crisis, and a path to citizenship for essential workers to ensure everyone has economic security and the power to shape the future for themselves.”

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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, 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 Hails Historic Confirmation of Vanita Gupta to the Department of Justice 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2021

Media Contact:
Sarah Garfinkel, West End Strategy Team
sgarfinkel@westendstrategy.com; 202-765-4290

NCJW Hails Historic Confirmation of Vanita Gupta to the Department of Justice 

WASHINGTON – Today, upon Senate confirmation of Vanita Gupta to serve as Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chief Executive Officer Sheila Katz released the following statement:

“National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is thrilled to welcome Vanita Gupta as a partner at the Department of Justice who will advance our mission to improve the lives of women, children, and families. In 1999, as a young lawyer, Vanita Gupta fought and won the freedom of nearly 40 wrongfully convicted people of color in the small town of Tulia, Texas. Now confirmed to serve as Associate Attorney General at the Department, she will fight for all of us.

“Making history as the first woman of color and civil rights attorney in the role, Gupta’s intersectional perspective and commitment to justice will ensure the Department’s civil justice, federal and local law enforcement, and public safety policies and programs better serve the people. Her experience and lifelong focus on equality will guide the Civil Rights Division, along with other influential agencies including the Office of Justice Programs, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Office on Violence Against Women, and related areas under her purview toward justice for communities most impacted.

“Vanita Gupta has worked her entire career for the rights and interests of those most vulnerable, and will bring a vital civil rights and racial justice focus to the work of the Justice Department at a critical moment for our country. As the president shared following the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin, we need Vanita Gupta’s leadership more urgently than ever.

“National Council of Jewish Women looks forward to continuing and deepening our relationship with Vanita Gupta to ensure everyone has access to justice.”

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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.

National Council of Jewish Women Respond to Guilty Verdict in Murder of George Floyd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT
Sarah Garfinkel, West End Strategy Team
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National Council of Jewish Women Respond to Guilty Verdict in Murder of George Floyd

WASHINGTON / MINNEAPOLIS – The National Council of Jewish Women and the National Council of Jewish Women-Minnesota released the following statements today in response to the guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd:

Beth Gendler, Executive Director of NCJW Minnesota:

“Yesterday’s verdict was a welcome relief to our community but does nothing to stem the grief we feel as Black lives in this country continue to be taken by police violence. George Floyd’s murderer faced accountability because of the bravery of those who witnessed his final moments, including Darnella Frazier who risked her safety to testify and help bring justice for his family.

“Even so, yesterday was another reminder that there will be no justice until Black Lives Matter as police in Ohio shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant, a teenage girl who had called on them for help. We grieve with all those in mourning and recommit to working toward a better future.”

Sheila Katz, CEO of The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW):

“George Floyd should be alive. We mourn as his family mourns, and support their efforts to find solace and accountability with this historic verdict.

“Jewish values have demanded, and continue to demand, that we fight for a world that honors the irrefutable preciousness of every human being, with just systems and structures to support that.

“NCJW has long been committed to the work of antiracism and, as ever, our work continues. The work of dismantling white supremacy is work that must happen every day. It must inform our priorities and coalitions, our relationships, and our personal choices.

“It is on each of us to do the work from our positions, roles, and perspectives, and for those of us with privilege in this conversation, to do so from a place of humility and solidarity.”

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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.

National Council of Jewish Women Mourns After Deadly Attack Targeting Asian Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2021
Media Contact:
Alyson Malinger, West End Strategy Team
amalinger@westendstrategy.com; 917-935-7311

WASHINGTON — In response to the shooting that left at least eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent, at spas in the Atlanta area on Tuesday,  National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement:

“We are horrified by the violence that took the lives of eight people last night, including six women of Asian descent. National Council of Jewish Women joins the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in its grief today and reaffirms our commitment to work together to create a world which values and protects all marginalized people.

“That last night’s horrific attack targeted women of color working low wage jobs is no coincidence and is the direct result of systemic racism and misogyny. Women of color are the most likely to suffer the consequences of racism, misogyny, and white supremacy and women are most at risk to become victims of deadly violence.

“This attack also comes as our country has experienced a horrific spike in anti-Asian hatred spurred on by leaders in our communities and elected officials who have employed racist rhetoric and scapegoating tactics in response to a deadly pandemic. Between March 2020 and February 2021, the Stop AAPI Hate National Project received 3,695 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents.

“Regardless of the motivation of the shooter, it is clear that the rise in extreme rhetoric and white supremacist violence has caused an unsafe environment for people of Asian descent in America and for women everywhere. It is on all of us to work together to dismantle the scourge of white supremacy, misogyny, and violence against marginalized people in our country. We stand together and in solidarity with all those impacted by the perpetuation of racial and gender-based violence.”

NCJW Atlanta Section President Sherry Frank added:

“While the investigation into these horrific attacks has just begun, our community is reeling from what is likely white supremacist and misogynist motivated violence against the Asian community in metro Atlanta. NCJW Atlanta offers our support and solidarity and will not hesitate to use our voices and actions to combat hate and violence wherever it occurs.”

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, NCJW 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 Passage of COVID-19 Relief 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2021

Media Contact:
Alyson Malinger, West End Strategy Team
amalinger@westendstrategy.com; 917-935-7311

National Council of Jewish Women Celebrates Passage of COVID-19 Relief

The American Rescue plan will increase funding for child care support, testing, vaccine distribution, and unemployment insurance, among other necessary pandemic assistance

WASHINGTON– Today the American Rescue Plan, which will bring much-needed health care and economic relief to communities across the United States, was passed by the House of Representatives and expected to be signed into law by President Biden on Friday. National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement:

“The American Rescue Plan is a much-needed step on the long road toward recovery. National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is grateful for the President’s robust response and the quick work of lawmakers to meet the urgent needs of our communities. As we approach one year of uncertainty throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, we are pleased about the stabilization and tangible support that comes from this plan.

“The pandemic has been financially devastating to women, and women of color in particular. Women disproportionately make up the frontline workers responding to COVID-19 and have a large role in supporting their families, yet more women have either lost their jobs due to COVID-19 or left their jobs during the pandemic — the latter due to a lack of child care

“Thanks to NCJW advocates and so many partners,  the American Rescue Plan provides $40 billion for the child care sector — added to the $10 billion already passed by Congress to shore up this desperately needed system. Childcare is essential care. Without it, there is no foundation for family security, or for the shaping of the next generation. Additionally, this critical funding will save hundreds of thousands of jobs and businesses (mostly for women and women-owned businesses), give families the support they need to return to work or school, and ensure that we will still have a child care system when the pandemic is over. Overall, this funding is estimated to slash poverty by a third this year and potentially cut child poverty in half.

“Multiple NCJW priorities to improve the lives of women, children, and families are covered as well such as $1400 stimulus payments to boost financial security (which includes 2.2 million US citizen and lawfully present children); aid to state and local governments to pay teachers, bus drivers, and other essential workers; nutrition assistance, a much-needed extension of Unemployment Insurance; crucial funding for COVID-19 testing, tracing, and vaccine distribution; and expanded subsidies to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. And, we defeated a Senate attempt to expand abortion coverage bans.

“Despite our best efforts, a $15 minimum wage increase — which would have given 32 million workers a raise and emergency paid leave  —  is not in the final package. Both policies are critical to helping women, and mostly women of color, who are the majority of low-wage and tipped workers without a single paid sick day, obtain a solid foundation for personal financial stability.

“While the virus doesn’t discriminate, its impact amplifies centuries of discrimination. NCJW will remain committed to our values of equity and justice and continue  working with Congress to secure these advancements to help the most vulnerable populations.”

To speak with Sheila Katz about the work NCJW is doing around the country to protect the vulnerable and lift up the voices of women, children, and families, please contact Alyson Malinger, amalinger@westendstrategy.com; 917-935-7311.

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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.

 

National Council of Jewish Women Welcomes Creation of  New White House Council on Gender Policy

For Immediate Release

March 8, 2021

Media Contact

Alyson Malinger, West End Strategy Team
amalinger@westendstrategy.com; 917-935-7311

WASHINGTON – National Council of Jewish Women CEO Sheila Katz released the following statement in response to the executive order signed by the Biden administration installing a White House Council on Gender Policy:

“This executive order comes after months of conversation, planning, advice, and counsel from a number of feminist organizations representing a diverse range of voices, including National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). We’re thrilled that the administration understands that thinking about women when designing policy isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. Centering women and the needs of families leads to better outcomes for everybody.

“The newly formed Council on Gender Policy will promote intersectionality and center the needs of women and girls from all backgrounds, particularly Black, Indigenous, LGTBQ+, immigrants, and those with disabilities in federal policy — groups that have historically been marginalized and excluded from decision making. As the Council focuses on pursuing gender equity and equality in the United States and around the globe, National Council of Jewish Women advocates will continue to lift up and support the most vulnerable women, children, and families and advocate for policies that help make this a reality alongside the Council and partner organizations.

“NCJW is proud to be part of this effort and we look forward to working closely with co-chairs Jennifer Klein, Chief Strategy and Policy Officer of Time’s Up, and Julissa Reynoso, Dr. Jill Biden’s Chief of Staff, to promote gender equity and equality and make our institutions and communities safer places for all. Both Klein and Reynoso have been champions for gender justice throughout their careers; Klein served as a Deputy and Senior Advisor in the Office of Global Women’s Issues within the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of State focusing on the advancement of women and girls and Reynoso served as U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere in the U.S. Department of State.”

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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.