The National Council of Jewish Women Celebrates Supreme Court Title VII Decision on LGBTQ Rights

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June 15, 2020

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The National Council of Jewish Women Celebrates Supreme Court Title VII Decision on LGBTQ Rights

WASHINGTON – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, which unequivocally states “an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII.” Sheila Katz, CEO of NCJW, responded with the following:

“As we celebrate Pride Month and continue the ongoing battle for LGBTQ justice, we mark today as an important moment for equality. In Judaism, we believe in B’tzelem Elohim, that we are all made in the image of the divine — we all have inherent dignity and worth. Today’s historic ruling reflects this value by confirming that LGBTQ people are protected from employment discrimination under federal law.

“We must remember that today’s victory is thanks to the bravery and perseverance of transgender individuals including ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio, who argued the case, and Aimee Stephens, who brought the suit after she was discriminated against at work. While Stephens is not alive today to see this win, her memory will be uplifted with the generations of queer and trans-Americans who will be protected under law. 

“As joyous as today’s decision is, our work is not over. It is critical that Congress fully protect people based on sexual orientation and gender identity by passing the Equality Act (HR 5). We must also remember that to achieve full equality, we must continue to uplift the voices of Black LGBTQ individuals and work to dismantle systemic racism, whose pernicious grip on our nation harms LGBTQ individuals, Black people, and ultimately all of us. Our liberation is bound together and our pursuit of equality is far from done.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 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. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

 

The National Council of Jewish Women Voices Outrage and Demands Action Over George Floyd’s Murder

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May 30, 2020 

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The National Council of Jewish Women Voices Outrage and Demands Action Over George Floyd’s Murder

WASHINGTON / MINNEAPOLISThe National Council of Jewish Women and the National Council of Jewish Women-Minnesota released the following statements today in response to the murder of Minnesotan George Floyd:

Beth Gendler, Executive Director of NCJW Minnesota:

“As a Minnesotan, I am grieving today. I am appalled that George Floyd is dead. I am shaken to know that this kind of crime happens nearly every day nationwide.  I am thinking of the millions of Black and Brown families across America who yet again have to explain to their children why George Floyd was killed, why his words of ‘I can’t breathe’ were simply ignored. And we are horrified that organized white supremacists are preying on our grief to incite violence and wreak havoc in our communities.

“What happened on Monday in my state is a microcosm of communities all over the country right now, from Atlanta to Louisville to Tallahassee. No parent should have to worry about the safety of their child when they leave home to go to school, to pick up groceries, to get gas to drive, to live, to work, and to be Black in America. I continue to be outraged that this is still the case today. Affirming dignity, sanctity and fairness for all of humanity is at the core of our Jewish faith. It is imperative that we ensure that all of us, particularly those most impacted by hatred and violence, are protected and cared for equally.” 

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

“We will not remain silent. As a national organization made up of over 100,000 advocates in communities around the country — including Minnesota — we are outraged and devastated by the murder of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd was murdered by multiple police officers who held him down with their knees, however, the underlying cause of his death is systemic racism. It is both unacceptable and exhausting that in 2020, we still need to insist over and over again: Black Lives Matter. 

“The arrest of one involved officer on third-degree murder charges is a necessary step towards accountability for George Floyd’s death, but ultimately all officers who were present and did nothing to intervene must be brought to justice. And Minnesota officials must do a full investigation into police brutality and racism in their state and must commit to changes that confront these cycles of violence.

“Mr. Floyd’s family has shared a hope for justice that includes systematic changes to prevent such atrocities from happening again. We share this hope and recommit as an organization to ending the hate-filled and senseless violence that has taken the beautiful souls of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless others. Through legislative reform, local activism, and by educating NCJW advocates, we will make sure each individual we engage helps end the toxic culture of racism that permeates our country. 

“For now, it is important to support Black and Brown communities and the leaders spearheading the peaceful, anti-racist responses unfolding. Together, we will make sure the memory of George Floyd will be for a blessing.”

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The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 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 by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

National Council of Jewish Women Statement on New Title IX Rule

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May 7, 2020

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National Council of Jewish Women Statement on New Title IX Rule

This week, the Department of Education released a new Title IX rule that will go into effect August 14 governing schools’ responses to sexual assault and harassment. National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) opposed the rule when proposed, as it rolls back protections for survivors by significantly narrowing the definition of sexual harassment and limiting the cases for which schools are responsible.

NCJW CEO Sheila Katz released the following statement:

“This new Title IX rule shows a shocking disregard for survivors of sexual violence and will serve neither victims nor the schools they attend, functioning rather to shield perpetrators and render America’s campuses less safe for anyone spending any time on them. Having worked with hundreds of college student survivors, I can say, without hesitation, that these changes take America, its college campuses, and its students backward, tilting the scales away from those most in need of justice.

“The requirement that schools allow direct cross-examination of victims will have an immediate silencing effect, as victims understand that coming forward will inevitably give assailants and harassers an opportunity to violate them a second time. The new, narrower definition of sexual harassment and assault and revised standard of evidence guidelines will not protect vulnerable students but will instead provide comfort and cover to those who seek to harass and assault.

“Every student has the right to live free of violence. Jewish history and the teachings of our tradition call on us to bear witness, to speak up, and to stand up on behalf of all those who are vulnerable. Our Torah instructs us not to stand by while our neighbors are harmed. And our people’s experiences of suffering call on us to lead toward a society in which all of us use our power responsibly.

“NCJW will always stand with and believe survivors. Despite this setback, we will continue to work with Congress to advance policies that ensure equal access to education for all students, including those who experience sexual harassment and assault.”

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About the National Council of Jewish Women
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 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 by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Learn more at ncjw.org.

1,500+ Jewish Advocates Demand Expanded Access to Nutrition Assistance

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1,500+ Jewish Advocates Demand Expanded Access to Nutrition Assistance

National Council of Jewish Women and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger spearhead effort to increase and expand access to nutrition

WASHINGTON – More than 1,500 individuals representing 48 states and U.S. territories have signed a petition urging policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels to increase and expand access to nutrition assistance for Americans struggling with food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The petition, spearheaded by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, states: “Jewish tradition is based in the understanding that each person is made in the image of God and that we are all responsible for one another, particularly in the darkest times. I urge you to show leadership and compassion in this moment and ensure that no matter a person’s circumstance, they will not go hungry as a result of this crisis.”

Full text of the petition and list of signers can be viewed here.

“The coronavirus crisis has made us all vulnerable, and has further devastated those who were already vulnerable,” said Sheila Katz, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women. “For those individuals and families most at risk, the struggle to feed themselves and their loved ones is amplified by loss of income, loss of access to school lunch, and the very real challenge of leaving elderly parents or young children home when spending hours at a food pantry that is short on supplies. Our Jewish tradition calls for feeding the hungry, and it is up to us – even more so in this moment – to use our voices to ensure those who are food insecure have the assistance they need.”

“In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, we have been firing on all cylinders to make sure that policymakers’ responses are guided by wisdom and compassion,” said Abby J. Leibman, President & CEO of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. “It has become evident that state and local policymakers — particularly governors — are poised to truly make a difference to those who are most at risk of food insecurity. Governors must act immediately to make sure they are using every tool at their disposal to expand access and increase benefits for federal nutrition programs. This will literally save lives.

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About NCJW

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 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. More information on  Facebook and on Twitter.

About MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Inspired by Jewish values and ideals, MAZON is a national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. More information at mazon.org, Facebook, and Twitter.

The National Council of Jewish Women Applauds the US Senate’s Action On Families First Act

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The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) released the following statement today in response to the Senate vote on the Families First Act. Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan issued the following statement:

“The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) applauds the US Senate’s action today, following House passage last week, to respond to families in need during the current Covid-19 health crisis. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, while far from perfect, is a first step to addressing the needs of workers and their families during this uncertain time.

“Among many important provisions, workers will be granted two weeks of emergency paid sick leave and twelve weeks of job-protected emergency paid family and medical leave for employees who work at companies that employ 500 people or less; increased Medicaid funding and guaranteed, no-cost coverage of COVID-19 testing in public and private health insurance; and emergency funding for unemployment insurance and for several nutrition programs, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These are critical and necessary efforts to ensure individuals and families can stay home while retaining their livelihoods, ultimately reducing pressure on our health care facilities and saving lives.”

“Jewish tradition teaches that each of us is made in the image of the divine — b’tselem Elohim (Genesis 1:26) — meaning every single person’s health is paramount and unassailable. Thirty-three million workers lack access to a single paid sick day. On a regular day, this is shocking. During a public health crisis, it’s outrageous and unsafe. NCJW has long fought for paid family and sick leave, and other key ways to help workers meet work and family demands, and will continue to advocate for them long after this health crisis is over.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 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 by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

 

 

 

Health Care At Stake for Millions of Americans

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The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case that will determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan made the following statement:

“Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could save health care for tens of millions of Americans — or destroy it. In December, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate clause, which is the essential provision that keeps premiums low and health coverage accessible for American families — the key promise of the ACA.

“Let’s be clear: gutting the individual mandate would lead to tens of millions of Americans losing vital protections and critical health benefits, including coverage for the 135 million people with pre-existing conditions. Dropping the mandate will disproportionately affect those most unable to afford health care: individuals and families living in poverty, people of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQI individuals, individuals with disabilities, seniors, and individuals with limited English proficiency.

“Furthermore, the ACA has been instrumental in covering a wide range of health services, ensuring individuals have access to contraception and reproductive health care services, including well visits, mammograms, lactation counselling and supplies, at no cost to the patient. Dropping the mandate puts the entirety of the ACA in jeopardy.

“Jewish tradition teaches that each of us is made in the image of the divine — b’tselem Elohim (Genesis 1:26) — meaning every single person’s health is paramount and unassailable. We have an obligation to protect our bodies and ensure others can do the same. NCJW was proud to play a role in the enactment of the ACA, and we won’t stop fighting for it now. We look forward to working with Congress to safeguard ongoing and continued access to high quality, affordable health care for 20 million Americans.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 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 by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.