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Published on May 16, 2017, by in RJV.

Voting Rights Legislative Ask: RJV supports the $7 million in the Governor’s budget for in person early voting, and the suite of voting reforms found in the New York Votes Act package (A05312) that will allow automatic and online registration, no fault absentee voting, and restoring parolee voting rights. Background: The right to vote is

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Published on May 9, 2017, by in Advocacy Day.

Background In 1970, New York was one of the first states to legalize abortion, three years before Roe v. Wade was decided by the United States Supreme Court.  While much has changed in over the past 40 years, New York law has lagged behind and now has more stringent rules about a woman’s right to

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Published on May 9, 2017, by in Advocacy Day.

Background: Jewish tradition has long recognized not only the importance of government, but also the positive role that governments can play in establishing a society of tzedek v’shalom, justice and peace. The growing influence of money in politics, though, makes achieving this goal more difficult, as it fosters a society where a person’s wealth can

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Published on May 9, 2017, by in Advocacy Day.

Background For several years the Governor, legislators and private and parochial school proponents have advocated for an Education Tax Credit (ETC) for taxpayers, including corporations, who donate to scholarship funds for private or religious schools. The Education Tax Credit would direct public funding to private and parochial schools, posing a threat to the separation of

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