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Published on May 16, 2017, by in RJV.

Background: The right to vote is the cornerstone of American democracy and our most basic civil right. As Reform Jews and as New Yorkers, we care about a variety of political issues. All of these issues are inextricably linked to the right to vote—by means of the vote, we select our elected officials, who in

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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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