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Published on July 28, 2017, by in RJV.

Dear Friend, Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV) is our collective voice for Jewish social justice advocacy in New York. Our mission is to promote state legislation and governmental actions that embody the principles of the Reform Jewish movement through education on the critical issues facing our state and advocacy in Albany and local

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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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Published on April 14, 2017, by in RJV.

On April 10, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed “Raise the Age” legislation into law, bringing New York in line with the rest of the nation in how juvenile offenders are treated by state judicial systems.  (North Carolina is now the only state that treats 16- and 17-year-old defendants as adults.)  The legislative battle over “Raise the Age” was

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Published on March 23, 2017, by in RJV.

Join RJV leaders and Jewish social justice advocates from across the Empire State for a face-to-face opportunity with your state elected officials. Meet us in Albany to speak truth to power about issues that matter and about cherished values that define us both as individuals and as a people. We will be lobbying on the

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Published on February 17, 2017, by in RJV.

On January 17, the New York State Assembly passed the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (A1378), which would require insurers to provide copay-free coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptives. Emergency contraception like Plan B, which typically costs upwards of $50 without a prescription, would be covered over the counter, and male contraception would also be covered. The

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Published on January 18, 2017, by in RJV.

As the New York State Legislature begins its 240th legislative session, RJV remains committed to fighting for economic and criminal justice reform. This month, RJV was represented at several key events in New York, including the 27th Annual People’s State of the State rally and a press conference on a key criminal justice issue, called Raise

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