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Register for Advocacy Day (Monday, May 5, 2014) This year, we will be speaking with legislators about the Women’s Equality Act and expressing our disappointment over the failure of the NY DREAM Act and meaningful campaign finance reform. To be prepared on Advocacy Day, read up on the issues here: Women’s Equality Act NY DREAM Act

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Tuesday is National Equal Pay Day–the day in 2014 when women’s salaries catch up to men’s earnings from 2013. That’s right–over fifteen months of work for one year’s pay! Women head more than 1,000,000 households in New York State, and more than 63% of working mothers are primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners. The Women’s Equality Act (A.8070) would close

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Reform Jewish Voice of New York State invites you to join us on Monday, May 5th in Albany for our annual Advocacy Day! You will have the opportunity to hear from legislative leaders, become a policy expert, delve into the Jewish values driving our social justice work, meet other New Yorkers passionate about tikkun olam

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“We understand that hunger is a huge issue that cannot be fixed easily. It is a multi-faceted problem and millions of Americans across the country struggle with every day. That is why we want to start small, and advocate for immediate change in New York.”—A NFTY-NAR teen advocating for anti-hunger programs. Not enough people take

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Published on February 27, 2014, by in RJV.

In the current economic crisis, low to moderate income families are struggling to survive and are more likely to need government assistance to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. In 2010, nearly 2.8 million New Yorkers lived in poverty—14% of all New Yorkers—and 12.4% of residents struggled with food insecurity.

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  Albany, N.Y., January 9, 2014: In response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address on January 8, 2014, RJV Co-Chairs Barbara Zaron and Jennifer Jaech issued the following statement:   Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV), the Reform Movement’s social justice advocate in New York, sees the Governor’s State of the State

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On Rosh Hashanah, we say Shana tovah u’metukah (a good and sweet new year). And while we are nearly four months into 5774, we are only seven days into 2014 and it’s not shaping up to be a good or sweet year for millions of Americans. Congress has yet to extend unemployment insurance for those desperately seeking work, the

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Published on November 15, 2013, by in URJ.

This was originally posted on RJblog on November 11, 2013. In the early morning hours of November 9, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. The equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, the storm displaced hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the region’s Pacific Islands. Initial accounts indicate that as many

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Published on November 14, 2013, by in RJV, URJ.

Have you registered for the URJ Biennial in San Diego? You can already check out the schedule of events and speakers. Be sure to let us know if you will be in San Diego so we can send you information about an RJV meet-up!