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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 25, 2016, by in Advocacy Day.

Join RJV leaders and Jewish social justice advocates from across the Empire State for an educational, fun experience learning about key issues and the Jewish values that underpin our view on those issues. Then take the unforgettable opportunity to lobby your members of the state senate and assembly on those topics. May 9, 2016 in

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Published on May 8, 2015, by in Advocacy Day.

On May 4, along with Rabbi Sarah Abrams and other congregants from Westchester Reform Temple, I enthusiastically participated in my first experience advocating for human rights and social issues important to Reform Jews. Meeting New York State district representatives, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Senator George Latimer, in their offices, was a valuable sit-down-opportunity to share

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On Monday, the New York State Assembly passed the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, which strengthens criminal penalties for sex trafficking. This bill had already been passed by the Senate, alongside eight other points of the Women’s Equality Act. While RJV took no position on the content of this one part of the 10-point Women’s

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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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