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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 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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Published on January 18, 2017, by in RJV.

Join Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV) and New York teens for a two-day program for teens in Albany to learn about social justice issues that affect New Yorkers across the Empire State, and then lobby your state representatives on Monday! If you have attended the Religious Action Center’s L’Taken program, this is

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Published on December 13, 2016, by in RJV.

On October 30, RJV’s Steering Committee met at the beautiful Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY to build relationships, discuss important state issues and map out the future of RJV. We were thrilled to officially welcome our new co-chair, Marc Landis of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan, who has shown exceptional leadership since he joined RJV

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Published on July 14, 2016, by in RJV.

  A few weeks after the end of the 2016 legislative session, Governor Andrew Cuomo has only recently finished signing the bills that passed during the final moments Assembly Members and Senators spent in Albany. As we look back on the session, though, we have important victories to celebrate on some of RJV’s priority issues

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