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“I Adonai have called you in righteousness...To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, from their prisons those who sit in darkness.”  Isaiah 42:6-7

With 51,000 inmates sitting in the darkness, Ohio has the fifth largest prison population in the country. The people we lock away each have a story and soul. A few months ago, clergy from across Ohio gathered for a meeting of the Religious Action Center’s newest state based initiative, Reform Ohio.

We listened to the story of Belinda C., a woman in our community getting her life together after...

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Bars in a Prison

The United States has the world’s largest prison population: 2.2 million Americans are currently serving time in our nation’s over 5,000 jails and prisons. That means that there are fewer college campuses in this country than prison yards. It also means that the U.S. has the second highest prison rate in the world. The number of inmates in federal prisons has quadrupled since 1980, as a result of mandatory minimum sentencing...

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Voting rights signs at Capitol

What do the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia have in common? In the aftermath of the landmark case Shelby County v. Holder, all of the aforementioned states implemented harmful electoral changes; altercations previously prevented in Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Section 5 of the VRA ensured certain states and local governments must obtain federal preclearance heretofore executing any changes to their voting laws...

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Pride Month, which occurs during June each year, is a time to lift up the voices of those who champion the LGBTQ identities, listening to their stories and working in coalition to create a world of greater equality and inclusion. During this Pride Month, we are featuring guest blogs by Reform Jews who are members of the LGBTQ communities.

My name is Benjamin Kline and I am a pansexual rising Junior in NFTY Mid-Atlantic Region (NFTY-MAR). When I share this personal information in the outside world, I usually receive one of two reactions:...

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Health Care and Congress

Learn more about Ethan's story here. 

Scared. Shocked. Angry. Confused. 

We did not want this, We did not ask for this "opportunity;" we did not do anything wrong to deserve this AND we will not run from our obligations as parents to care for our child.  However, we cannot afford to cover all of Ethan's health care costs without help from a large community and our government. 

What do Ethan's future health care options look like?

Ethan will not have the opportunity to receive health care from his employer or pay the...

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