The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
On January 31, 2017, Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) reintroduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, or EACH Woman Act (H.R. 771), in the 115th Congress. The bill would repeal the Hyde Amendment, guaranteeing coverage for abortion through federal insurance plans and programs.
The Hyde Amendment, which is added to the federal budget each year, excludes abortion services from...Read More
From North Carolina to Arkansas, laws that could restrict the right to vote are being debated in state legislatures and challenged in the courts. With changes in both federal and state governments, some key cases we have been watching are weathering major changes, while new proposals are emerging to expand voter ID requirements. Here are three voting rights developments to watch in the coming months:
At the February 10-12, 2017 L'Taken Social Justice Seminar, Noah Hùng Spanding-Schecter, from Congregation Beth Tikvah in Columbus, OH., learned about social justice. Here is an excerpt of Noah's speech on LGBTQ equality, which he gave in Congressman Pat Tiberi's (OH-12) office:
As a Reform Jew, I was taught to respect the fundamental rights of others. We are governed by the idea that all people are created B’Tzelem Elohim, in the image of God. I, along with the Reform Jewish movement, interpret this to mean that all humans...Read More
There has been a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court for over a year – the longest in history. President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia in March 2016, but the Senate refused to schedule a hearing for the nomination, let alone a vote. After 293 days of inaction, Judge Garland’s nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the beginning of the 115th Congress. Judge Garland now holds...Read More
Living with cerebral palsy can be frustrating and depressing at times, but I have found ways to turn that negative energy into a positive force for change as an advocate for disability rights. I am blessed with wonderful parents who taught me that it was my duty to advocate for people whose disabilities are more severe than my own, such as my brother who also has cerebral palsy. Throughout my career, I internalized my parents’ message. I now work at The Jewish Federations of North America, as their principal lobbyist on disability policy, while also serving on the boards of four...Read More