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On May 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments in the case challenging President Trump’s travel ban for individuals traveling from Muslim-majority nations, one of two ongoing legal battles over the President’s March 6 executive order. This executive order is the second attempt from the administration to restrict entry of Muslim travelers into the U.S. and to severely curb the U.S.’s refugee resettlement program. The administration...

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There are currently over 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, many of whom came to this country in hopes of providing a better life for themselves and their families, to reunite with loved ones or to escape persecution in their home countries. Regardless of the reasons for their undocumented status, the length of time they have lived in this country or the positive contributions they make to our communities, there is currently no pathway to citizenship for these individuals. Our own people’s history as “strangers” - living in others’ lands - reminds us of the many...

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Transgender pride flag with words "protect trans students"

“I am just a human. I am just a boy,” he said. “Please consider my rights when you make your decision.” These are the words of Gavin Grimm, a transgender high school student whose quest to use the restroom that aligns with his gender identity took him all the way to the Supreme Court.

While the LGBTQ community has experienced a broad expansion of rights and...

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Bars in a Prison

Today, we face a criminal justice system that is broken and does not reflect our values as Reform Jews and as Americans. This system incarcerates 2.3 million people and most severely impacts people of color, who face inequities at every stage of the process, from policing to sentencing to reentry. There is an urgent need to reform policies and practices so that the criminal justice system truly lives up to its name.

Just last week at the...

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On May 2, 2017, the Equality Act was re-introduced in Congress by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative David Cicilline (D-RI). In the 114th Congress, this bill garnered 178 co-sponsors in the House and 42 co-sponsors in the Senate.

The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights legislation to explicitly ban discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, federal funding, education, credit, and jury selection based on actual or perceived sexual...

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