The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
From April 16 through 18, thousands of Americans will gather in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to pass necessary voting rights and campaign finance reforms, as well as to hold hearings and a vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. This gathering, known as Democracy Awakening, has already been endorsed by over 250 local, state and national organizations, including the RAC, the NAACP, Common Cause, Public Citizen and People for the American Way.
Democracy Awakening will include a variety of events, from teach-ins, a rally at Capitol Hill and a prayer vigil, to direct action and a lobby day. Across all three days of activities, participants will demand that five principle actions be taken to strengthen our democracy:
The RAC’s endorsement of and participation in Democracy Awakening is rooted in the long work of the Reform Movement to advance a functioning, inclusive and just democracy. From the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s to the NAACP’s America’s Journey for Justice last summer, Reform Jews have for decades been active in advocating for equal treatment and for the protection of civil and voting rights. In so doing, we affirm that all people are created b’tzelem Elohim, in the Divine image, and we carry with us the Babylonian Talmud’s teaching that “What is hateful to you, do not do your neighbor” as we advocate for the society we wish to see (Shabbat 31a).
If you are interested in participating in Democracy Awakening, there is still time to register! Click here to sign up, and contact me to let us know you will be there. And, if even if you cannot make it to Washington to take part in person, you can still raise your voice for commonsense democracy reforms by filling out the RAC’s action alerts on voting rights, campaign finance reform and the Supreme Court nomination process.