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Nitzavim: All You Need to Know About the Launch in North Carolina

Nitzavim: All You Need to Know About the Launch in North Carolina

Voting Rights Advocates and Voter Registration Clipboards

Late last week, 200 Reform Jews and advocates for social justice gathered in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina to launch Nitzavim: Standing Up for Voter Protection and Participation. People traveled from near and far to a state that had passed a voter suppression law that targeted black voters with “almost surgical precision” to make a clear statement in support of racial justice and voting rights.

Together, we heard from leaders in our Movement, the North Carolina NAACP and beyond about the importance of this election and ensuring that the votes of people of color will matter across the United States. We learned about one another, developed skills and visited neighborhoods across central North Carolina to register 335 voters and collect pledges from over 400 voters to cast their ballots this fall. Finally, we committed to continuing this work around the country between now and November, and pledged to take action wherever the vote is being suppressed.

To learn more about our launch in North Carolina, you can…

Watch videos of Thursday, August 18’s Tu B’av program at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh on the RAC’s YouTube Page:

View Photos from the Launch on the RAC’s Facebook Page. Be sure to tag your friends!

Read about Nitzavim in the News:

Our work to protect voting rights for all people is far from over. There is so much more that congregations and individuals around the U.S. can do to take part in Nitzavim between now and election day. If you’re ready to stand up for voter protection and participation, pledge to take action now. If you want to learn more about opportunities to register voters, mobilize voters and protect the vote, join us for a webinar on Thursday, August 25 at 1 PM eastern.

Jacob Kraus is the campaign organizer at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, leading the Reform Movement’s Urgency of Now campaigns for criminal justice reform and immigrant justice. Based at the Union for Reform Judaism offices in New York City, Jacob grew up in Cincinnati, OH, where his family is affiliated with Rockdale Temple. He is a 2015 graduate of Macalester College.

Jacob Kraus