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Dreamers holding sign that says DREAM ACT NOW

May 21, 2019,

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Chairman Nadler, and Ranking Member Collins,

We, the undersigned national, state, and local education, civil and human rights, LGBTQ+, labor, national security, faith, grassroots, and immigrants’ rights organizations, write to express our support for the American Dream and Promise Act as it goes before the House Judiciary Committee for markup. The legisl ation w ould put immigrant youth known as Dreamers and long - time beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) on a roadmap to...

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Three teens holding signs in support of criminal justice reform

   These remarks have been lightly adapted from those presented at the lobby prep session of the 2019 Consultation on Conscience on Monday, May 20, 2019.

As the Religious Action Center’s legislative director, I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with our Eisendrath Legislative Assistants every day and with our entire community to advance Reform Movement social justice priorities on Capitol Hill and beyond.

Attendees at the RAC’s 2019 Consultation on Conscience have spent three...

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Three teens holding signs in support of criminal justice reform

These remarks have been lightly adapted from those presented at the lobby prep session of the 2019 Consultation on Conscience on Monday, May 20, 2019.

Deuteronomy commands, “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof, justice, justice you shall pursue.” As Jews, we are told to seek justice, but also to ensure that the means we use to reach justice are just in themselves. A criminal justice system that punishes excessively and discriminatorily violates this instruction. Regrettably, the United States criminal justice system does both. 

What is this issue about?

Over the past...

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Handmade sign reading LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

These remarks have been lightly adapted from those presented at the lobby prep session of the 2019 Consultation on Conscience on Monday, May 20, 2019.

At least 36 times, in 36 ways, the Torah commands just treatment of the immigrant. When we read this call to action and think about our own histories of migration, it is hard not to see the connections to today’s America. We have witnessed the separation of children from their parents, the narrowing of legal pathways to immigration, the infringement upon the right to seek asylum, and the stripping away of...

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Closeup of a mans chest wearing a button that says DO JUSTICE

   These remarks have been lightly adapted from those presented before the opening plenary of the 2019 Consultation on Conscience on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

Two years ago, 800 of us met at what was then the largest Consultation on Conscience ever – but today, we are more than 1,200 strong, and since we last met, so much has happened. We have done so much.

Since we last met, we launched the Urgency of Now, reflecting our tradition’s ageless and enduring call of Torah to rodeph tzedek, pursue justice. Focused on transgender...

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