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The Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism (CSA) is proud to present the Irving J. Fain Social Justice Award, in recognition of congregations leading excellent and impactful social justice programming and initiatives. This year, the CSA received a record number of applicants from across North America. From this dedicated applicant pool, the CSA selected 21 congregations as Fain Award recipients.

The Fain Awards highlight a diverse and meaningful portfolio of work from congregations across the Reform Movement, which aligns with our vision of a world filled with wholeness,...

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Death Penalty

 

We are at a pivotal moment for the death penalty in the United States; the country is not moving forward, but backwards. Federal executions are coming back after a 16-year hiatus, as Attorney General Barr announced that the Department of Justice will resume executions of death-row inmates. Following this announcement in July 2019, Barr instructed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule executions starting as early as December for five men.

Among the states, we are...

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On October 8, the day before Yom Kippur, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for three cases that will have lasting impact on the rights of LGBTQ people in the United States. The cases center around the definition of sex discrimination in employment law. Specifically, they will determine whether sex discrimination – prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – encompasses discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The outcome of these cases will determine whether an employee can be fired based on...

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At the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, equality and justice are core to everything we do. Nowhere is this truer than our U.S.-based state projects, where local congregations have come together to achieve substantial victories over the past year. From joining forces with interfaith partners to help shut down Homestead immigrant child detention center in Florida, to helping pass the “Driver’s Licenses for...

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Voting rights

As the Voting Rights Act turns 54 this year, we lament the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision. As we look ahead to the 2020 general election next year, we must continue the fight for our fundamental right and embrace our civic duty to vote. Let us reaffirm the values baked in this crucial legislation, which was drafted in the Religious Action Center’s very own library in 1965.

The Voting Rights Act helped block laws that deny citizens the equal right to vote based on race and enacted federal voting protections, especially in states with a...

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