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One week after participating in the HIAS Immigrant Justice delegation to San Diego, I was still haunted by memories of the men, women, and children getting up in the early hours of the day to be at the U.S. border at 4:00 a.m. to plead their case in court — before being returned to Mexico by armed guards to await a hearing. I could only think of my ancestors who struggled to get to America, where they would be safe and free to thrive. They were met by the Statue of Liberty welcoming them; not a border wall saying, “you are not welcome here.”

I’m an attorney who just a year ago knew...

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RAC-OH Lobby Day

On Wednesday, nearly 200 Reform Jews from across Ohio gathered at the Statehouse in Columbus to advocate for just policies in the Buckeye State.

Participants learned about RAC-OH’s legislative priorities: gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. Not only did they study the specific legislation, but also the impact gun violence, substance use disorder, and incarceration have on everyday Ohioans.

Dr. Abbie Youkilis, a member of Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati, spoke of the tragedy her own family experienced when her niece was murdered in Parkland. She asked...

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Students protesting for gun violence prevention

It’s no secret that teens and young adults have become the leading advocates for gun violence prevention. After the tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Santa Fe High School, and particularly at Stoneman Douglas High School, teens and young adults have rallied together to address the lack of gun safety regulations in the United States.

Young adults across North America have created a broad movement, thanks in part to the March for Our Lives, to show adults that their voices, safety, and futures can’t be ignored.

After seeing the power teens and young adults can...

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HHS

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took two alarming steps to permit taxpayer-funded discrimination in our health care and social service systems. First, HHS announced a new draft policy (known as a proposed rule) that would allow for discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion in HHS-funded programs and also remove a requirement that HHS grantees recognize same-sex marriages in order to receive federal funding. Second, HHS issued a notice of nonenforcement declaring that it would immediately cease enforcing...

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DACA

On November 12, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a set of three cases which will determine whether the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will continue to exist and, with that, the fate of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrant youth who currently live and work in the U.S. protected from the threat of deportation.

Established by President Obama...

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