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Lizzie Stein

Teens standing in front of the United States Capitol building

At the conclusion of the 2017-2018 L’Taken season, we launched the inaugural cohort of the RAC Teen Justice Fellowship with 50 teens registered for this opportunity. This fellowship, designed exclusively for alumni of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport L’Taken Social Justice Seminars, created an online community-based learning space. We covered current events, advocacy skills trainings and civic engagement. For successful completion of the fellowship, each fellow was required to complete a Civic Engagement Project. Below are a few reflections by the fellows about their projects. If you are...

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Teens and Rabbi stand in front of the US Capitol Building

This January will mark my third season of the L’Taken Social Justice Seminars as a member of the Religious Action Center staff. 12 times I have welcomed Jewish teens from across the country to Washington, DC for four immersive days of learning, growing and advocacy. And it doesn’t get old. One of my favorite things about L’Taken is to learn alongside our participants as they discover their own power for change in this country. When we walk up Capitol Hill on Monday morning to meet with senators and representatives – 400 strong – we know that our power lies not in one meeting alone, but in...

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Saturday, March 31st is Transgender Day of Visibility The RAC stands with transgender students. Join us by contacting your local school board about policies that affirm the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students. Info at rac.org/TDOV18

This year, International Transgender Day of Visibility coincided with the first day of Passover, a particularly meaningful coincidence. On International Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate transgender people and the courage it takes to live openly, while recognizing the discrimination and violence that trans people continue to face. On Passover, we celebrate the Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt, while recognizing the many forms of oppression that continue to plague our society.

Under the leadership of the Religious Action Center’s Urgency of Now Transgender Rights...

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Minneapolis City Hall and Virginia State Capitol

Last night marked a milestone in the quest for transgender inclusion. Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham, elected to the Minneapolis City Council, are the first out transgender black people elected to public office in the United States. And Danica Roem, elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, is the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Jenkins said she believes her and Roem’s victories are proof that many communities in the US won’t succumb to hatred, bigotry or transphobia – and are willing to fight for social...

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Silhouette on a mountain at sunset

Many of us may be surprised to learn that climate change can have profound effects on our mental health. In March, the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica released a report, Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance, which details the impacts of climate change on mental health.

The report’s findings are concerning. First of all, the research found that populations already vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which disproportionately include low-income communities and communities of color, have an increased risk of experiencing...

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