The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
January marks Human Trafficking Awareness Month, which is meant to underscore the need to destigmatize important discussions about human trafficking and call attention to key facts and realities about modern-day slavery.
Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons, is the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain. It is a form of modern-day slavery that impacts at least 20 to 30 million men, women and children each year. This modern-day slavery occurs in countries throughout the world and in communities across the United States. Though there are many...Read More
2016 is off to a great start in the fight for social justice! On Tuesday, President Obama issued an executive order against gun violence. This is a historic victory for gun violence prevention, and is a great step towards preventing future tragedies that have become all too familiar in the United States. The Reform Movement applauded President Obama’s executive order to address the scourge of gun violence in the United States.
The executive order has several key components, which all together address pressing issues surrounding gun violence:
Background checks for more gun...Read More
December 2015 brought about two pieces of great news for supporters of comprehensive sexuality education!
First, on December 10, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. The bill includes new language specifying health as part of a “well-rounded education,” as well as new provisions to “improve instructional practices for developing relationship-building skills.” Both of these would render state and local education agencies eligible to receive and utilize Title IV funding specifically for sexuality education. This additional available funding has the...Read More
Of all the crises facing the United States, perhaps one of the least talked about is the crisis facing our judicial system. Our nation’s federal courts are often called the guardians of the Constitution because their rulings protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. Through fair and impartial judgments, the federal courts interpret and apply the law. When there is no one to make these judgments, our government is left without the people who protect it and ensure its integrity.
How does our judicial system work? There are 94 U.S. judicial districts, including...Read More
Last weekend, we had our first L’Taken Social Justice Seminar of the season. Two students, Ian Berlin and Eddie Jenkins from Temple Sinai in Washington D.C., spoke eloquently about our country’s flawed background check system, and were able to thank their Representative for their support of the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2015 (H.R. 3411). The students’ speech is excerpted below:
We are sure you know that this issue has never been more prevalent in political discourse, especially with the most recent mass shooting in California just this week, and another a few days before in Colorado. ...Read More