Exciting Updates on the Racial Justice Campaign

November 4, 2021Israel Harris

The Reform Movement's Racial Justice Campaign continues to be a central part in combatting the daily oppression and dehumanization of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) individuals that is rooted in the 400-year history of systemic racism embedded in every corner of North America.

The Reform Movement's racial justice work, which deepened during the civil rights movement with the creation of the RAC, continues today with the Reform Movement's commitment to demand racially just policies in the U.S. and Canada.

Over the summer, the RAC organized 47 lobbying meetings with nearly 5,000 constituent participants from 22 different states to call on the U.S. Senate to protect the freedom to vote! We are continuing to pressure the Senate to pass legislation and welcome the introduction of the Freedom to Vote Act, the successor to the For the People Act (S. 1). The Freedom to Vote Act is a broad bill that will establish national standards for federal elections, make Election Day a federal holiday, and create a transparent process that all Americans can trust. While we are proud of our first national campaign and pleased the Senate remains focused on passing legislation protecting and advancing the right to vote, our work is far from over.

Over the past month, the filibuster blocked the Senate from beginning debate on the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. We remain committed to push the Senate to reform the filibuster and hold President Biden to his word on reforming the filibuster. Filibuster reform has the potential to achieve a proper balance between majority and minority rights in the Senate and offers the best path forward for American democracy to address the interests of all Americans. The Reform Movement must continue to make our voices heard and ensure that voter registration and voting options are equally accessible across the U.S.

TAKE ACTION AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO ENSURE THE FREEDOM TO VOTE:

In the state level, we celebrate RAC-NY's recent victory in helping to pass the Less is More Act on Friday, September 17 th. This transformative bill will restrict the use of incarceration for non-criminal parole violations, bolster due process in parole hearings, and incentivize and support community reentry. This is just the latest victory by our state-based affiliates and if you are located in a RAC state, we need you to join our state advocacy campaigns. Success at the state level is critical in building a more just, compassionate, and whole world.

TAKE ACTION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AT THE STATE LEVEL WITH RAC STATE PROJECTS

The Reform Movement has also implemented a Racial Equity and Diversity Initiative (REDI) to take action within our communities and beyond and strengthen the collective power of the Jewish community in antiracist work.

Learn more about the Racial Justice Campaign and subscribe to our Racial Justice Campaign email list to be the first to know about updates and receive the social media toolkit.

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