On February 22, 2021, RAC-IL helped secure a historic victory in Illinois, as Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Pretrial Fairness Act, contained in a larger criminal justice bill, to end the use of cash bail and reform the state’s pretrial justice system.
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“I need you to show up in Trenton.” Those eight simple words are how it all started. In 2006, State Senator Loretta Weinberg shared these words with a group of New Jersey Reform Jews at the URJ Biennial.
Debbie Coutant, a leader at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos and a member of the RAC-CA Leadership Team, died this summer. With thanks to Rabbi Melanie Aron, we share this tribute to Debbie and honor her leadership and dedication to justice.
In 2019, RAC-CA set gun violence prevention and housing as our two top issues. This agenda was created by our lay-led issue research teams and input from 179 social justice leaders from 45 Reform congregations and communities.
Now that the Legislature has
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.
The more than 200 Reform Jews from across the Golden State who turned out for RAC California’s largest-ever lobby day at the State Capitol on Tuesday heard a common refrain from the elected officials in attendance: it was powerful to see the Jewish community
The Illinois Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC-IL) is excited to announce that the VOICES Act is now law in Illinois! The VOICES Act will significantly increase protections for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Friends, the proverbial house, our community, is not only stricken with a plague of drug and opioid abuse – it is on fire.
Over 2 million incarcerated people live in our nation’s prisons and jails, more than any other country in the entire world. Our prison population has increased 500% since 1977 and 20% of prisoners in the U.S.