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Growing up in Texas, the summer of 2013 was a monumental time to be inspired by the power of women’s voices. A high school student at the time, I remember eagerly following along that June as State Senator Wendy Davis stood firm in her iconic pink running shoes as she filibustered a highly-restrictive abortion bill for 11 hours straight. The bill sought to impose some of the harshest targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws in the...

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Congress’s last week in session in 2019 was dramatic, tense, and consequential for millions of people in America and around the world. Although the headlines on December 18 and the days following focused on the House of Representatives’ vote to impeach President Trump, Congress succeeded in averting a government shutdown and passed a military spending bill, which the president...

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At the Union for Reform Judaism's Biennial in Chicago last week, the Reform Movement voted to approve a resolution supporting the study of proposals for U.S. slavery reparations. The resolution is part of the Religious Action Center and Movement's work for racial justice and comes after years of study and consultation.

As our director Rabbi Jonah Pesner...

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Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center, made the following remarks at the 2019 URJ Biennial in Chicago. 

Only a few short years after the founding of the United States of America, George Washington expressed in an exchange of letters with the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, the oldest synagogue in the U. S., the following historic sentiment:

“For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean...

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We are living in an urgent time. Reform Jewish communities are pursuing justice through the Brit Olam at the local, state/provincial, and federal levels to bring about a world in which all people experience wholeness, justice, and compassion. This past week, thousands of Reform Jews gathered in Chicago for the URJ Biennial 2019, marking an important moment for social justice engagement across the Reform Movement. In addition to social justice learning sessions and an intensive, we also launched our Movement-wide 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign.

Whether or not you were able to join...

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