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In a disturbing new report, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) found that the number of murders committed by white supremacists in the United States more than doubled in 2017 compared to 2016.

According to the ADL, white supremacists and other far-right extremists committed the majority of extremist-related murders in the United States in...

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45 years have passed since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade affirmed a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health. Yet this groundbreaking decision is now facing more threats than ever. In fact, while the right to an abortion is still the law of the land, abortion is available to fewer and fewer women.

We have all read news reports of assaults and harassment of abortion patients and clinic employees. More insidious are legislative efforts to restrict access to abortion through...

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Monday, January 22nd, marks the 45th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade. 

In the last few months, my thoughts on the status of women have largely fallen into two categories: the current push to allow individuals and organizations to opt out of offering medical services like abortion and birth control if they have religious or moral objections, and the intense cultural and media conversation on sexual harassment and assault, often referred to as the #MeToo movement. At first look, these issues seem fairly disparate, linked only in that they both...

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120+ Jewish activists protest Congressional inaction on the Dream Act

On Wednesday, January 17, leaders representing the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism joined Bend the Arc Jewish Action, the Anti-Defamation League, T'ruah and other Jewish organizations in an act of civil disobedience in the Russell Senate Office Building to demand immediate passage of the Dream Act, bipartisan legislation that will protect nearly 800,000 immigrant youth from imminent deportation. Jewish leaders from across the country were arrested by Capitol Police while protesting in support of Dreamers. 

As days continue to pass with no...

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This blog post is adapted from remarks as prepared for delivery ahead of the January 17, 2018 Jewish Action for the Dream Act, in which 85 rabbis and other Jewish leaders and activists were arrested while singing 'Olam Chesed Yibaneh' and demanding a clean Dream Act. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism joined Bend the Arc Jewish Action, the Anti-Defamation League, T'ruah and other Jewish organizations in an act of civil disobedience support of the Dreamers at the Russell Senate Office Building. More information on the protest can be found...

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