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Economic Justice

Judaism teaches that helping fellow human beings in need, tzedakah, is not simply a matter of charity, but of responsibility, righteousness, and justice.

Economic Justice

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Click each link to find more information on key economic justice issues, including: hunger, housing/homelessness, living wages, and labor issues

Urge Congress to pass a living wage
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The cost of living in the United States has long eclipsed the minimum wage. At $7.25 per hour, an employee who is working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks a year, earns only $15,080. An increase to the minimum wage is imperative if we expect people to be able to support themselves on a full-time job. It's time that our federal minimum wage becomes a living wage. Urge your member of Congress to support the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582/S. 150).

Take Action: Stand up for paid family and medical leave
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No person should have to choose between caring for themselves or a family member and keeping their job and income. Yet each year, millions are workers are forced to make that difficult choice. The United States is the only advanced economy that does not offer paid leave to its workers. Paid family and medical leave provides employees the necessary time to recover after illness or surgery, to take care of an ill family member, or to care for a newborn infant. Urge Congress to pass the FAMILY Act to provide paid family and medical leave for all workers in America.  

RAC Economic Justice Blog Roll

Latest Updates on Economic Justice
Dec 16, 2018|Rabbi Lindsey Danziger
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Jul 05, 2018|Rabbi Fred N. Reiner
May 29, 2018|Rabbi Rachel Timoner
Contact Our Legislative Policy Team

For more information on this issue, contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Ally Karpel at 202-387-2800.