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Reform Jewish Movement Launches Nationwide Initiative to Protect Voting Rights

Reform Jewish Movement Launches Nationwide Initiative to Protect Voting Rights

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in partnership with the NAACP will hold voter protection and participation events in Raleigh-Durham later this month and across the U.S. through November

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Press Release from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Washington, D.C., August 9, 2016 – With general election season well underway, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) is launching a new nonpartisan initiative to promote voter protection and participation across the country, beginning with a joint kick-off event with the North Carolina NAACP on August 18 in Raleigh, NC.

Reform Movement leaders will gather at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh to launch Nitzavim: Standing Up for Voter Protection and Participation on August 18, joined by NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber II and NAACP activists. Volunteers will spend the weekend hearing from local and national leaders, receiving skills training and registering North Carolinians to vote.

From August to November, the Reform Jewish Movement will be partnering with the NAACP, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the PICO National Network, as well as other non-partisan entities to bring Nitzavim to communities across the country and protect the right to vote this election year. Congregations nationwide will be doing this work within their communities and traveling to areas in particular need of support. The RAC plans to recruit at least 100 Reform congregations and 100 lawyers to help ensure all eligible voters have access to the ballot box this November.

WHAT: The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the NC NAACP and volunteers from across the country are joining together to uphold voting rights, registering as many eligible voters as possible and protecting their access to the polls.

WHEN: Beginning the evening of August 18, through the weekend, ending August 20, 2016.

WHERE: Kick-off event is August 18 at Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh. Events will continue on August 19 at Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W Cornwallis Rd, Durham, and throughout the Raleigh-Durham area for the remainder of the weekend.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose nearly 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis. Visit rac.org for more.

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