Legislative Action Center

Get Legislative Updates from the RAC

Here you will find a variety of action opportunities on key legislative issues. Click on any action item for more information on the issue, then fill out the form to send a geo-targeted email (fully editable to your specific opinions) to your elected officials voicing your views. Just press send — it's that easy to tell Congress what's on your mind!

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Tell your Senators to Confirm Civil Rights Leader Kristen Clarke

Kristen Clarke has been nominated by President Biden to lead the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Clarke is a longtime civil rights leader. Since 2015 she has served as the President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Prior to that she led the Civil Rights Bureau in the New York State Attorney General’s office and worked at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. 

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Urge your Senators to support S. 1 and make the promise of democracy real for us all

Last November, despite the pandemic and a patchwork of barriers to the ballot box across the country, more than 159 million Americans voted in the 2020 elections, the highest rates seen in over a century. However, some elected officials want to roll back this progress by creating more barriers to vote. The right to vote is fundamental in a democracy and we must ensure that elections are accessible for all. The For the People Act (H.R.1/S.1) is a broad bill, that among its provisions, will protect the freedom to vote by establishing national standards for federal elections and ensuring that voter registration and voting options are equally accessible across the United States.

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Tell Congress to Cosponsor Legislation to Research and Develop Reparations for Slavery and Systemic Racism

The ongoing wounds of slavery and more than four centuries of entrenched racial oppression continues to impact American society. Systemic disparities and injustices will endure unless proactive steps are taken to acknowledge and eliminate them. One way to address this is through the study and development of reparations proposals. Urge your elected officials to cosponsor the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act.

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Urge Congress to Restore Voting Rights

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would improve the voting process in the United States by modernizing the preclearance formula to cover states with a pattern of discrimination that puts voters at risk, protecting voters from the types of voting changes.

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Urge Congress to Enact Policing Reforms

As we witness protests in Minneapolis, Louisville, and across the United States we see an all-too-familiar anger, frustration, and pain. Changes to federal laws are vital to ensure that law enforcement training, use of force policies, and data collection address historic and systemic racial injustices. Urge your members of Congress to pass policing reform legislation.

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Urge Congress to pass a living wage

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.

 

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Require Universal Background Checks on all Gun Sales

The vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, support common-sense policies like background checks for every gun sale to prevent senseless violence. As Reform Jews, it is our duty to demand that Congress take action to pass gun legislation and save countless innocent lives.

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Urge Congress to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the United States' most comprehensive resource for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA is up for reauthorization every five years - including this year. Each reauthorization provides a new opportunity to enhance these safeguards and ensure survivors of gender-based violence have to access to the resources and protections they need.

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Urge Congress to Support DREAMers and TPS Holders

Congress must act immediately to protect DREAMers and TPS holders from deportation and provide a permanent, legislative fix that provides a pathway to citizenship

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Tell Congress: Prohibit Discrimination Against LGBTQ People

​​​​​​Currently, federal law does not explicitly prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, federal funding, education, credit, and jury selection based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights laws to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.

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Protect Access to Abortion

The Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 2975/S. 165) takes crucial steps towards protecting access to abortion by prohibiting the countless regulations, bans, and restrictions that prevent people from accessing the reproductive health care they need.