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!
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic is the most severe public health and economic crisis in a century. The U.S. has reported the most cases and deaths in the world and tens of millions are facing unemployment, food scarcity, and housing insecurity due to the economic fallout from the pandemic. Urge Congress to support the most vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.