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Today marks the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Roe v. Wade. As Friday at the RACBlog is our "Focus on the Courts" day, it is only appropriate that we use this time to do a quick review of the Roe decision and of some subsequent Supreme Court decisions on abortion and reproductive rights.

Roe v. Wade (1973)

The case originated in 1970 when Norma L. McCorvey (alias "Jane Roe") became pregnant and with her attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington filed a federal district court challenge to Texas law which prohibited abortion. Dallas County...

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It has been so exciting to be in touch with many Reform Jews, through email, phone, or our recent webinars concerning the Women of the Wall, a monthly progressive prayer group that has recently met challenges to their desire to pray openly at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. This is a moment and a time when speaking out for religious pluralism and civic equality can truly make a difference.

Our message is clear: The Kotel belongs not just to one individual, group, or denomination but to all Jews.


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While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred many Americans to action - through donations, public service, humanitarian aid, etc. - it has also precipitated a reckoning with current domestic policy, particularly immigration. Last Friday, at the urging of Democratic and Republican members of Congress, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and numerous faith and sectarian...

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Some estimates of the death toll from the 7.0 earthquake that rattled Haiti last week have risen to 200,000, as American troops began air drops of food and water and the United Nations pledged an additional 2,000 peacekeepers "to protect Haiti's aid convoys from lawless gangs roaming the quake-hit streets." Despite help from...

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What did you do to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this year? I spent the weekend with Reform congregation KAM Isaiah-Israel in Hyde Park, Chicago, learning about food. KAM, the oldest Reform congregation in the Midwest, has a strong tradition of social justice activism and hosts an MLK weekend event each year. So what is "food justice," and why is food a civil rights issue?

The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute defines food justice as...

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