Last week the Crack the Disparity Coalition held its second annual (and last) lobby day seeking to reform the egregious crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity.
The lobby day was a very exciting experience. We kicked off the day with speeches from Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), the lead sponsor one of the legislative options, Hilary Shelton of the NAACP, and Rabbi Saperstein, who delivered an inspirational and rousing speech that can be found...Read More
Last Monday, Rabbi Saperstein joined other activists and members of Congress in civil disobedience at the Sudanese Embassy in protest of ongoing suffering in Darfur. Rabbi Saperstein and Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast wrote a piece for the Huffington Post, "Going to Jail to Fight Genocide," sharing about why they chose to get arrested on Monday, and a bit about their experience:... Read More
Ari Paskoff is a sophomore at American University and an intern at the RAC. Following the Consultation on Conscience, the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism met last week to discuss and debate resolutions that speak to core values of Reform Judaism life. I felt truly honored to be able to witness the Reform Movement's social action leaders discuss the courses of action that the URJ could take for at least the upcoming year, and possibly further. This meeting was an eye-opening experience for me since I never had any former experience with the...Read More
Schools are closed during Pesach, and many businesses and offices are closed for part of the week. This creates a great opportunity for family vacations - or, alternatively, a strong need for activities to entertain the...Read More
Today Rabbi Saperstein joined Representatives John Lewis (D-GA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), as well as Jerry Fowler, Executive Director of Save Darfur and John Prendergast, Co-founder of the Enough Project, in civil disobedience to protest the ongoing suffering in Darfur, exacerbated by President Bashir's expulsion of over a dozen aid agencies from the region earlier this month. The group was arrested for their act of civil disobedience at the...Read More