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Dozens of teens standing on the Tallahassee Capitol steps wearing PARKLAND STRONG signs and carry gun violence prevention signs

I hope you saw the news stories about buses of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, making their way to Florida’s Capitol to plead with their legislators about preventing gun violence.

Zoe Terner
Silver crystal studded crown lying on pillowy satin material

Themes relating to gender are especially relevant this Purim, as sexual harassment and assault allegations against high-profile men continue to emerge.

Josefin Dolsten (JTA)
Senator Tammy Duckworth greets smiling advocates in attendance at Jewish Disability Advocacy Day in Washington DC

I am so grateful for the experience I had at JDAD 2018, and I am inspired by the unique approach the Jewish community takes to advocacy on these complex issues.

Sylvia Levy
US Capitol building against a cloudy blue sky

 

Legislation that creates waiting periods for people with disabilities to exert their rights is unacceptable.

Jonah Baskin
Large group of teenagers posing with Rabbi Paul Kipnes in front of the US Capitol Building

We met with the legislative directors who we could sense knew – and they knew that the teens knew – that our teens would be voting in just a few years time.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Rabbi Julia Weisz
Farm workers harvesting in the field

Recently, members of my temple demonstrated at a Wendy’s, urging the company to join the Fair Food Program to ensure living wages and safe conditions for farm workers.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Black and white knots intertwined against a black and white background as if to represent racial unity

In a disturbing new report finds that the number of murders committed by white supremacists in the United States more than doubled in 2017 compared to 2016.

 
 
Noah Fitzgerel & Matt Fidel
Two individuals holding a large banner sign that reads REFUGEES WELCOME

Saturday marked a year since this ban was introduced, the first in a series of three discriminatory travel bans targeting the rights of people from Muslim-majority countries to enter the U.S.

Elizabeth Leff
Closeup of a dripping home faucet

We can do better than this. We must do better than this. But it will take all of us to be brave and to speak up.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Teen lobbyists from Temple Shaaray Tefila in front of the U.S. Capitol

Despite yesterday’s government shutdown, this group of teens figured out a way to deliver their impassioned lobbying speeches.

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher

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