Register Now: RJV Advocacy Day
Register now to join Reform Jewish Voice of New York State on Monday, May 7, in Albany as we celebrate a decade of commitment to Jewish social justice and continue our work on three crucial issues for New York State: reproductive rights, campaign finance reform and the minimum wage.
While New York State was a trailblazer in 1970, becoming one of the first states to legalize abortion three years before Roe v. Wade, our law has since become outdated. Current policy fails to account for changes in abortion care and does not contain a health exception or any affirmative guarantee protecting a woman's right to make decisions regarding contraception and abortion. The Reproductive Health Act (S. 2844/ A. 6112), introduced in February 2011, will repeal the penal code provisions containing New York's abortion statute and place laws related to the regulation of abortion in the public health code. Consistent with Roe v. Wade, the Act would allow abortion up to the point of viability and after that, only if there is a threat to the woman's health or life.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged in his State of the State address to introduce legislation during this legislative session to create a public funding option for New York state elections and discussed lower contribution limits, enacting “pay-to-play” rules, and improving the enforcement of the state’s campaign finance laws. There are no bills pending before the state legislature nor has a bill been drafted by the governor’s office, but in February, 2012, RJVNYS signed onto a letter to Gov. Cuomo with over 100 other organizations expressing strong support for his State of the State pledge. We will continue to show our support for a public funding option by discussing it with state legislators.
New York is the latest in a long line of states to consider raising its minimum wage. Legislation to raise the minimum wage passed the Delaware State Senate in late January, and the issue is also being considered in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri and New Jersey. In a state where 2.6 million residents live below the poverty line ($18,310 for a family of three), an increase in the minimum wage should be the first step in a long line of policy directives to eradicate income inequality and ensure that all New York citizens have the right to live the American dream. An increase in the minimum wage in New York could benefit nearly 1 million workers who currently earn $7.25 an hour.
Come celebrate RJV with a day of advocacy and a special 10th anniversary reception! For more information, please visit the Reform Jewish Voice of New York State website and click here to register for RJV Advocacy Day. Please email Molly Benoit, RJV Staff, with any questions.