Jewish Leaders Strategize around MD Ballot Measures
On Tuesday, Maryland rabbis met with leaders from the Religious Action Center and Jews United for Justice to talk about grassroots organizing around two critical issues that will appear on the state’s ballot in November: marriage equality and the DREAM Act. Both of the aforementioned issues were passed by the Maryland legislature, but opponents gathered enough signatures to put these referenda on the ballot for voters to determine their ultimate execution.
During the meeting, the rabbis received brief overviews of each law, but the focus was on how they can utilize their unique leadership positions to mobilize congregants to hit the polls (and vote for the implementation of each law).
As the rabbis discussed why they are passionate about marriage equality and educational opportunities for deserving immigrant young adults, a sense of comradery infused the room with the hope that these civil rights can be attained. Having witnessed the grassroots organizing and advocacy strategizing in which the Jewish leaders engaged, I am hopeful for the triumph of social justice in Maryland.
To learn more about how your congregation or organization can promote civic engagement this election season, download your copy of the RAC’s Get Out the Vote 2012 guide now at www.rac.org/vote.