This week's special election in Massachusetts - to fill the seat formerly occupied by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy - has shaken things up in the Senate. The voters of Massachusetts elected Scott Brown, a Republican, over Democratic candidate Martha Coakley, thus ending the Democrats' 60-seat majority and leaving Massachusetts residents - and the rest of the country - wondering: What's next for health care?Read More
Yesterday, in one of the most far-reaching and activist Supreme Court decisions in years, five Justices unraveled campaign finance law, giving corporations and unions more power to influence elections. The antagonistically divisive 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC struck down a part of the landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation, which (among other provisions) regulated corporate spending in elections.
Under McCain-Feingold, corporations were not able to spend any funds to...Read More
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...Read More
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.
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...Read More