Taking Action from 7256 Miles Away

January 6, 2010

New York State has banned discrimination against the transgender community in the workplace and the District of Columbia legalized same-sex marriage in the past few weeks. But in Uganda, proposed legislation would make homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment or death.

Here in the United States it is difficult to imagine a law of this sort in play, and many religious leaders and organizations nationwide have come out against the measure as the violation of human rights that it is.

Particularly in the Jewish community, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and other advocacy organizations have called on our government to condemn the bill and use its influence to oppose the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Check out American Jewish World Service's op-ed featured in the Jewish Daily Forward, encouraging us all to challenge this blatant hatred and violation of human rights. We as Jews must speak out.

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