The NCJW Mission statement defines and shapes our advocacy program:
“NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.”
Palm Beach section is noted for its very active advocacy program spanning a broad range of issues and activities.
We work in coalition with other partners, such as Planned Parenthood and the League of Women Voters (LWV) to ensure that we have a strong, united voice in the community for progressive change. Recently, we have:
- Organized and co-chaired, with LWV, a Candidates Forum for state and local candidates in the November2012 election.
- As part of the South Florida Coalition, the section participated in an awareness campaign on ballot amendments that threatened to limit reproductive rights and damage the separation between religion and state. The Coalition was honored at the National NCJW Convention in March 2013 for this work.
- Held an annual Friday Film program on important issues, such as abortion rights, sex trafficking, domestic violence, the plight of the Agunah. Frequently we have expert speakers to accompany the films.
- Attended the NCJW Washington Institute 2013, where we advocated with our Congressional representatives on immigration issues, combating gun violence and abortion rights.
- Advocated with our State representatives in Tallahassee in March 2013 on pending legislation, including bills to protect women from employment discrimination during pregnancy and the LGBT community from discrimination. We have also worked to get Florida to pass the ERA amendment.
- Co-chaired (with LWV) the Voters Rights Coalition that successfully lobbied to get state legislation to correct some of the problems in the 2012 election.
Our upcoming special events:
“Out of Bondage: Combating Sex Trafficking in South Florida”, a free symposium which will spotlight the hidden, but growing problem of sex trafficking of minors in Florida, will be held on January 21, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Temple Torah of West Boynton Beach located at 8600 Jog Road, Boynton Beach. Pre-registration is required. REGISTER at: tinyurl.com/Jan21symposium. Check out the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/235922609894790
Voters Rights Coalition event, January 29, 2014, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Lantana Branch Library, on “The Hidden Injustice: the Disfranchisement of Ex-felons in Florida” panel discussion by experts.
February 14 – Friday Film: The Forgotten Refugees, a film about he mass exodus of Jews from Arab Countries and Iran in the 20th century (location – TBA)
Tallahassee Lobby Days – April 2nd and 3rd.
Come join the Advocacy Committee – you can do as little or as much as you want. In any case, it is a very
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NCJW continues to actively advocate in Tallahassee and in Washington, D.C. on behalf of women, children and families.
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