These Advocacy Alerts will guide you in easy steps to allow your voices to be heard and work for systemic change from the comfort of your own home.
Criminal Justice Reform – Town Hall Meeting 01/18/17
The Justice Reinvestment Task Force has been charged by Governor Edwards with taking a hard look at what is working and what is broken in the Louisiana criminal justice system and developing policy recommendations for the legislature. Join a town hall meeting to hear from stakeholders and community members:
New Orleans Town Hall Meeting on Justice Reinvestment
Wednesday, January 18, 5PM to 8PM
New Orleans Regional Planning Commission
10 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124
Israel Fires – ONGOING
For over six days Israel has been engulfed in devastating fires forcing hundreds of families to abandon their homes on the front lines.
Since Tuesday, November 22:
- Over 32,000 acres of forests destroyed by fires set by arsonists.
- Fires have threatened homes in Haifa, the area surrounding Jerusalem, and communities in West Bank.
- In Haifa alone, 700 homes have been damaged, 37 destroyed, 400 are uninhabitable, and 70,000 residents have been evacuated.
- More than 2,500 men and women have been on the front lines battling over 630 arson blazes.
- At least 569 homes burned down throughout Israel.
- 480 water tanker flights have been deployed by neighboring countries to help extinguish fires from above.
- 137 people have suffered fire-related injuries.
Jewish National Fund is on the ground today and every day building a stronger, healthier, more secure Israel. In cooperation with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL), JNF partner organizations, first-responders, and firefighting battalions, JNF is working to address both the immediate needs and those that will arise tomorrow for the land and people of Israel.
Jewish National Fund is raising money to help those affected by the fires.
Global Refugee Crisis – ONGOING
Heeding Rabbi Berk’s Rosh Hashana call to action on the global refugee crisis, make your voice heard with HIAS now.
Join thousands of American Jews in calling on the government to keep the gates of the United States open to refugees. Sign the petition at http://www.hias.org/open-gates-refugees !
Click HERE for information about volunteer opportunities, donations, and more.
Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals – ONGOING
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director or the URJ Religious Action Center, “sent a letter to President Obama urging him to take swift action to protect those who have applied or participated in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to not face deportation for simply seeking access. DACA was created in 2012 by executive order to allow the more than 700,000 DREAMers — undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children — access to a work visa. DACA did not create a pathway to citizenship nor legal immigration status, which only Congress can do, but it did allow many people to be able to work and contribute to society out of the shadows. And, it allows law enforcement to focus on undocumented immigrants who pose security threats, not those who came to the U.S. through no fault of their own, and who know no other home but here.
Now, all those who have sought to participate in DACA are vulnerable. Their names and contact information are now known to the federal government, and if the succeeding administration seeks to deport all undocumented immigrants as was stated during the campaign, the DACA program provides a robust list. President Obama must act swiftly to ensure that DREAMers who participated in DACA do not face deportation for simply seeking to work and give back to society.
Read Rabbi Pesner’s letter, HERE.
You can take action and call on President Obama to to protect DREAMers and ensure our nation lives up to its proud history as a nation of immigrants. Sign the petition HERE.
Louisiana Flood Relief – ONGOING
Click HERE for more information on how you can assist the Louisiana flood victims.
The URJ Religious Action Center
The URJ Religious Action Center (RAC) Resource Center is intended to help keep Reform Jews informed about issues that matter most to our Movement and empower our action.
The URJ will update this information on-going so be sure to visit the site frequently.
Israeli Religious Action Center
The public and legal advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, IRAC was founded in 1987 with the goals of advancing pluralism in Israeli society and defending the freedoms of conscience, faith, and religion. Today IRAC is the preeminent civil and human rights organization in Israel focusing on the issues of religion and state and is the leading Jewish organization that advocates on behalf of a broadly inclusive Israeli democracy, infusing social justice advocacy with the spiritual energy and humane worldview of Progressive Judaism.
Smart on Crime
Members of the congregation met recently with Michael Cowan of Common Good, who provided education about the “Smart on Crime” initiative aimed toward reducing incarceration numbers. He informed the group of pending legislation on sentencing reform, re-entry programs and related criminal justice issues. Be on the lookout for information in future Touro communications on how you can help advocate for these reforms. For more information about the “Smart on Crime” initiative please visit www.smartoncrimela.com.
Together, we can make a difference. In addition to the advocacy alerts above, you can sign up to get direct alerts about issues closest to your heart and mind. Below are a list of websites that correspond with Touro initiatives and where you can sign up to receive direct advocacy alerts.
Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Everytown for Gun Safety
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Forum For Equality
For general alerts on a broad array of issues affecting civil liberties:
ACLU of Louisiana
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