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Washington Weekly E-Newsletter

July 21, 2017
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Table of Contents

  1. Capitol Hill Updates
  2. NCJW Resources & Opportunities
  3. ACA Repeal is Imminent – Unless We Act NOW!
  4. Partnership to Combat Hate
  5. Have Professional Photography from Section Events?
  6. NCJW Sign-On Letters and Amicus Briefs

This week NCJW signed on to five coalition letters

Capitol Hill Updates

Highlights include: 

u  The Fight to Save Health Care Continues

u  Dream Act Reintroduced in Congress

u  LGBTQ Data Collection

Check out the Capitol Hill Updates here!

Tip: Pull language and action ideas from Capitol Hill update to send to your NCJW section and networks. 

NCJW Resources and Opportunities

  1. ACA Repeal is Imminent – Unless We Act NOW!

House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is at it again ­— holding backdoor meetings with key Republican senators who have not yet committed to vote for his plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a morally bankrupt “alternative.” He is intent on a holding a vote as early as Monday, and he only needs 51 votes for it to move forward. In an attempt to win votes, McConnell is proposing to give $200 billion to states that expanded Medicaid.

We know the ACA can be fixed and strengthened. Any attempt to rip coverage away from millions and undermine the Medicaid program must be rejected. 

Take Action: Three ways to STOP ACA repeal:

  1. Call your senatorsusing this sample script:

Hi, my name is [NAME], and I am an NCJW activist living in [your city, state].

I urge you to vote no on the “motion to proceed” to a vote on the floor of the US Senate on health care repeal. Protect our care by rejecting any attempt to repeal or repeal and delay health care, as doing so would create instability in the insurance market and throw millions of Americans off their health insurance.

  1. Attend a local #ProtectOurCare Rally.Check out what’s happening in your community!
  2. Share your storyby completing the short form offered by our coalition partner, Families USA. 

And this week, we can do more than just advocate against BAD health care — we can advocate for GOOD health care!

u  In January and March of this year, legislation was introduced in the House and the Senate (HR 676/ S 1782) that would expand Medicare to include all Americans. This health model is often referred to as a “single payer” system. On Monday, July 24, #Medicare4All is hosting rallies around the country to show public support for a health care system that serves all, regardless of income. 

u  Read more about #Medicare4All here and find an event near you.

  1. Partnership to Combat Hate

NCJW is a partner in Communities Against Hate, a diverse coalition whose goals are to document hate and demand action. A wave of hate broke over the US following the 2016 elections, affecting people from all walks of life, all across the country. Communities Against Hate is the response — a national initiative to document stories and respond to incidents of violence, threats, and property damage motivated by hate in the United States. If you’ve witnessed or experienced a hate incident, share your story. By reporting what happened, you can educate the public, empower others, show service providers where help is needed, and strengthen our advocacy.

  1. Have Professional Photography from Section Events?

Do you have high resolution photos taken with a DSLRcamera? Our new NCJW website is launching soon and we want to feature your amazing work! Send those photos over to the Communications Department – ASAP.

NCJW Sign-On Letters and Amicus Briefs

u  On July 17, NCJW and 21 other women’s and reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations sent a letter organized by the National Women’s Law Center urging the Senate to oppose the nomination of Damien Schiff to a 15-year term on the United States Court of Federal Claims. 

u  On July 10, NCJW and 25 other organizations sent a letter organized by Demos, Every Voice, People for the American Way to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing federal court nominees John Bush and Damien Schiff based on the nominees’ troubling views on money in politics. 

u  On July 18, almost 200 organizations including NCJW sent a letter organized by the National Immigrant Justice Center asking lawmakers to oppose additional funding for immigrant detention beds.

u  On July 18, NCJW joined more than 200 faith organizations and faith leaders on a letter to members of Congress to support funding for refugee protection and resettlement, and to oppose funding for the administration’s mass deportation force, for expanded immigration detention, and for border militarization.

u  On July 20, NCJW joined 23 faith organizations led by the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism on a letter to members of the House of Representatives urging them not to fund the Pence-Kobach Election Integrity Commission.  

Visit bit.ly/NCJWAdvocacy for the sign-on letters and amicus briefs signed by NCJW this year. 

Tip: Share NCJW ideas and resources to other leaders across the country on this listserv by sending an email to ncjwaction@googlegroups.com!

Visit NCJW Advocacy Resources folder for past copies of Washington Weekly, NCJW Poster Templates, and more.

Thank you for being leaders for social change!
Please contact Ari Conrad at 
ari@ncjwdc.org with any questions.

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Shabbat Shalom! Just a friendly weekend reminder to everyone – but especially to the senators set on dismantling health care.
NCJW Press Statements
green_arrow.gif After Demise of Senate Effort to Replace Health Care, NCJW Vows Vigilance
“The attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act has temporarily died in the Senate, saving health care for millions. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is proud to have played a part in mobilizing opposition to the disastrous plans put forward in the House and then the Senate.”
green_arrow.gif DREAM Act Introduction an Important Step Forward for Immigration Reform
“We are all of equal worth, regardless of our immigration status. NCJW pledges to continue its efforts to pass this bill and achieve much-needed just and humane immigration reform.”
green_arrow.gif Senate’s Confirmation of John Bush to Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Is Dangerous for All Americans
“The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has worked for more than two decades to promote a fair and balanced federal bench that upholds the rights of women, LGBTQ individuals, and beyond, and is outraged by the confirmation of an individual who represents nothing less than pure disdain for such rights.”
Judicial nominee John Bush may have been confirmed, but fellow extremist Damien Schiff has yet to be – tell your senators to oppose him! 
Do you have professional photography from section events?

(i.e.: high resolution photos taken with a DSLR camera)

Our new NCJW website is launching soon and we want to feature your amazing work! Send those photos over to the Communications Department – ASAP.

Thank you 👍📷😎

NCJW In The News
green_arrow.gif NCJW searches for nominations
July 19, 2017: Cleveland, OH – CJN
“NCJW/Cleveland seeks nominations of people who are living with disabilities or people who have been instrumental in the success of another person with special needs.” Nominees will be honored at a gala in November. Pictured below: NCJW/Cleveland members.
 Beth Sholom Congregation: A look back over its 100-year history in Frederick
July 14, 2017: Frederick, MD – The Frederick News Post
When Beth Sholom Congregation started in 1917, they had no space to call their own. But, “thanks to efforts by the local members associated with the National Council of Jewish Women and the Weinberg family, which bought a building downtown and donated it to the congregation, plans took shape.” 100 years later, the congregation (pictured below) now has over 200 families and a second location.
 NCJW/Essex Books and Bites Event to Feature Author and Activist
July 19, 2017: Livingston, NJ – TAP into Livingston
“Author Lois Schaffer (pictured left) will lead a discussion about her book, The Unthinkable: Life, Loss, and a Mother’s Mission to Ban Illegal Guns, at a special Books and Bites discussion group hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) on Wednesday, September 13.”