5 Ways to Advocate with NCJWSTL this Week

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Meet Your Members of MOLEG with NCJWSTL & JCRC
When: Friday, March 12 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Where: Zoom Meeting
Register Here by Wednesday, March 10

While we can’t bring you to Jefferson City, we can bring Jefferson City to you!

Please join JCRC and NCJWSTL for a special opportunity to build personal relationships with your state elected officials — those who make decisions on your behalf in Missouri’s capitol.

We will begin with an opportunity to mingle with the group and orientation to the event. Gathering in breakout rooms, you will then meet with your state representative and your state senator. After meeting with legislators, we will reconvene and learn from NCJWSTL board member, St. Louis Alderwoman, and lobbyist Sarah Wood Martin, who will tell us what to expect during the final weeks of the Missouri legislative session.

Depending on legislative developments and schedules, it may be necessary to meet with legislative staffers rather than your legislator. But that’s OK! – They work closely with the legislators and are often the point of contact for building relationships.

If you have any questions, please contact NCJWSTL Advocacy Manager, Jen Bernstein at jbernstein@ncjwstl.org

Please click here to register by Wednesday, March 10, and Meet Your Members of MOLEG.
Urge Lawmakers to Support H.R. 1 - For the People Act
Congress must pass For The People Act (H.R. 1)
A bold, comprehensive package that would enact a series of transformational democracy reforms including:

  • Modernizing voter registration by implementing online voter registration, automatic voter registration, and same-day registration
  • Restoring voting rights to individuals currently or previously incarcerated
  • Establishing two weeks of early voting for federal elections
  • Making Election Day a federal holiday
  • Increasing funds for election security
  • Requiring states to implement independent redistricting commissions

The bill would also implement campaign finance reform measures, ethics guidelines, and would override the damage done by the passage of Dirty Missouri last November.

Call your U.S. House Representative today at 1-888-246-5947 to urge them to support passing the For the People Act. More information can be found by clicking here.
Town Hall: Celebrating a Faithful Democracy as Black History
When: Thursday, February 25 | 3:30 PM CST
Where: Zoom Meeting

Join us for our final Black History Month educational event in 2021, when we celebrate the legacy of Black People and People of Color by learning more about their hard-won contributions to a more faithful democracy, and what allies can do to support.

Learn how the For the People Act (referenced above) would carry forward the legacy of Black History with transformational federal democracy reforms that protect voting rights and make our democratic systems more inclusive. This faith-based Town Hall will look at the racial equity benefits of the bill, how it complements the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and the urgency of passage for some of our most severely gerrymandered states, like Missouri.

Click here to RSVP and join NCJW for a special event hosted by Faithful Democracy and our coalition partners to celebrate the impact of Black History on our democracy.
State of Roe in MO: Update from Jeff City and the Courts
When: Thursday, March 4 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM CST
Where: Zoom Meeting

Please join MO Representative Ian Mackey, MO Senator Doug Beck, and Sara Baker, Legislative and Policy Director with American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, for an update on the status of reproductive healthcare legislation in the current Missouri legislative session and pending Missouri reproductive healthcare litigation. If you care about reproductive justice, you do NOT want to miss this event.

Please register in advance to join by clicking here.
March Virtual Lunch and Learn: Police Violence & Reform with Detective Sgt. Heather Taylor & Lt. Ray Rice
When: Thursday, March 18 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST
Where: Zoom Meeting

We are very excited to welcome two very dynamic speakers who will help us learn how to effectively advocate for police reform.

As president of the Ethical Society of Police, Sgt. Heather Taylor has been an outspoken advocate for change. She’s spoken out about racism in the department and misinformation from her superiors. Sgt. Taylor spoke up when she felt the department’s COVID-19 policies were endangering officers earlier this spring. After 20 years, she has retired and moved to Florida but is still advocating for change in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

In St. Louis County, Lieutenant Ray Rice is also working for changes in how the department focuses on the community. He has over 20 years of law enforcement experience with the St. Louis County Police Department and is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Lindenwood University. He teaches graduate-level courses in Leadership, Ethics, Race Crime and Punishment, and Labor Relations. Lt. Rice regularly participates in forum discussions with legislators and community stakeholders to discuss the role of law enforcement in social change and how all parties can better serve the community by working together.

To RSVP, please contact Jen Bernstein at jbernstein@ncjwstl.org.
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The Great Divide: Race in our Region - A Racial Equity Series with NCJWSTL & JCRC
When: March 10, April 14, May 12 | 12:00 PM CST
Where: Zoom Meeting

Join the interfaith community for four conversations on ways systemic racism permeates our city and region. We will learn background from topic experts, hear stories of people directly impacted, and learn ways we can take action together.

Each session begins at 12:00 PM CST and will last an hour. All are welcome to stay after the program for discussion.


Topics:
  • March 10 - Healthcare
  • April 14 - Environmental Justice
  • May 12 - Court Systems

You don't want to miss this series. To register for these sessions please click here.
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Interesting Reading

Jennifer Carroll Foy almost died after childbirth because like many Black women, her pain was dismissed. Her personal experience is part of why she's running to be the nation's first Black woman governor.

Click here to read Laura Bassett's article for ELLE about Carroll Foy's harrowing pregnancy story, in which she almost died after giving birth because, as is the case for many Black women, white doctors and nurses downplayed and dismissed her excruciating postpartum pain.
Other NCJW Section Events
Please join the NCJW Peninsula Section for "Ties that Bind the Black and Jewish Communities" in honor of Black History Month on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 11:00 AM CST.

This virtual event will feature Ambassador Susan Johnson Cook, the first female and Black American to hold the position of U.S. Ambassador to International Religious Freedom and Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, past president of the Cantors Assembly and the founder of "Voices for Change," an interfaith, multi-racial video which brings Black music minsters and Jewish cantors together to lift their voices in unity following the murder of George Floyd.

To register, you must call the NCJW Peninsula office at 516-569-3660 and they will email you the Zoom link for the program.