Weekly Advocacy Wrap-Up: April 2
Our 75th Anniversary Year Continues!
Activism is All in the Family:
Honoring the Manheim Family
Sunday, April 25 at 1 PM PDT

JOIN NCJW Greater Long Beach and West Orange County for a VERY special event honoring our long-time member Sylvia Manheim and her family – 3 generations of activists! – who will inspire us with their stories and accomplishments in social activism and social responsibility.
Sylvia, a 50-year member of NCJW; her son Karl, a constitutional law professor; her daughter Lisa, an artist and yoga therapist; her daughter Camryn, an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor; and grandsons, exemplify the mission and goals of NCJW. This family personifies, each member in their own way, a commitment to tikkun olam, healing/repairing the world and to the work of improving the lives of women, children and families and safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

It’s sure to be a fascinating program! Help us celebrate the past 75 years in greater Long Beach and West Orange County and insure our continued good work by making a generous contribution. Although there is no set charge, we suggest a donation of 36.00. 
Thank you for voting and, if you participated, for sending letters to encourage so many––nearly 18 million–– fellow voters to participate in our democracy in 2020. We saw record voter turnout in November.

We’re writing “thank you for voting” letters to voters in Georgia and Virginia who cast 2020 general election ballots either for the first time or for the first time in a while. THESE LETTERS NEED TO BE MAILED BY APRIL 15th. These letters will be different in a few ways:

  • We’re going to thank first-time and infrequent voters who cast ballots in 2020, and encourage them to vote again.
  • Our personal messages will be about why we voted in 2020.

To get started, please click here and then click the “View all active campaigns” link to adopt voters from another campaign. As a non-profit, we need to select campaigns marked “social”.
Support Grocery Workers in Long Beach
Our partner, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), is asking us to sign a petition in support of grocery workers in Long Beach. Kroger has permanently shut down two grocery stores in Long Beach in direct response to the Long Beach City Council passing a $4 per hour temporary Hazard Pay ordinance for these workers. By signing this petition, we are telling Kroger’s CEO Rodney McMullen that it is unacceptable to eliminate jobs for predominantly Black and brown workers in Long Beach during a pandemic. Sign the petition here.
What is it?
On March 30, President Biden released his intent to nominate 11 judicial candidates, including nominations to the DC Circuit and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. Of the 11 candidates, 10 are lifetime appointments on the federal bench. NCJW is pleased to see the president holding to his past public commitments by releasing one of the most diverse nomination slates in US history. Two of the three women nominated to circuit courts are Black women: Ketanji Brown Jackson to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, the second-highest court in the country, and Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (currently an all-white court). It has been nearly ten years since a Black woman was confirmed to any circuit court. NCJW supports Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination.

How does it relate to our past work?
For the past 20 years, National Council of Jewish Women has been a leading voice in the fight to ensure a fair and independent judiciary with an unwavering commitment to constitutional rights. Our powerful grassroots network educates their communities about the importance of the federal judiciary and advocates for court vacancies to be filled by nominees who are fair, independent, and qualified, and that our federal bench reflects the diverse communities it serves.

What can I do now?
This week’s slate is an exciting start, but our work is only just beginning. Sign NCJW’s petition to the Senate urging them to confirm fair, independent, diverse, and qualified nominees who will ensure justice for all. Educate your community on why courts matter, and check NCJW’s CourtsMatter website often for updates on judicial nominations.