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. 
CLUE is joining Unite Here Local 11 to a formal community briefing that will reflect on a year like absolutely no other and chart the path forward toward organizing in a reopened economy. The past year has been a difficult journey for those who work in the hospitality and food service industries. The toll of this pandemic has been felt not only through lost jobs and closed workplaces but through friends, family, and coworkers lost far too soon. The next year will bring even more challenges and some opportunities for workers in LA County as we come together to fight for an economy that reflects the inherent worth and dignity of everyone.
Virtual Community Briefing
Tuesday, April 13th, 5-7pm via zoom. 
RSVP here, then send a quick email to jarnold@cluejustice.org to let them know you've responded. 
Save the Date: Virtual NCJW CA Lobby Day
Wednesday, May 26, 9 am - 12 pm
NCJW CA is not going to let the continuing pandemic stand in the way of our advocacy for the issues and people we care about! In fact, advocacy this year is more important than ever, so we will be holding our second virtual NCJW CA Lobby Day on May 26, 9 am-12 pm. Join us on behalf of the women, families and children of California – no experience needed. Prior to May 26, there will be training on the issues and the process of advocacy. It’s fun, important, and you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home.

NCJW CA Lobby Day 2021 will be held via Zoom. In the morning, the Executive Director of the legendary Equal Rights Advocates will talk about the remarkable coalition they lead, of which NCJW CA is a proud member, and you will hear speakers from organizations leading the fight in each of our issue areas. The do’s and don’ts of advocacy and how to be most effective in a virtual environment will also be discussed. Then, in the afternoon, members from each Section will virtually “meet” (either via Zoom or telephone) with legislators and/or legislative staff from their districts.

Registration:  Registration is free. Stay tuned for a link!
Last week the administration released its first slate of judicial nominations which includes nine women, seven of whom are women of color! The groundbreaking list of nominees includes Ketanji Brown Jackson, a nominee to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, the country’s second-highest court. NCJW supports her nomination
 
Sign NCJW’s petition to the Senate urging them to confirm fair, independent, diverse, and qualified nominees who will ensure justice for all and educate your community on why courts matter.
What is it?
This plan was announced last week and addresses long standing economic and racial inequities by focusing on transportation, caregiving, housing, school, manufacturing, water, broadband, and the power grid. While the legislation has yet to be drafted, NCJW is pleased the effort aims to bolster both our physical and technological infrastructure along with the care economy. We look forward to legislation in Congress that leads to job creation, builds roads, trains and supports home health care workers, and ensures a more equitable economy.

How does it relate to our past work?
Since the start of the pandemic, NCJW has advocated for federal legislation addressing the health and economic emergencies impacting the country and particularly women of color. Together with our network of advocates, NCJW has successfully helped inform and pass previous relief bills, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, CARES Act, HEROES Act, and the American Rescue Plan. 

What can I do now?
Take action by emailing your senators! Let them know that the significant public investment outlined in the plan is good for the economy. Underinvesting will hurt the very people harmed the most already in this crisis and prevent the country from getting back on track.
Today, President Biden announced six executive actions to reduce gun violence: 
  • limiting ghost guns (sold without serial numbers);
  • providing $5 billion for community violence interventions;
  • nominating a gun safety advocate to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF);
  • strengthening extreme risk laws; 
  • issuing an annual report on gun trafficking to provide data to inform life-saving solutions; and
  • addressing stabilizing braces like the shooter used in Colorado last month to turn a pistol into a rifle.