Weekly Advocacy Wrap-Up: February 26
Saturday, March 6 | 8pm ET | Virtual Gathering

Come together with hundreds of fellow refugee advocates and activists across the globe to send out Shabbat with a joyful havdalah service (the service that marks the conclusion of Shabbat). 

Advance registration required. Please click here to RSVP.
Welcoming the Stranger - 2021
Immigration: Hope for a New Start
Sunday, March 7 at 3 pm on Zoom

The program will feature speakers on 
  • the status of the Biden Administration's Immigration Bill and its impact on the undocumented, Dreamers, TPS recipients and others 
  • the situation at the United States — Mexico border and the current policies regarding refugees and asylum seekers 
  • the opportunity for local and national advocacy 

Questions can be addressed to advocacy@ncjwlongbeach.org

Register here: 
Let your Member of Congress Know You Support Refugees and Asylum Seekers

NCJW Greater Long Beach & West Orange County is participating in HIAS’ Welcome to Congress campaign. To begin 2021, we want to welcome the new Congress to Washington DC and tell them their constituents want them to prioritize the rights, dignity and safety of refugees and asylum seekers this year. To communicate this, we are collecting signatures on an online welcome card which will be shared with our members of Congress, along with asking for an opportunity to meet.

Our Section is now listed on the Welcome to Congress site. Click here, select National Council of Jewish Women Greater Long Beach and West Orange County in the drop down menu and fill out the form.

We will be sure the card with your signature gets to your Member of Congress. Please support refugees and asylum seekers by signing on.
Several churches in the Los Angeles / San Bernardino area have converted or are in the process of converting unused space into temporary shelters for immigrants.
 
Church Shelters will soon House 24 Immigrants:  Three shelters are currently housing nine (9) immigrants, mostly asylum seekers who have never lived in the USA. Three others will soon welcome an additional fifteen (15) immigrants released from Adelanto.
 
NCJW GLB & WOC’s partner CLUE has an Instrumental Role:  
CLUE helps shelters convert their space and assists them in all phases of operations. Setting up and operating shelters requires money and cash donations are always welcome.

Homelessness 411: Resources and Opportunities in Greater Long Beach and Orange County
Sunday, March 21 at 4 pm on Zoom
A community event on the topic of housing/homelessness
co-sponsored by NCJW and League of Women Voters Long Beach Area. Speakers will include representatives from United Way of Long Beach and Orange County, providers of affordable housing and community services. 
 
If you have ever wondered:
  • What is affordable housing and how is it funded?
  • How does supportive housing work?
  • What community services are available to help people?
  • How can I get involved?
  • Where can I donate?

Plan to attend this informative workshop --everyone is welcome!
For further information email info@ncjwlongbeach.org or
Phone: (657) 235-2511.
Recording of Let's Talk about Jewish Teen Hookup Culture, February 22, 2021

On Monday, Jewish Women’s Archive hosted the Rising Voices Fellowship alumnae behind Jewish Teens for Empowered Consent (JTEC) for a conversation with NCJW’s CEO Sheila Katz about toxic hookup culture and issues of consent in Jewish teen spaces. If you missed the event, watch the recording to catch up on this important issue and these inspiring young women.

Learn more about JTEC and follow @jews4empoweredconsent 
on Instagram.
What is it?
Since taking office, President Biden has taken steps to reverse some of the previous administration’s harmful policies, but there is so much more that needs to be done. For the past year, low-wage workers, immigrants, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, AAPI, and LGBTQ communities have borne the brunt of the pandemic, on top of the systemic inequalities they already face. That’s why the All* Above All coalition, of which NCJW is a member, launched a postcard campaign calling on President Biden to take immediate, meaningful action to ensure people can access abortion care. No one should be denied abortion coverage because of where they live, how much money they earn, or how they get their health insurance.

How does it relate to our past work?
In addition to our long-standing efforts to protect abortion access, NCJW’s current Top 10 Priorities for the First 100 Days of the Biden-Harris administration include
  • Submitting a clean budget without abortion coverage restrictions
  • Lifting medically unnecessary restrictions on medication abortion
These essential items are included in All* Above All’s First 100 Days Agenda for Abortion Justice and the Blueprint Coalition’s First Priorities(both endorsed by NCJW). 

What can I do now?
Use NCJW's unique link to send a postcard to President Biden today and urge him to both lift medically unnecessary restrictions on medication abortion and write a budget without Hyde or abortion coverage bans.