Weekly Advocacy Wrap-Up: February 5
Torah Study with Rabbi Scott Fox,
Temple Israel Long Beach
Saturday, February 13 at 8:45 am on Zoom
NCJW has organized a nationwide Shabbat on February 12-13 to discuss women's reproductive rights. As part of our section’s programming on this issue, we are partnering with Temple Israel Long Beach. In honor of this Shabbat, and inspired by the content of the Torah Portion, Mishpatim, that week, Rabbi Fox will dedicate Saturday morning Torah Study at Temple Israel to this special Shabbat. Come learn and discuss Jewish views on reproductive rights with the Temple Israel community. All are welcome.   

Reproductive Justice: Rights & Access At Risk
Monday, February 22 at 7 pm on Zoom

NCJW Greater Long Beach & West Orange County is excited to host a virtual panel discussion about reproductive health, rights, and justice. Dr. Michele Bratcher Goodwin will discuss the shocking, wrongful criminalization impacting women of color in all aspects of reproductive health and motherhood in the U.S., as described in her book “Policing the Womb.” Shannon Olivieri Hovis will talk about legislative priorities around reproductive justice for 2021. And Nourbese Flint will discuss Black women’s health issues, and struggles for access to care for low-income and women of color. We will learn how we can be allies and advocates for reproductive justice.

Register here: 
Israel is gearing up for yet another round of elections. Meretz has two top-five female candidates on its slate for the March 23 balloting, Tamar Zandberg (#2), who is Jewish Israeli, and Ghaida Renawie Zoabi (#4), who is Palestinian-Arab Israeli. The Women’s Initiative at Partners for Progressive Israel is hosting a webinar with both of these women in conversation on Wednesday, February 10th at 12:30 pm ETco-hosted with the National Council of Jewish Women.

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. Here is a list of items that are needed as well.


Needed items:
  • blankets for twins and queen size beds (new or gently used)
  • sheets for twins and queen size beds (new or very gently used)
  • towels & washcloths for showers and face (new only)
  • plastic tupperware 
  • toaster (2) 
  • microwave (1) 
  • shampoos and body wash
  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • toilet paper (big demand)
  • semi-gloss white paint for bathroom and kitchen 
  • dry food for pantry
  • Gift Cards in $25 amounts to Ralphs & Target

Contact Section member Naomi Steinfeld at info@ncjwlongbeach.org or
(657) 235-2511 to arrange pick up or drop off by Feb. 12th
Kroger decided to permanently shut down two stores in Long Beach yesterday in response to the city's passing a hazard pay ordinance of an additional $4 per hour for grocery workers in the next 120 days.

This decision is inhumane and immoral because Kroger doubled their profits in 2020 but claimed that they cannot afford to pay hazard pay for their workers. While closing the two stores serving predominantly Black and Brown communities of Long Beach, they also donated $3 million in the name of racial equity on the same day. This is performative activism that is destructive to our community!

All of our faith traditions call us to value the preciousness and dignity of human lives above all else. We have been calling grocery workers our heroes. It is time for us to stand in support of our heroes and to demand these stores keep open.

Crisis in California for Women, Families and Children: Food and Housing Insecurity and Childcare Deficiency--
What We Can Do 
February 10, 1 - 2 pm
NCJW California invites you to a webinar exploring critical issues facing women, families and children in California, all of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising to the top of these issues are housing and food insecurity and lack of a childcare system that works.

Experts will provide context on these issues and propose policy and legislative solutions. These discussions will prepare us to engage in more informed and deeper advocacy in advance of our annual lobby day and beyond. All are welcome. Please pass this information along.

Speakers:
  • Caroline Danielson, Policy Director and Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
  • Mike Herald, Director of Policy Advocacy, Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Mary Ignatius, Statewide Organizer, Parent Voices

Click here to register: https://forms.gle/2zcQURzfpMDY3ego8
Refugee and Asylum Policy 
Where Do Things Stand Today? • What Lies Ahead? • What Can We Do To Shape The Future? • What Can We Expect From the Biden Administration?
Thursday, February 11 at noon
OCJCR is pleased to present a panel of legal and policy experts to discuss current protocols and future goals for refugee children, asylum seekers on our southern border, and would-be refugees seeking to resettle in the United States from the Muslim world.

Attendees will develop an understanding of the current state of asylum law and refugee programs. You will also gain insights as to how to partner with the Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees to advocate for the protection of vulnerable refugees and displaced persons.

Click here for detailed information about this event. Registration is required in advance to receive the Zoom link.