Weekly Advocacy Wrap-Up: January 8
Following the events of this week, National Council of Jewish Women prepared the following official statement:

National Council of Jewish Women Calls for Removal of President Trump 

WASHINGTON – National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) calls for the removal of President Trump. In response to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, NCJW CEO Sheila Katz released the following statement: 

“For more than 125 years, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has worked tirelessly to ensure that every person can cast a vote and have their vote counted, including working to pass the 19th Amendment, fighting for the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, and expanding access to the ballot today. Yesterday’s effort to thwart the will of the people, interrupting Congressional efforts to certify the results of the Electoral College at the suggestion of the president, strikes at the very core of our democracy. It was voter suppression plain and simple.  

“This attack on our democratic process was encouraged and incited by the President and it must not go unanswered. We demand the immediate resignation or removal of President Trump, who incited and encouraged violence as a form of attempted voter suppression of 80 million people, including people of color and historically marginalized populations who voted in record numbers this election. The actions of the crowd, draped in racist, white supremacist and antisemitic clothing and flags, endangered the lives of everyone present in the Capitol. Furthermore, President Trump refused to de-escalate the crisis and instead effectively showed approval for the destruction within the Capitol Building and the disruption of the process of counting Electoral College votes. 

“If President Trump remains in office, we cannot trust that he will not attempt to once again overthrow the results of the election, engage in mass voter suppression, and incite more violence. 

“NCJW calls for prosecution of the domestic terrorists who broke federal law and threatened the safety of all present in the Capitol and demands an investigation into why the city of DC’s request to deploy the National Guard in advance of planned violence was denied until it was too late.  

“Just months ago, peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters a mere two miles away near the White House were attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets, and arrested in large numbers. Peaceful protestors were met with violence, but yesterday the domestic terrorists who destroyed property, trespassed, instigated violence, and violated federal laws while attempting to overthrow a fairly decided election were able to walk away. The reason is clear: systemic racism. We must do better. NCJW will work with our advocates across the country, our partners, and our elected officials to demand justice. 

“At NCJW, we value our constitutional protections that are echoed in our Jewish values --safeguarding our bodily autonomy, securing our right to a fair election, and ensuring the safety of all people in this country. President Trump has proven he is not fit to uphold our laws and it is time for him to resign or be removed from office before he can cause any more damage.” 

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National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 180,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.
Welcome to Paradise: Refugees at Home in LA
Wednesday, January 13 at 2 pm PT
The events of the past week underline just how critical it is that we continue the conversation on what it means to be American, and further why we must continue the fight to welcome the stranger. Please join HIAS and the Holocaust Museum LA for Welcome to Paradise: Refugees at Home in LA on this coming Wednesday January 13th at 2pm PT, the first of a series inspiring stories of refugees who we welcomed to America and now give so much back to our region.

Please also urge your clergy to sign a critical National Jewish Clergy Letter for rabbis and cantors asking the incoming Biden Administration to act with urgency to ensure the rights and safety of refugees and asylum seekers.
Monday, January 18, the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) is offering a Day of Service to celebrate and honor the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Learn more here. You can do your part by contributing to the Alpert Jewish Community Center's Non-Perishable Food Drive. They have partnered with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS), and JCC Cares to make this happen! 
Help feed communities throughout the Greater Long Beach area, especially during Covid-19, offering each one of us the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.

Here is a list of in-demand items: 
  • Canned Vegetables, Beans and Fruits
  • Canned Fish and Meat: Tuna, Chicken, etc. 
  • Household Items: Paper Products, Personal Hygiene, Cleaning Supplies, Baby Supplies, Laundry Supplies)
  • Cereal and Breakfast Foods
  • Peanut Butter
  • Boxed and Canned Meals: Soup, Mac & Cheese, Hamburger Helper, 
  • Tuna Helper
  • Powdered, Canned or Shelf-Stable Milk
  • Juice ... shelf-stable plastic bottles or juice boxes

All donations may be dropped off in boxes provided near the Health Screen area between the hours of 8 am – 5 pm at the AJCC. Gayle Ehrenberg, RSVP Director, gehrenberg@alpertjcc.org, 562-506-2801 or 562-426-7601 ext 1013. Thank you for joining the fight against hunger in Long Beach.