Weekly Advocacy Wrap-Up: March 5
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: 
#RuthsRevolution Continues: An Exploration of Reproductive Freedom in Honor of Justice Ginsburg
Monday, March 15 at 4:30pm ET/ 1:30pm PT 

On what would have been Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 88th birthday, NCJW advocates and friends will celebrate her incredible legacy and how we continue in her footsteps. We are excited to convene a powerhouse group of interfaith and intergenerational panelists to explore the ongoing impact of abortion bans and restrictions on reproductive health, rights, and justice, with special attention to how these affect Black, Indigenous, and people of color as well as those working to make ends meet. Register here.
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.
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.

NCJW Inc. is partnering with
Sephardic International Heritage DC to offer 
Thursday, March 11 from 11 am - noon PT
All Above All, a coalition comprised of more than 100 national, state and regional partner organizations committed to restoring federal funding for abortion, including NCJW, Inc. is leading the fight to remove massive barriers to abortion care. You can help! Tell President Biden to take immediate action so people of color working to make ends meet can get the abortion care they need. Sign this digital postcard to President Biden: https://p2a.co/ygbqa7p?p2asource=NARAL. For more information, check the attached PDF
Watch the recording of our Reproductive Justice: Rights & Access at Risk Panel Discussion click here.
What is it?
Two gun safety bills were introduced in the House and Senate on March 2. These measures would address the deadly “Charleston” loophole that allows a gun sale to proceed if a background check has not been completed in three days, extending the time frame for law enforcement. Keep an eye out tomorrow, as another similar bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate.

How does it relate to our past work?
NCJW supports legislation to curb gun violence and championed both of these measures when they were introduced in the last Congress. The Background Checks Expansion Act was an NCJW Washington Institute 2019 lobby issue.

What can I do now?
Call your lawmakers (#202-224-3121) to encourage support using this call script:

Hi, my name is [name], and I am a National Council of Jewish Women advocate from [city, state]. As a constituent, I urge you to support universal background checks and closing the Charleston loophole. Gun violence is the leading cause of death for American children and teens. These measures, overwhelmingly supported by the public, would save lives and protect our communities.