Brit Olam Needs Your Help Lobbying Our Senators

Jul 6, 2021 | Announcements

We hope that you will be interested in this important Brit Olam project:

Members of IHC with partners and allies from across the United States will meet virtually with their U.S. Senators July 26-August 6, as part of the Reform Movement’s Racial Justice Campaign advocacy efforts in support of Freedom to Vote. During the meetings we will be advocating in support of the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

We will be meeting with our Indiana Senators, Todd Young and Mike Braun. We don’t yet know the meeting date and time, but if you sign up now and later can’t make it that’s fine.

Please fill out this form to indicate your interest in participating in lobby meetings with your Senators and let us know how you would like to take part.

Even if you think the chance of positively influencing our Indiana senators is low, take part anyway. It is important that they know where we stand.

Here is more information from the RAC about this effort:

Last November, despite the pandemic and a patchwork of barriers to the ballot box across the country, more than 159 million Americans voted in the 2020 elections, the highest rates seen in over a century. However, some elected officials want to roll back this progress by creating more barriers to vote. Free, safe, and accessible elections are a central aspect of a healthy democracy. These barriers to vote include strict voter ID laws, restricting registration, reducing voting hours, eliminating polling locations, and deleting voters from registration lists. Already this year, more than 360 laws that would restrict American’s freedom to vote have been introduced in 47 states. We must ensure that all Americans can safely and freely cast their ballots so that every voice is heard and our elections reflect the will of the people.

The Reform Movement’s U.S. federal legislative priorities are the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. In Canada, we are focusing on federal mandatory minimum laws.

The For the People Act (H.R. 1/S. 1) will: (NOTE H.R. 1/S. 1 has been blocked by a filibuster but for now we will continue to advocate for it)

  • Protect our freedom to vote by making sure that registration and voting options are equally accessible across all 50 states through implementing national standards for federal elections ;
  • Make sure every voice counts equally by getting big money out of politics and stopping dark money from influencing elected officials by ensuring our political system reflects the interests of all Americans, not just those who can afford to participate; and
  • Ensure that voters pick their leaders, not the other way around by having congressional districts drawn by independent, non-partisan committees to ensure fair representation for all.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will:

  • Restore and strengthen our freedom to vote by making sure that any changes to voting rules that could discriminate against voters based on race, ethnicity, or language minority status are federally reviewed, so that everyone has an equal say in the future of the United States.

The Reform Movement has the biggest impact when we bring the collective power of the Jewish community together to advocate for legislation and policy changes. As Rabbi Hillel taught, “Do not separate yourself from the community” (Pirkei Avot 2:4). It is the duty of all who cherish democracy to ensure that all citizens are not separated from our civic community and their freedom to vote is protected. Join in this essential work to strengthen democracy, stop and help dismantle a system that for hundreds of years, has created roadblocks for People of Color to make their voices heard at the voting booth.

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1 Comment

  1. Ginger Odom

    I have been involve with some of Roc’s programming. I applaud your efforts to making voting rights accessible to all. I have begun to be involved in activities in this area. Anything else in which I can participate? I am already signed up for the DEI workshop held this summer. In the spring, I attended 2 of the 3 classes but missed the last one so I plan to repeat this? Is this the same class you offered in the Spring?

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