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ADVOCACY

For 120 years, NCJW has been at the forefront of social change. Our collective voice has changed the world for the better, impacting the lives of women, children, and families in the U.S. and in Israel.

Beth Salamon, State Public Affairs

State Policy Advocacy chairs (SPAs) serve as liaisons between NCJW and sections on legislative issues and represent NCJW on state policy issues. SPAs monitor statewide legislation and public policy issues, coordinate statewide legislative initiatives, and establish lines of communication with both state and national legislators on behalf of NCJW.

We are looking forward to new and exciting information coming from Beth during her three-year term. You will be notified via email when legislation on issues of concern to NCJW is pending and needs your support.

NCJW’s advocacy programs integrate education with social action. We champion issues important to us and our community: Well-being of women, children, and families (with a focus on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse & Neglect); Individual and civil rights and freedoms; Healthcare Reform; Programs in Israel; Reproductive Rights;  Social Justice; Services to Seniors; and, Welfare Reform.

Current Actions

Candidate, Judicial, and Educational Forums

The Louisville Section develops programs for the community on pertinent issues such as Domestic Violence and Child Abuse & Neglect; co-hosted with the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) in 2014 for a Candidates Forum; and Women’s Lawyers Assn. of Jefferson County for a Judicial Forum, which served as an opportunity to hear from judicial candidates for District, Family and Circuit Courts, and Courts of Appeals.

David Richart Committee

This working group develops special projects to promote the just treatment of Kentucky’s abused and neglected children. For example, the David Richart Committee, established in 2012, has held public forums to educate the public about the workings of the child welfare system and sponsored an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief to Kentucky’s appellate court supporting transparency (open records) in child fatality review. The committee is named for the nationally-recognized late (2011) founder of Kentucky Youth Advocates who was mentored by NCJW, Louisville Section members using materials from NCJW National.

Jefferson Family Recovery Court (JFRC)

Jefferson Family Recovery Court focuses directly on families struggling with dependency by creating opportunities for parents to recover and be reunited with their children. This voluntary, court-supervised program provides services to actively engage participants in their recovery and celebrate their milestones towards long-term success. Thank you to all of our donors who made this a reality.

Your Voice is Important

Speak out and make a difference with NCJW. The power of social action is in its numbers. Speak out to save fundamental rights and freedoms by signing up for NCJW’s Action Center at www.action.ncjw.org/signup. And be sure to check out the national website, www.ncjw.org, which has tools- such as sample letters- and resources to help you stand up, speak out, and make a difference. Congressional staffers read, log, and report on input they receive especially from constituents. Letters, faxes, and emails are all valuable ways of communicating with legislators — but emails are an effective way to weigh in when time is of the essence. You may also call your legislators via the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. As with letters be clear, concise, and be prepared to leave your contact information.