JWI Decries Anti-Semitic Attacks and Calls for Appointment of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

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Washington, D.C. – Following the latest in months’ long series of anti-Semitic attacks, JWI CEO Lori Weinstein issues the following statement:

Jewish Women International (JWI) decries the latest in months of anti-Semitic attacks. Be it desecration of our cemeteries or bomb threats to our schools and community centers, this is a whole-sale attack, threatening every level of our Jewish families and community. 

President Trump, we call on you to speak out, condemn these evil acts, and to immediately appoint your administration’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism to put into place real action that will keep our families…your family…safe. 

We know that when one minority is unsafe, no minority is safe.

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Jewish Women International (JWI) is the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against women and girls domestically and internationally. JWI is a Steering Committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and convenes the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community, and is a member of the Gun Violence Table. JWI’s advocacy efforts focus on the passage of legislation that supports women and girls, ensures their economic security, and protects their right to live free of violence. 

LET'S GET TO WORK: Civic action to-do list for 2-27-17

3. Keep Asking, Keep Talking!

Over the congressional recess last week, hundreds of representatives and senators cancelled planned town hall meetings and public events – because they don’t want to answer important questions about where we’re headed on Title IX, reproductive choice, gun violence, and violence against women programs. What does this mean? It means your voice makes the difference, but you must not stop! Download the 5 Calls app today. If you have five minutes, you can make 5 calls. Calling works.

2. Participate in A Day Without a Woman

On International Women's Day, March 8th, women and their allies will recognize women's value - along with the lower wages, greater inequities, discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity they face every day. Here's how you can join A Day Without a Woman: Shop ONLY at women-owned businesses for the day; and wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without a Woman. Tell us how YOU plan to give women the support and parity they deserve. We'll tweet your responses on March 8th. 

1. De-Politicize the Bathroom

Last Wednesday, President Trump rescinded legal protections for transgender students that guaranteed access to bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity. What can you do? First, read up on the importance of Title IX – a federal law that bans sex discrimination in education – and a personal perspective on what’s at stake for trans students. Then contact your alma mater and your local school district to find out where they stand, and encourage an inclusive position. (Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma are setting great examples.)

And for you...

Feeling stressed? Here are some apps that can relieve tension - from coloring (for adults) to meditation to... a long list of digital anti-anxiety tools.

JWI Opposes Supreme Court Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch

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CONTACT
Meredith Jacobs, VP Communications
direct: 202.464.4803// cell: 301.529.8591

Washington, D.C. – Following President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, JWI CEO Lori Weinstein issued the following statement:

At JWI, we are concerned first and foremost with the welfare of women and families. The nation’s highest court is entrusted with the protection of our constitutional rights - the very foundation of American freedom. We have made tremendous progress and we will not go back. As a Supreme Court justice, Judge Gorsuch would be a threat to the rights and safety of women and girls and an impediment to the equality of all people. 

With Judge Gorsuch, reproductive rights will be at stake. In the Hobby Lobby case, he aligned himself against women and families who rely on insurance coverage of contraception. In a separate case where a religiously-affiliated employer sought to interfere with women’s healthcare coverage, Judge Gorsuch wrote in dissent to the circuit court that ruled in favor of workers. 

Prior to his election, President Trump vowed to only nominate judges who would commit to overturning Roe v. Wade, a precedential case that protects a constitutional right women have relied on for decades.  

Judge Gorsuch’s record also shows that he favors corporate power and business interests over the rights of workers, voters, and consumers. Dismantling government regulation means that women lack recourse when facing unsafe conditions or discrimination in the workplace. Judge Gorsuch has shown that he cannot be trusted on women’s health, safety, and rights.

Women must not have their constitutional rights further imperiled by the appointment of Judge Gorsuch to our nation’s highest court.

In the end, we must remind ourselves that this nomination belonged to President Obama and not to President Trump. 

This appointment will affect not only our lives, but those of future generations. Our daughters and granddaughters deserve better.

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Jewish Women International (JWI) is the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against women and girls domestically and internationally. JWI is a Steering Committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and convenes the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community, and is a member of the Gun Violence Table. JWI’s advocacy efforts focus on the passage of legislation that supports women and girls, ensures their economic security, and protects their right to live free of violence.

Oppose these dangerous nominations NOW!

Tomorrow, three of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees will be voted on by Senate committees, and a fourth will have a hearing next week. JWI opposes these nominees – a vote for Sessions, Price, DeVos, or Puzder is a vote against women! Take a few minutes to call your Senators and ask them to vote against confirmation. Our country’s future depends on it!

SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS, nominee for Attorney General 

Judiciary Committee Vote: Tuesday, January 31
 
Sessions has a troubling history of voting against victims and survivors, trying to restrict reproductive rights, and opposing civil rights protections. In 2013, Sessions was one of a handful of senators to vote against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). He has consistently opposed civil rights protections for LGBT people, and voted for numerous extreme anti-reproductive rights bills, including an unconstitutional 20-week abortion ban. Senator Sessions has proven time and again that he will not stand up for women, survivors of violence, and minorities.


REP. TOM PRICE, nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services 

Finance Committee Vote: Tuesday, January 31
 
Price is an opponent of reproductive rights who supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood, and has previously proposed severe cuts to Medicaid and CHIP, crucial government programs that support healthcare access for low-income women and children. Price supports repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which gave millions of low-income women access to healthcare and implemented crucial women’s health provisions, including bans on pre-existing conditions and gender discrimination in insurance pricing, and coverage for domestic violence screenings and contraception.


ANDREW PUZDER, nominee for Secretary of Labor 

HELP Committee Hearing: Tuesday, February 7
 
Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the franchiser of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants. He has a long record of opposing worker protections, from minimum wage to paid sick days. CKE’s restaurants had higher-than-average rates of sexual harassment allegations while Puzder was CEO, with a shocking 66 percent of female employees surveyed reporting harassment. Puzder will not promote the safety of domestic and sexual violence survivors in the workplace, prevent and address sexual harassment, or support the economic security of working women.


BETSY DEVOS, nominee for Secretary of Education 

HELP Committee Vote: Tuesday, January 31
 
DeVos is a billionaire with little to no experience with public education, federal civil rights law, and other crucial areas overseen by the Department of Education. During her hearing, DeVos failed to competently respond to questions about education policy and refused to commit to enforcing current Title IX guidance. DeVos has also financially supported groups that are hostile to sexual violence survivors on campus.

Tell Congress: Refugees Are Welcome Here!

This afternoon, President Trump is expect to sign an executive order barring refugees from Syria, halting the entire U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, and slashing the refugee admissions target to its lowest figure since the Refugee Act of 1980.

We, at JWI, refuse to stand silent. 

Those in favor of this ban argue that barring refugees from our shores is a matter of national security, that to share our freedom and security with these persecuted populations would put all we hold dear at risk. But we know that those seeking shelter are not perpetuating violence, but fleeing it. We stand today, the descendants of refugees. So many of our families immigrated to the United States seeking a safer present and a better future for their children.

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember those who died, those who lived, and those who sheltered the persecuted—despite great personal risk. We must not let fear prevent us from doing what is right. Despite what Nazi propaganda asserted, the Jewish people were never a threat, and neither are the refugees who seek our help today. We must serve as protector to the persecuted. It is the right choice and the only way forward for a country built on the backs of immigrants and refugees. 

Join us in calling your representatives TODAY and urging them to lend their voices to the collective cry of outrage at this callous order.

We will not be silent, and we will never forget.

JWI Opposes H.R.7 and Urges Action

The House of Representatives is voting within minutes on H.R.7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017. JWI strongly opposes this bill, which would make permanent the Hyde Amendment, barring the use of certain funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman, or in cases of incest or rape. Introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), H.R.7 would affect both public and private health insurance coverage.  Join us now and speak out!

 “Women and families must be the ones to make the decisions that are best for them. H.R.7 puts affordable abortion care even further out of reach, making it all but impossible for all women, but especially low-income women to access the services they need. A majority of Americans support abortion coverage for Medicaid recipients. If passed, H.R.7 would make these restrictions permanent.” 

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 would interfere with private insurance coverage and all women will be impacted if private insurers pull coverage. Its regulations are so obtrusive that insurers may opt to decline offering abortion coverage altogether. Families that purchase plans through state marketplaces would become ineligible for certain tax credits. Employers that provide coverage to their employees would be denied the Small Business Tax Credit, making them unlikely to choose insurance plans that include abortion coverage.   

This week marked the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, yet women all over the country are still denied abortion care due to their income, geographic location, or insurance. We will continue fighting for safe, affordable abortion access for all.

Please call your representatives and urge them to vote “NO” on H.R.7.

Tell Your Senators to Ask the Tough Questions

JWI continues to work every day for women and girls. We’re asking questions, holding elected officials accountable, and actively opposing politicians who want to roll back our progress towards greater health, economic security, and equality for women and girls. We are standing strong.

In the coming weeks, as hearings for Cabinet nominees continue, JWI will be watching closely and speaking out. Join us – call your senators and tell them to ask the tough questions and oppose nominees whose records indicate that they have not or will not stand up for women and girls.

Call your Senators!

Betsy DeVos, nominee for Secretary of Education

Hearing: Tuesday, January 17

Who is she? 

Billionaire and former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, longtime donor and activist for school choice and charter schools.

Why JWI is concerned:

DeVos has little to no experience with public education, federal civil rights law, and other crucial areas overseen by the Department of Education.

We need to know:

What is DeVos’s stance on preventing campus sexual violence? How will she ensure that Title IX is enforced and the civil rights of survivors are protected? How will she act to ensure the safety of sexual assault survivors on campus and prevent future violence?

Rep. Tom Price, nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services

Hearing: Wednesday January 18

Who is he? 

Orthopedic surgeon and current Member of Congress

Why JWI is opposed:

Price is an opponent of reproductive rights who supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood, and has previously proposed severe cuts to Medicaid and CHIP, crucial government programs that support healthcare access for low-income women and children. 

Price supports repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which gave millions of low-income women access to healthcare and implemented crucial women’s health provisions, including bans on pre-existing conditions and gender discrimination in insurance pricing, and coverage for domestic violence screenings and contraception.

Andrew Puzder, nominee for Secretary of Labor

Hearing: Not yet scheduled

Who is he? 

CEO of CKE Restaurants, the franchiser of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants 

Why is JWI opposed?

Puzder has a long record of opposing worker protections, from minimum wage to paid sick days. He oversaw a series of sexist and degrading marketing campaigns for his company’s restaurant chains, and said in defense of these ads, ““I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it’s very American.”

Puzder’s company’s restaurants had higher-than-average rates of sexual harassment allegations while he was CEO, with a shocking 66% of female employees reporting harassment. JWI has serious concerns regarding Puzder’s ability to promote the safety of domestic and sexual violence survivors in the workplace, prevent and address sexual harassment, and support the economic security of working women.