3-2-1: A bipartisan gun law to support

3 Finally, a bipartisan gun law to support!

After so many years we are getting closer to passing federal legislation that could strengthen our existing guys laws. Spurred to action by the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX, a bipartisan group of Senators, Cornyn (R-TX), Murphy (D-CT), Scott (R-SC), Blumenthal (D-CT), Hatch (R-UT), Feinstein (D-CA), Heller (R-NV), and Shaheen (D-NH), have co-sponsored the “Fix NICS Act of 2017” to make sure no abuser has access to a gun. With fifty-four percent of mass shootings related to domestic and family violence it is imperative that domestic violence records are uploaded to the federal database. Countless lives will be saved if this bill passes, but we need your help. Call your Senators now and tell them to join their colleagues from both sides of the aisle in co-sponsoring the “Fix NICS Act”!

2 Press for the passage of IVAWA

Living free from violence is a human right, but around the world one in three women experience abuse during their lifetimes. The bi-partisan International Violence Against Women Act would codify into law strategies to prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally and make ending violence against women and girls a top diplomatic priority in the United States. For 16 days, beginning on November 25th, JWI and hundreds of other organizations working to end violence against women and girls will use #16days on social media to spread awareness and advocate for IVAWA’s passage. To learn more, follow JWI on Twitter and read our action alert!

1 Remember the DREAMers on Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving week, let's remember the story of Thanksgiving is also the story of refugees and freedom-seekers, risking their lives to travel to a new country. As we honor the harvest celebration between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims nearly 500 years ago, we must consider the 800,000 Dreamers who were brought to this country by their parents for the same reasons. If we salute the moral conviction of the pilgrims in their quest to a life free from persecution in an unknown land, we must also demand that these young people be allowed to stay in the country they call home. Call your Senators and Representative and demand they pass the DREAM Act.

And for you...  

A last minute recipe for your Thanksgiving table. It's called "Zucchini Bread," but honestly, it tastes more like "Zucchini Cake." Enjoy this delicious family recipe from JWI's Meredith Jacobs.

And after you feed your family on Thanksgiving...feed your soul on #GivingTuesday and remember JWI.


Support the International Violence Against Women Act

Physical and sexual violence is a tool of war and conflict, an act of dehumanizing oppression, and a public health crisis that impacts more than a third of the world's women and girls. Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) responded to this global epidemic by introducing the bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).

IVAWA would codify into law strategies to prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally, while streamlining and improving existing U.S. programs to end violence against women.

The legislation would also permanently authorize the creation of the Office of Global Women’s Issues in the State Department to support health programs and survivor services, encourage legal accountability and a change of public attitudes, promote access to economic opportunity projects and education, and address violence against women and girls in humanitarian situations.

As support grows for this vital bill, please urge your Senators to co-sponsor IVAWA today! 

Use the sample script below to demand that your Senators take a stand against gender-based violence worldwide.

Sample Script:

I’m your constituent from [City, State]. I’m calling to support the bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act that was introduced today.

Living free from violence is a human right, but around the world one in three women experience physical, sexual, or another kind of abuse during their lives.

I urge [Senator] to support the International Violence Against Women Act, that would make ending violence against women and girls a top diplomatic priority of the United States.

3-2-1: Fighting for gun legislation, against sexual harassment, and for veterans.

3 Sign our petition to encourage gun legislation

The deadly connection between domestic violence and gun violence has been overlooked by our elected officials for far too long. Nearly 4.5 million American women report they have been threatened by an intimate partner with a gun and another 1 million women have been shot at in a domestic violence dispute. Research also shows that over half of mass shootings are related to domestic or family violence situations.

It is time for our elected officials to look at the facts and take action to protect all Americans from gun violence – sign our petition to tell Congress enough is enough!

2 Advocate for sexual harassment policies and training

No workplace is immune from the injustice of sexual harassment. Last week, the Senate took a step forward by unanimously passing a resolution mandating sexual harassment training for all Senators and staff. This important first step works towards creating an environment in which individuals can feel safe at work. 

Ask your human resources department if your workplace mandates training and has specific sexual harassment policies – if they do, please send your policy to JWI. We're collecting policies from organizations around the country to learn more about what gaps are common in workplaces, and how we can help. If your workplace doesn't have a policy, advocate for one in your workplace!

1 Protect the women who protect our country

Today, there are more women in the military than ever before. We must hold the military accountable as gender discrimination persists. Sexual assault in the military remains extensive with nearly sixty percent of victims experiencing reprisals or retaliation for reporting their assault. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are leaders on this issue, sponsoring two bipartisan pieces of legislation that work to hold perpetrators accountable and support survivors.

Call your Senators and tell them that honoring our service members means protecting women in the military.

And for you...  

2017 has had its setbacks, but here's a reminder of the ways this year has been great for women.

3-2-1: Take action against Gun Violence


Tragically, our country is in mourning once again. At a Sunday afternoon worship service a man, armed with an assault weapon, entered a small church and murdered twenty-six people in cold blood, near San Antonio, Texas. The ages of those twenty-six innocent victims ranged from five to seventy-two. A barrage of gunfire, in a church, on a Sunday, leaving carnage and devastation everywhere. While we still don’t know all of the facts, we do know that in 2012 the shooter was court-martialed and sentenced to a year in military prison for assaulting his wife and child. This man never should have had access to a military-style assault rifle – and the fact that he did is unconscionable. The laws on the books that prohibit people convicted of domestic violence from possessing guns failed the twenty-six slain, their families, and the entire community of Sutherland Springs. 

Mass shootings with no recourse. A Congress that is beholden to the National Rifle Association (NRA). Gun violence and the emotional toll of these constant mass shootings are felt deeply by all Americans. We cannot allow this to become the new normal. We must stand up and take action now. 

3 Close the "boyfriend" loophole

The lives of countless women and girls across our country are at risk without sensible gun legislation. Senator Klobuchar and Representative Dingell are sponsors of a bill that would close the “boyfriend” loophole that does not restrict individuals who have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from purchasing or possessing firearms, as long as they have not lived with their partner. In addition, individuals convicted of misdemeanor stalking are allowed to purchase and possess firearms through this loophole. It is up to you to demand that your Senators and Representatives co-sponsor this common-sense piece of legislation!

2 Learn the facts about how mass shootings are predicted by domestic violence

We can no longer stand idly by while fifty-four percent of mass shootings involve the death of a partner or other family member. Data clearly shows that domestic violence is a key predictor of gun violence and mass shootings. To learn more about this issue, watch Samantha Bee’s powerful segment from last week. Now is the time to make this an urgent priority – call on your elected officials to support legislation that protects and supports survivors of abuse.

1 Join an advocacy group

Locally, we can make our voices heard by banding together and taking action. Join Moms Demand Action, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, One Pulse for America, or Guns Down and connect with people like you who believe it is time to make gun violence prevention an urgent priority at the local, state, and federal level. Next month you can participate in a vigil in your community to remember and honor the five years since the Sandy Hook tragedy. We must use our unified voice to shine a light on the horrific consequences of the gun violence epidemic in our country. 

And for you...  

The best way to make change is to vote. Important elections are happening around the country tomorrow. Your vote is critical.

JWI Petitions Congress to Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Violent People

This Sunday, a man wearing a tactical vest and armed with a military-style assault weapon, entered a small church in Texas, and murdered twenty-six people. In fewer than four minutes, the gunman killed four percent of the tiny town of Sutherland Springs.  

Considering his history, it is clear that he never should have had access to a gun, let alone a military-style assault rifle. After being court-martialed in 2012 for beating his wife and breaking his young stepson’s skull, he served 12-months in confinement and was released from the Air Force with a Bad Conduct Discharge. While federal law prohibits convicted domestic violence abusers from purchasing a firearm, his offense was never entered into the federal database, allowing him to purchase four guns after his release.

He is not the only mass shooter with a history of domestic violence – fifty-four percent of mass shootings involve the death of partner or other family member. Data clearly shows that domestic violence is a key predictor of gun violence and mass shootings.

Ninety-three Americans die each day to gun violence. Sluggish federal regulation and an disconnectedpatchwork of state laws created an opportunity for this violent offender’s domestic violence conviction to fall through cracks. We desperately need to update the infrastructure of the system we already have and at the same time implement commonsense gun violence prevention legislation

Here are some reforms we can make now!

  • Without improvements to the background check system more violence offenders will be able to access firearms. Only approximately 5% of domestic violence misdemeanor conviction records have been entered into the federal database, and most states don’t input protective orders at all. 
  •  It is time to reinstate the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. There is no legitimate reason for a civilian to own a weapon capable of such horrendous violence. Only seven states and the District of Columbia have an assault weapons ban. 
  • It is time to close the “boyfriend” loophole – it puts countless lives at risk. An individual who has been convicted of assault, but the person he assaulted is not his spouse or the mother of his child, is able to purchase and possess a firearm. In other words, a man convicted of assaulting his girlfriend can own a gun. 

Until we pass comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation we will continue to mourn lives cut short.

The time for relying on hopes and prayers is over. We must act.

Sign our petition here!

JWI Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Protect and Support Domestic Violence Survivors

Jewish Women International Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Protect and Support Domestic Violence Survivors

Washington, D.C. — Today, Jewish Women International (JWI), the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against women and girls, applauded the introduction of domestic violence legislation by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI), Representative Jim Himes (D-CT), and Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) to protect and support survivors of abuse.

The Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act would provide funding for states and localities to enforce the law prohibiting domestic abusers from possessing a gun, as well as allow law enforcement to remove a gun from a domestic violence situation.

The Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act closes a loophole in federal law that allows a domestic violence perpetrator to possess a firearm during a temporary restraining order, often the first recourse of survivors of domestic violence. Currently, a perpetrator of domestic violence can possess a dangerous weapon until a permanent restraining order is issued, leaving victims without protection when they are in the most danger.

The Security and Financial Empowerment (SAFE) Act allows survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking to take time off from work to receive services related to the abuse without penalty.

Jewish Women International CEO Lori Weinstein made the following statement:

“Domestic violence is a public health crisis with one in four women suffering severe physical violence by an intimate partner. I applaud the introduction of these bills, which will help protect women from violence and provide them with protection and economic security after violence has occurred. On behalf of JWI and our members across the country, I call on Congress to pass these bills immediately. The lives and livelihoods of countless women and children are at risk. The stakes could not be higher.”

3-2-1: Sexual Harassment, Dreamers, ACA Enrollment


3 Send Us Your Company's Sexual Harassment Policy


Recent sexual harassment scandals are shining a light on a problem that is all too common in our culture. At least twenty-five percent of all women report having experienced workplace sexual harassment. In Congress, forty percent of female staffers say that sexual harassment is a problem and sixteen percent of female staffers report being sexually harassed. With no mandatory requirement for sexual harassment training for elected officials and their staffers, aides report hostile work environments and a fear of retaliation. Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) are introducing a bill requiring sexual harassment training, an important first step in educating all employees on appropriate conduct and reporting requirements.

This week, contact your human resources department to read the sexual harassment policies and procedures and email JWI a copy!

2 Participate in the National Faith Week of Action to Support Dreamers

This week is the National Faith Week of Action, supporting the 800,000 immigrant youth who are in danger of being deported from the country they have grown up in, attend school and college in, and work in.

There are three ways to support the Dreamers this week. First, you can advocate for a pathway to citizenship by using the #Faith4Dream on social media. You can also ask your Senators and Representative to pass the Dream Act of 2017 (S.1615 and H.R. 3440) by calling 1-866-940-2439. Lastly, you can incorporate stories of immigration into a Dream Sabbath dinner this week to broaden the discussion of immigrant rights and the moral consequences of deporting these young people.  

1 Help Publicize ACA Enrollment Dates

Open enrollment for the ACA begins on November 1st! The budget for publicizing the enrollment period for the ACA was slashed, so share the image above widely on social media (you can repost from the JWI page as well) to ensure as many Americans as possible have health care!

And for you...  

Hear from feminist leaders on how to end sexual harassment: Nicolos Kristoff interviewedGloria Steinem, Ashely Judd, and Cheryl Sandberg on sexual harassment last week.

Bonus: Check out some great feminist baby Halloween costumes. Starting 'em young!

3-2-1: Support IVAWA, health, care and gun legislation.


3 Support International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA)

Statistics of violence against women around the world are staggering: 39,000 girls under the age of 18 are forced into marriage daily, 1 in 3 women will face abuse in their lifetime, and nearly 11.5 million women and girls are victims of human trafficking. IVAWA makes ending this violence a top priority by ensuring the U.S. government works with other countries to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

Tell your Senators to support IVAWA when it is introduced by co-sponsors Senator Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Isakson (R-GA) this week! Sign up get our advocacy alert for when it's introduced.


2 Demand re-authorization of CHIP

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides funding to make sure millions of low-income children have access to healthcare--and the funding for this vital program expired over three weeks ago, leaving 9 million children without health care. All children deserve access to health care, no matter their parents’ socio-economic status.

Call your Senators and demand they reauthorize CHIP.

1 Let us know where you stand on gun legislation

Over 360 people have been killed and 1,365 people have been injured in mass shootings in 2017. Thousands more have been victims of urban gun violence, accidental shootings, and domestic violence. Once again, this public health crisis is failing to get the attention it deserves in Congress.

As we work with lawmakers to pass common sense measures to reduce gun violence, let us know where you stand by filling out this survey

And for you...  

Join us for a fun run on Sunday and help us build a children’s library in a D.C. domestic violence shelter! Enjoy acai bowls, a dance warm-up from 305, and test-drive your Halloween costume at the "We Run, They Read 5k", while supporting the National Library Initiative.

3-2-1: Fight against domestic violence, immigration policies, and healthcare attacks.


3 Support Efforts for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Help us shed light on economic abuse by supporting JWI through the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse ChallengeNew data shows a clear link between poverty, domestic violence, and social inequality. Your support helps us raise awareness and funds for programming that combats domestic violence and financial abuse

JWI creates financial literacy resources for women and families in domestic violence shelters throughout the country. Donate today and help us win an additional $10,000 in the challenge.


2 Undocumented Youth Held Hostage

Learn more about the impact of recent immigration policies on survivors of domestic and sexual violence by watching our panel discussion hosted by JWI’s Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence via Facebook live tomorrow at 10 am EST and follow #FaithSupportsSurvivors on Twitter throughout the month.


1 Further Weakening of Healthcare System

Last week, President Trump signed two executive orders intended to dismantle our healthcare system, denying millions of Americans affordable access to comprehensive healthcare coverage. The first allows insurers to provide plans that gut essential health benefits like maternity care and substance abuse. The second order will result in a drastic increase in premiums for individuals and families. Call your Senators now to stand up against attacks on our country's health.


And for you...  

Women and men have come together using #MeToo on Twitter and Facebook, raising awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment. The importance of this campaign is to acknowledge and validate these stories without questioning experiences or victim blaming. For those who have posted and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, we support and stand with you in this fight.

3-2-1: Gun laws protected while women's healthcare attacked


3 Women’s Health Care Under Attack

The Trump Administration limited access to birth control by allowing employers with moral or religious objections to opt-out of providing contraceptive care. A dangerous twenty-week abortion ban passed the House of Representatives, preventing women from accessing this procedure unless they can prove incest or rape. A budget passed by the House cuts $5 billion from safety net programs like Medicare and Medicaid, which provide access to healthcare for millions of women.

To stand up against these attacks, call your Senators and tell them to vote against H.R. 36 and the House budget and object to tampering with a woman’s right to contraceptive care.


2 Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Our hearts go out the all of the victims injured or killed, and the families affected by last week’s horrific shooting. In response to the massacre in Las Vegas, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act to close a loophole that allows semi-automatic weapons to be modified to fire at the rate of automatic weapons.

With the Senate out of session this week, this is the time to go to a town hall or call your Senators’ local offices to demand they support the this common-sense legislation as the first step in comprehensive gun reform.


1 Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

News reports illuminating the despicable actions of Roger Ailes and Harvey Weinstein provide a public face for a problem that has been overlooked for far too long. It is estimated that at least twenty-five percent of women in the United States have been sexually harassed at work. Women in the workplace are protected by the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sexual harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, or religion.

Learn more about the law and the best ways to move forward if you are being harassed in the workplace. 


And for you...  

Join our webinar to learn from a panel of experts from the Muslim, Catholic and Jewish faiths about how faith serves as a resource and a barrier for seeking help, and gain strategies for engaging with faith leadership.

JWI's Statement Following Mass Shooting in Las Vegas "We must act now."

Washington, D.C. – In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Jewish Women International (JWI), the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against women and girls, offers the following statement from CEO Lori Weinstein:

“Monday morning we awoke to the news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, likely the most deadly shooting in American history. Now we add Las Vegas to the all too long list we all can recite – Aurora, Columbine, Newtown, Orlando, San Bernadino, Charleston. But today we must also think of the daily shootings that don’t make the headlines. Every day, 93 Americans die from guns. Every day, American children are 14 times more likely to die from guns than children in other developed countries.

“It is too easy to feel overwhelmed, too easy to mourn and to try to accept these deaths as part of modern life. But the fact is there are things we can do. Universal background checks, bans on possession of guns by anyone who has committed domestic or sexual violence, proper storage requirements, regulating silencers. Simple steps that will make a difference. We have seen too many innocent victims gunned down. We owe it to every child in Newtown, every young person in Orlando, every concert goer in Las Vegas, every nameless victim whose story we don’t hear because there are far too many.

“Stronger gun laws have been proven to reduce gun violence. We cannot let wealthy lobbying groups hold our nation hostage any longer. We must act now."


LET'S GET TO WORK: Civic action to-do list for 10-2-17

3. House Seeks to Deregulate Gun Silencers  

Yet again, our nation is mourning the loss of innocent life on a horrific scale, and now is the time for our elected representatives to take concrete action. This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is due to vote on the SHARE Act, that seeks to deregulate silencers. Silencers make it more difficult for police to hear and locate an active shooter. In the wake of last night's tragedy, it is unconscionable that any elected officials would vote for this legislation.

Call your Representative today and tell them to vote "no" on the SHARE Act.


2. Unconstitutional Limits on Abortion Access 

This week, Congress will vote on an unconstitutional and dangerous abortion ban. H.R. 36 mandates that incest survivors and rape survivors who are minors report their abuse in order to seek an abortion. This reporting requirement places an unfair burden on these children who need time-sensitive and safe care. The bill also would prevent women from obtaining an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, placing an arbitrary restriction that cannot account for the many reasons women may need an abortion later in their pregnancy. 

Demand that your member of Congress vote against H.R. 36!


1. Playing Politics with Children's Health Care

Due to Congress' inaction this weekend, no new money will go to states to help them insure nearly 9 million children across the country. For decades CHIP reauthorization has been a bipartisan priority. We must call on Congress to work together to stabilize the insurance markets and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Call your Senators and tell them to stop playing politics with our children's health.


And for you... October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join JWI's Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and help raise awareness.

Learn more about what JWI is doing for DVAM2017 here.

LET'S GET TO WORK: Civic action to-do list for 9-25-17

3. Healthcare Under Threat

The Graham-Cassidy bill allows states to increase premiums for any pre-existing condition – including pregnancy, cancer, or even physical and mental health issues resulting from abuse, rape, or assault. Millions of Americans will be forced off Medicaid and millions more will see premium and out-of-pocket costs increase drastically.

Call your Senators and tell them that forcing through a piece of legislation that will devastate access to healthcare is not the answer!

As of now, the following Senators are undecided. If you live in one of these states, call NOW and tell them to vote NO! – Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Mike Lee (R-AZ), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), David Perdue (R-GA), Todd Young (R-IN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Steve Daines (R-MT), Rob Portman (R-OH), James Lankford (R-OK), Pat Toomey (R-RI), John Thune (R-SD), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

2. State Buy-Offs

Rather than work in a bipartisan manner to improve access to healthcare, the Senate Majority is trying to pass a cruel piece of partisan legislation by providing minor additional funding to Alaska, Arizona, and Maine in order to influence the votes of key senators. Healthcare is a fundamental right, and all Americans deserve equal access.

Call Senators Lisa MurkowskiJohn McCain, and Susan Collins and tell them not to fall for these tricks!

1. Opportunity for Bipartisan Action

For weeks the chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee have been working on a bipartisan solution to stabilize the insurance markets across the country that would result in greater competition between insurance companies and reduced premiums for individuals in the marketplace. The Senate should listen to Senator John McCain’s reasons for opposing Graham-Cassidy, and work together.

Call your Senators and tell them to work with Senator Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Murray (D-WA) on a bipartisan plan to improve and fix the Affordable Care Act!


And for you... 

We were deeply moved by this video created by the NFL and salute the players, who use their platforms to speak out against violence and the owners and coaches, who stand with them in unity.

JWI is honoring Anna Isaacson, the NFL's VP of Social Responsibility at Women to Watch. Don't miss your chance to meet all 10 of our inspiring women on December 11th.