321: 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.

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.

 

 

Department of Ed must support the Dear Colleague letter

Jewish Women International (JWI), a leading advocate against campus sexual assault and dating violence, condemns Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’s announcement today as an attack on survivors of sexual assault and dating abuse. The guidelines issued by the Department of Education in 2011 have helped school administrators and students provide all students with equal protection and have improved student’s rights. Rolling back these guidelines will further victimize the one-fifth of female college students who experience rape or sexual assault.

"Today’s action is an insult to victims, advocates, administrators and campus sexual assault coordinators throughout the country," said JWI CEO Lori Weinstein.  "The facts speak for themselves-- every year, hundreds of victims of sexual assault do not get the justice they deserve. This is why the Obama Administration put the Dear Colleague letter in place. Devos’s action today erases the progress we have made in the past eight years.”

JWI provides critical proactive programming on college campuses, teaching students about sexual assault, dating abuse, and bystander intervention.  We call on the Department of Education to support the Dear Colleague letter and further bolster the rights of survivors of sexual assault, dating abuse, and stalking on college campuses across the country.

Ending DACA runs counter to the very ideals of our country

Jewish Women International (JWI) is deeply disappointed in the Trump Administration’s decision today to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Over 800,000 young people who call America home will now be deported to a country they haven’t lived in for at least a decade. 
 
DACA recipients have used the protection of this program to enroll in college and graduate school and participate in the workforce as social workers, EMS professionals, and members of the military. Sending away our best and the brightest will do unconscionable harm to our economy and to families across the country. 
 
Ending DACA runs counter to the very ideals of our country.  It is imperative that Congress act now and pass the bipartisan DREAM Act to provide a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young people who are Americans in every way, except on paper. Call your senators and representative to demand action!

LET'S GET TO WORK: Civic action to-do list for 8-7-17

3. Speak Out During Recess

With both houses of Congress in recess for the month of August, now is the perfect opportunity to tell your Representative and Senators about your policy priorities!  You can attend a town hall or call one of their local offices to schedule a meeting. Push for bipartisan healthcare reform, advocate against concealed carry reciprocity, or demand that the Administration continue collecting important data about the wage gap. Take this time to engage with members of Congress about what's important to you!

2. Demand Accountability for Sex Trafficking Websites

A two-year Senate investigation into online sex trafficking found that the website Backpage.com knowingly aids the criminal sex trafficking of women and girls. Current federal law doesn't allow survivors whose abusers used Backpage.com to file lawsuits, even though it is well-established that Backpage facilitates sex trafficking. In an attempt to close this unconscionable loophole, a bipartisan group of Senators has introduced the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA).  Call your Senators and tell them to co-sponsor this bill to make it clear that websites like Backpage should be held accountable!

1. Stand Up for Paid Family Leave

Only one in three employees in the United States has access to paid parental leave, reports a new study published by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The study also shines a light on the large gap in access to paid sick days that leaves part-time workers at a great disadvantage. This disparity is indefensible - every new parent deserves paid time off. The Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act would guarantee this right to every American. Call on your elected officials to sponsor the FAMILY Act!

And for you... 

If you haven't given much thought yet to the impending solar eclipse, NASA is here to help you plan your viewing; the New York Times recommends some reading material for historical context; and Bonnie Tyler has you covered for a soundtrack to this once-in-a-lifetime event. Protect your eyes, and prepare to be amazed!

Trump's transgender military ban is an insult to all servicemembers

President Trump’s commitment to ban transgender people from serving in the United States military is blatant discrimination, and his use of social media to announce this measure adds insult to injury. This ban runs counter to JWI's work and beliefs, and disparages the brave service of all members serving in our military. Instead of moving backward to the days of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell," we must continue the progress made in the last few years to create inclusive policies for all military personnel. 

America's healthcare remains intact - for now

Late last night the Senate’s final effort to repeal and replace Obamacare failed. Thanks to the leadership of Senators Murkowski, Collins, and McCain, who voted against the “skinny repeal" bill, our healthcare system remains intact and millions of Americans remain protected!

JWI applauds the sentiments expressed by Senator John McCain - that it is time for members of both parties to come together and govern in the best interest of our nation. We hope - like all Americans, of every political affiliation - for a Congress that can leave partisanship behind and work toward a better future for every citizen.  

Call your senators NOW to protect healthcare!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017:

At this moment the Senate is voting on ways to repeal and replace Obamacare, which provides the elderly, poor, and disabled children, as well as people with pre-existing conditions, access to affordable health insurance.

The cost of repeal is high – in dollars, and in lives.

With less than 20 hours of debate remaining, now is the time to make your voice heard. Call your Senators to demand they vote against any measure that repeals Obamacare and takes healthcare coverage away from millions!

Act now: Call (202) 224-3121!

The Better Care Reconciliation Act is WORSE

After months of trying to formulate a healthcare plan, Senator Mitch McConnell re-introduced a disastrous new version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act last week. The legislation fails us in so many ways: It strips millions of Americans of healthcare; creates a two-tiered system with astronomically high insurance premiums and deductibles for people with pre-existing conditions; and eliminates all of the protections Obamacare provides. It is unconscionable that members of the Senate could vote to kick children, the disabled, and the elderly in nursing homes off of Medicaid with no viable, affordable alternatives.

Even America's Health Insurance Plans, the healthcare industry’s main trade group, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association spoke out against this craven legislation, telling the Chicago Tribune on Saturday, "It is unworkable in any form and would undermine protections for those with significant medical conditions, increase premiums and could lead to widespread loss of coverage for people currently enrolled in the individual market."

We cannot go back to the days where women were charged more for healthcare solely based on their gender, nor the days when insurance plans didn’t include coverage for even the most basic care. As the wealthiest nation in the world, we must ensure that affordable, quality health care is a right of all of our citizens and not a privilege for the wealthy.

The vote on this bill may be temporarily delayed, but as in any good horror story, it’s only sleeping – not dead. We must not give up or relax until this bill has been buried! It is imperative that we keep up the pressure and call on the undecided Senators Heller (NV), Murkowski (AK), Lee (UT), Capito (WV), and Portman (OH)  to vote NO.