PURSUE JUSTICE:

 

PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE FROM DISCRIMINATION

 

Judaism teaches that all human beings are created b'tzelem Elohim, in the Divine image (Genesis 1:27). The belief that the stamp of the divine is present in all humans is fundamental to Reform Judaism and teaches us that we cannot tolerate discrimination against any person because of their identity.

TAKE ACTION!

URGE YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO CO-SPONSOR THE EQUALITY ACT

At the end of July, President Donald J. Trump announced his intention to ban transgender people from serving in the United States Armed Forces. If this discriminatory ban is implemented, it could result in the dismissal of thousands of transgender and gender non-conforming service members who are currently serving the country they love. This announcement represents a step backward in our work towards full LGBTQ equality, and reinforces our country's need fo federal LGBTQ non-discrimination legislation.

The Equality Act (H.R. 2282/S.1006) will address this issue by amending existing civil rights laws to include protections based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act will significantly reduce the amount of discrimination LGBTQ people face and will provide an avenue for recourse for victims of discrimination. This bill will also provide the same protections to LGBTQ people that are provided to other protected groups under federal law and will strengthen existing civil rights laws by expanding the definition of public accommodations and ensuring that people are protected from sex discrimination in public accommodations and federal funding.

Urge your member of Congress today to co-sponsor the Equality Act (H.R. 2282/S.1006).

 

MORE NEWS FROM RAC:

RAC OUTRAGED BY PRESIDENT'S ANNOUNCEMENT

 

"We will continue to stand with our transgender and gender non-conforming service members and demand full inclusion and equality for all LGBTQ people." - Barbara Weinstein, Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism

 

Read the full press release-
Reform Movement Assails Policy Banning Transgender People from Serving in U.S. Military 7/26/17

LETTER TO DEVOS ADDRESSES CONCERN ABOUT SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS

 

"It is clear that a robust investigation mechanism - as well as one that rigorously prioritizes the well-being of students and safe campus environment - remains necessary, and curtailing of the Department of Education's attention to this vital issue is inappropriate." - Isabel P. "Liz" Dunst

 

Read the full letter-
We Support Title IX and Other Efforts to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Violence in Educational Institutions 8/4/17

rAC RESPONDS TO ReJECTION OF HEALTH CARE REPEAL

 

"We thank the 51 senators who voted against the final version of the bill and commend their commitment to the health of their constituents and all Americans." - Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

 

Read the full press release-
Reform Movement Relieved at Rejection of Health Care Repeal 7/28/17

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Tue, September 19 2017 28 Elul 5777