Reform Jewish Voice of New Jersey
Annual Advocacy Day in Trenton
POSTPONED (was Monday, March 16, 2020)
9:30am – 2:30pm
100 Barrack St. Trenton NJ
Check-in and coffee starts at 9:00am. Event starts promptly at 9:30am.
Here is our line-up of invited speakers:
Environmental Justice — Plastics Ban Bill
This year, Reform Jewish Voice of New Jersey is supporting the state bill banning single-use plastics. ANJEC Executive Director Jennifer Coffey and Policy Director Alex Ambrose will brief us on the bill and why it is important. They will also share some of the great work ANJEC (Association of NJ Environmental Councils) has been doing at both the state and local levels to raise awareness and pass legislation.
Senator Linda Greenstein will speak about her lead sponsorship of this bill and why it matters to her.
Our members Paul Kaufman and Rabbi Paula Feldstein will share personal and Jewish reflections.
Racial Justice – Learning about Reparations
As you may know, at its Biennial in December of 2019, the Union of Reform Judaism passed a resolution supporting efforts to study the issue of Reparations. As part of our efforts to learn more about the issue, we have invited Assistant Counsel Henal Patel of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice to speak to us about why the Institute believes that reparations are a New Jersey issue, and why the Institute has undertaken a campaign to support legislation to study whether and how reparations might help create a more just, equitable, and whole New Jersey.
Ms.Panel will also give an update on the Voting Rights Restoration bill (which we supported),and how we can act to help register newly eligible voters!
Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson will speak about her role in sponsoring the reparations task force legislation.
Rabbi Joel Abraham will share Jewish reflections on this issue.
Fighting Anti-Semitism and Hate Crimes
Reverend Derrick Green, Senior Advisor for Diversity, Faith and Urban and Regional Growth and Deborah Cornevaca, Deputy Chief of Staff, both of the Office of the Governor, will talk with us about what has changed and how the state is responding to reverse these trends.
Our RAC Organizer Sarah Blaine will reflect on how a statewide civic engagement campaign will build our community’s strength and ability to move our issues forward and will share some highlights of the movement-wide civic engagement campaign. Civic engagement will be a central theme for us in the coming year.
Reflections from Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver
And more — NFTY ruach, celebration of our legislative successes, meetings with legislators as available, time to connect and learn from each other!
Environmental Justice – Discussion Guide | Background Info | ANJEC Action Alert | Stop Plastic Handout | Jewish Texts on the Environment | Senate Bill | Assembly Bill |
See also COVID-19 & Plastic Bags
Racial Justice – Discussion Guide | Background Info | URJ Resolution | URJ Resolution Q&A | Senate Bill| Assembly Bill
See also: Black Caucus Introduces Bill | America’s Original Sin
Countering Anti-Semitism/Hate in NJ – Discussion Guide | Background Info
Civic Engagement – Discussion Guide | Background Info