August E-Advocacy: Supreme Court
Aug 17 , 2018/Category
Our Fundamental Rights Hang in the Balance

As the summer winds to a close, our High Holy Days approach, drawing our thoughts toward how we can improve ourselves and our world. Let’s close this season out strong with our unrelenting commitment to social justice.

2018 Midterm elections are less than 100 days away! Now is the time to research the candidates and issues in your district. We’re here to support you, so don’t be shy to ask for advice. We are so looking forward to helping you to get out the vote and make a real difference in your community, state, and country!

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Tell the Senate to reject Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court
 
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The Federalists Society, a group of lawyers that want to inject conservative and libertarian ideas into the American legal system, handpicked Judge Kavanaugh to be President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy, as revealed in his writings, would shift the ideological balance of the Supreme Court and place
– reproductive rights,
– LGBTQIA+ equality,
– the environment,
– access to affordable health care,
– gun control,
– workers’ rights,
– civil liberties and civil rights,
– fair immigration policies,
– and criminal justice reform
at risk for years to come. His record is directly at odds with the Reform Movement’s teachings and values, as expressed in biblical, rabbinic, and modern sources, specifically articulated in URJ’s resolutions.

Click here to tell our Senators to vote against Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Wait! Are you thinking, “Senators Schumer and Gillibrand already oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation, so why should I send this email?” Here’s why: by sending this email, you are telling our Senators that you feel very strongly about this topic. Their staff tracks the number of emails that they receive on a given issue. If many people contact them about this issue, they can tell their Senate colleagues that the response against Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination from New Yorkers has been overwhelming. You know – many drops of water make an ocean. Your voice counts and is counted! So click here and make a difference.

 

Mitzvah of the Month
Each month, we will focus on a key Jewish text to help ground our activism in our faith. This month, we will focus on mitzvah #541:
“You shall not appoint as a judge, a person who is not well versed in the laws and knowledge of the Torah, even if they are an expert in other branches of knowledge.” Deuteronomy 1:17 

If we interpret the laws of our Torah to be those that engender moral kindness and decency, laws that work toward goodness and justice for all, then it is our obligation to object to the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice in the manner suggested by our current administration.  We must work to protect the many who would likely suffer from this suggested shift in the ideology of our Supreme Court.”

– Cantor Shayna De Lowe