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The Micah D. Bycel Fund for Legislative Fellows

On August 27, 2022, the Jewish Center for Justice community suffered a devastating loss with the sudden and untimely death of Board Member Micah Bycel (z”l).

The JCJ community has created a special fund to honor Micah’s memory and secure his legacy. Micah was a kind and compassionate soul. He saw a broken world and was determined to make it better for his kids and the next generation. In his honor, The Micah D. Bycel Fund for Legislative Fellows will help shape the next generation of Jewish justice activists.

In addition to the Fund, we have renamed the program, The Micah D. Bycel Legislative Fellowship. All future fellows will learn of Micah’s memory and advocate for justice in his honor.

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Take Action : Help codify Roe

Take ACTION by contacting your Representatives and urging them to re-introduce The Women’s Health Protection Act.

Sample script:

“Hi, my name is [your name]. I’m calling today to urge [name of Representative] to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. This bill, which would codify Roe and make abortion access the law of the land, is a necessary step in the aftermath of the horrific Supreme Court Dobbs decision. As a member of the Jewish Center for Justice community, we support efforts to dismantle the institutional barriers that women face on a daily basis, including policies and legislation that expand reproductive rights. Thank you.”

Following last year’s horrific Dobbs decision by the Supreme Court, we quickly saw states like Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri restrict abortion access. Meanwhile,  states like California, Minnesota, and New York responded with legislation that protects the right to abortion access and helps individuals from other states who are seeking abortion access find refuge and reproductive care. And in November, California voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure to enshrine a woman’s right to choose into the state constitution.  

Sunday, January 22 would have been the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme court case Roe v. Wade, which saved countless lives by making reproductive choice a fundamental right in this country. In honor of this commemoration and the fight that we have been forced to take back on these last 6 months, we dedicate this week to advocating at the national level to pass legislation that will codify Roe and ensure that regardless of the state in which you live, you will have access to reproductive health care. 

What is JCJ advocating for?

We call on the 118th Congress to re-introduce The Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify Roe and make abortion access the law of the land. 

We call on congress to re-introduce The EACH Act, which would ensure that every person who receives care or insurance through the federal government will have coverage for abortion services. This bill would also prohibit political interference in decisions by private health insurance companies to offer coverage for abortion care, thus eliminating the Hyde Amendment.

And, we call upon the FDA and the Biden Administration to use the power of the Executive Branch to remove existing barriers to abortion medication. 

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Take Action : Help pass the Assault Weapons Ban

Take ACTION by contacting your Senators and Representatives and urging them to support the Assault Weapons Ban. U.S. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 Find your Representative and Senators! Sample script: “Hi, my name is [your name]. I’m calling today to urge [name...

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5 Facts about the California Budget

Every new year presents an opportunity to work with coalitions, advocates, and elected officials to craft legislation that will improve the lives of everyday Californians. While it is an exciting opportunity to work on shaping our state's legislative future, it's...

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Black History Month isn’t a series of posts. Rather, it’s a call to action and a reminder that black erasure is real, that black history has always been and is currently being suppressed and that we must use our voices, awareness and advocacy to fix a system that has always been broken. Join us in supporting, following, sharing, and liking these organizations that do the work 365 days a year! #blackhistorymonth

Black History Month isn’t a series of posts. Rather, it’s a call to action and a reminder that black erasure is real, that black history has always been and is currently being suppressed and that we must use our voices, awareness and advocacy to fix a system that has always been broken. Join us in supporting, following, sharing, and liking these organizations that do the work 365 days a year! #blackhistorymonth ...

On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we vow to never forget the atrocities and horrors of the Holocaust, we are once again confronted with the hatred and antisemitism that still lingers in this world. As we began to prepare for Shabbat ourselves, news of a deadly terror attack in Jerusalem began to surface. At least 8 have been killed and multiple injured, as a gunman opened fire on a synagogue.

Being Jewish is not easy. We are forced to live with hatred upon us, yet still have hope and faith for the future. Some days that task is easy, days like today that task is hard. But we will never give up, we will never forget, and we will never cease believing in a brighter tomorrow.  May the memory of those who lost their lives be forever a blessing. #shabbatshalom

On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we vow to never forget the atrocities and horrors of the Holocaust, we are once again confronted with the hatred and antisemitism that still lingers in this world. As we began to prepare for Shabbat ourselves, news of a deadly terror attack in Jerusalem began to surface. At least 8 have been killed and multiple injured, as a gunman opened fire on a synagogue.

Being Jewish is not easy. We are forced to live with hatred upon us, yet still have hope and faith for the future. Some days that task is easy, days like today that task is hard. But we will never give up, we will never forget, and we will never cease believing in a brighter tomorrow. May the memory of those who lost their lives be forever a blessing. #shabbatshalom
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On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we mark the 78th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp’s liberation and we honor and remember the 6 million Jewish lives and the millions of other victims lost in the the Holocaust. Today is a moment of mourning and reflection, and as we see antisemitism continue to rise, we must keep learning, remembering, and sharing the history of the Holocaust. We must never forget, and we must never allow anyone to forget. We will keep the names of the 6 million in our hearts always, and never allow this to happen again! #internationalholocaustremembranceday

On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we mark the 78th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp’s liberation and we honor and remember the 6 million Jewish lives and the millions of other victims lost in the the Holocaust. Today is a moment of mourning and reflection, and as we see antisemitism continue to rise, we must keep learning, remembering, and sharing the history of the Holocaust. We must never forget, and we must never allow anyone to forget. We will keep the names of the 6 million in our hearts always, and never allow this to happen again! #internationalholocaustremembranceday ...

In the first 24 days of 2023, our country has already experienced 39 mass shootings! To say that we cannot solve this problem is to dishonor the tens of thousands of innocent lives that have been lost due to the proliferation of guns and high capacity ammunition in our society.

Help us take action, by calling on  calling on Congress to strengthen gun violence prevention laws. Head up to our link in bio or story to learn how you can urge your representatives or senators to support the Assault Weapons Ban! ⚠️ #gunviolenceprevention

In the first 24 days of 2023, our country has already experienced 39 mass shootings! To say that we cannot solve this problem is to dishonor the tens of thousands of innocent lives that have been lost due to the proliferation of guns and high capacity ammunition in our society.

Help us take action, by calling on calling on Congress to strengthen gun violence prevention laws. Head up to our link in bio or story to learn how you can urge your representatives or senators to support the Assault Weapons Ban! ⚠️ #gunviolenceprevention
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Keenan Anderson should be alive today! Watch this powerful speech from our friend and partner, @eddielanderson. 

JCJ stands with local elected officials and community leaders who are calling for non-police interventions when dealing with traffic stops and other mental health crises. We are disgusted by the video of the incident and dismayed to see yet another black man lose his life at the hands of law enforcement. #keenananderson

Keenan Anderson should be alive today! Watch this powerful speech from our friend and partner, @eddielanderson.

JCJ stands with local elected officials and community leaders who are calling for non-police interventions when dealing with traffic stops and other mental health crises. We are disgusted by the video of the incident and dismayed to see yet another black man lose his life at the hands of law enforcement. #keenananderson
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Today, we should be celebrating 50 years of Roe v Wade. Instead, we are watching reproductive rights be stripped away, barbaric limitations be set, and horrific consequences become the norm. Let us be reminded that our values are clear on this. That reproductive rights should never be denied, and we will keep fighting until that is no longer a question in anyone’s mind. Let’s keep making our voices heard, and our values known! #roevwade

Today, we should be celebrating 50 years of Roe v Wade. Instead, we are watching reproductive rights be stripped away, barbaric limitations be set, and horrific consequences become the norm. Let us be reminded that our values are clear on this. That reproductive rights should never be denied, and we will keep fighting until that is no longer a question in anyone’s mind. Let’s keep making our voices heard, and our values known! #roevwade ...

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