Last week, the House of Representatives officially passed The For the People Act of 2021, also called H.R. 1.
The Jewish Center for Justice is mobilizing Jewish communities and pro-democracy people of faith in support of The For the People Act, which would would make it easier to vote in federal elections, end congressional gerrymandering, overhaul federal campaign finance laws, increase safeguards against foreign interference, strengthen government ethics rules, and more.
As a Jewish community, we have long supported the bills and measures aimed at expanding (and not limiting) the right to vote. From our ancient texts which called for the need for every voice to be heard and counted in the community, to our modern belief that societies in which all are granted the unobstructed right to vote are safer for all.
Take ACTION by Contacting your Senators to urge them to support this important piece of legislation. U.S. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121.
Here are a few articles which provide important background information about H.R. 1 and what events led to the creation of this bill.
- Unpacking the Fight Over H.R. 1, the Massive Voting Rights Bill (Slate)
- Why Congress must pass HR 1 and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act (Roll Call)
- Annotated Guide to the For the People Act of 2021 (Brennan Center for Justice)
Sample call script:
Hello my name is [YOUR NAME], and I am calling to urge Senator [NAME] to support The For the People Act. As a member of the Jewish community, I believe that the ability to vote is one of the most essential rights of any thriving democracy. The For the People Act would protect the right to vote, regulate federal elections, and defend the democratic process, transforming our democracy by making it fairer, stronger, and more inclusive. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Check back to the JCJ website and social media for updates on the progress of The For the People Act.