The Advocacy and Education (A&E) committee is your opportunity to learn about the social and economic justice issues of the day and engage in improving the lives of women, families and children in California and the Sacramento region.
The A&E committee meets monthly to discuss and plan Section involvement in policy and legislative advocacy at the local and state level. Our participation with community and statewide coalitions, such as A Stronger California and the California Interfaith Coalition, amplifies our power as we advocate at the state legislature and Sacramento City and County Councils. Our priorities are based on the resolutions and priorities of the national organization, NCJW, Inc. as appropriate for the unique local and state landscape.
The Section Policy Chair, currently Pat Sturdevant, guides local initiatives and is the Section lead for statewide advocacy through the network of NCJW Sections in California, NCJW California, including its annual Lobby Day.
The A&E Committee also plans and implements educational programs on germane issues through the Speaker Series subcommittee. The Speaker Series presents local, state, and national experts who discuss issues important to our community and state and who help identify advocacy and community service activities attendees can take to promote social justice.
The A&E committee regularly coordinates with the Community Service committee to ensure synergy between advocacy and direct service.
Committee meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month. We welcome everyone to join us and love new project ideas. If you have a passion, bring it and we’ll help to make it happen!
For more information about attending an A&E meeting, contact Barbara Baran.
Issues that we have recently addressed through the A & E committee include:
• Immigrant Justice
• Gun Violence Prevention
• Human Trafficking
• Voter Engagement
• Reproductive rights, health and justice
• Police reform
• Foster youth
• Women’s equity
• Childhood poverty
• Climate Change