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Rebecca Epstein was skeptical when she was asked to apply to the Selah Leadership Program, a national training effort for Jewish leaders at social-justice organizations. But after participating she said, “Selah gave me the confidence to be a good coach as a young person as well as the courage to leave that pretty safe role and put my own skills to the test as a manager.”
The Immigration Equality Action Fund leads a coalition of about a dozen advocacy groups seeking relief for what Plummer estimates is 36,000 binational LGBT couples in the United States. Among the groups is Bend the Arc, the Jewish liberal activist group that has been leading efforts in the Jewish community for family reunification rights for gays and lesbians.
At a recent candidate forum broadcast by CBS 2/KCAL 9 and hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles and Bend the Arc, LA mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti made the case for a major investment in heavy rail, or even a subway through the mountains.
My story is only one amongst many, in which the domestic worker was a major source of strength, and the voice of reason for the family they worked for. I have come to learn how this is often the case with other workers, however the blessing of their presence is usually not acknowledged. What I hope to see happen with domestic workers is that like my grandfather, they too have their humanity more seen and respected by society.
Despite the do-next-to-nothing 113th Congress, bipartisan immigration reform appears to be moving forward, if haltingly. This week on May 1, to mark International Workers’ Day, liberal Jewish groups such as Bend the Arc and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs took part in marches calling for immigration reform.