Advocacy

Take Action with NCJW Advocacy Campaigns

NCJW has been at the forefront of social change for more than 118 years. NCJW members are outspoken champions for progressive policies at the federal, state and local levels. Over the years, NCJW’s collective voice has changed the world for the better — improving the lives of women, children and families in the US and Israel.

NCJW’s history of social action is based in its powerful grassroots network — in local communities and online. Members all over the country courageously speak out when others are silent, taking a progressive stance on such issues as child welfare, women’s rights and reproductive freedom.

Learn about the myriad ways to get involved in NCJW’s action efforts, including the NCJW Action Center — an action alert network that broadcasts breaking news, legislative information and opportunities to speak out to decision-makers — and take advantage of advocacy resources that make it easy to make an impact.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery in which victims are used for forced labor or sexual exploitation. Florida is number three in incidences of human trafficking in the US. At NCJW we feel that it is exceedingly important for the entire community to become involved to help eradicate this problem. It is with this thought in mind that we have launched a Human Trafficking Awareness Program.

This program consists of:

  • General awareness via display of Teen Silhouettes in public places and engaging both teens and parents via the distribution of printed material in both English and Spanish. (Possible venues can be malls, movie theaters, open markets, government landmarks, etc.)
  • Scheduled visits to teen groups (Girls’ Inc., Girl/Boys Scouts, Big Sister/Brother, etc.) with Teen Silhouettes and video footage narrated by a teen and followed by a discussion. This program is introduced by a moderator who prompts the audience with specific questions geared toward encouraging a productive discussion.

Teen Dating Violence Prevention

This project is geared to middle and high school students to raise awareness of inappropriate dating behaviors and where to seek help. Teams of two volunteers show the students a DVD called, “Dealing with Teen Dating Abuse, Matters of Choice.” After the DVD, they conduct a question and answer period with material provided with the DVD.

Lunch and Learn

These are rotated among members’ homes and feature two yearly advocacy topics of interest to the community. People attending bring their own lunch and get treated to hot and cold drinks and dessert. The mode of presentation varies from video/slides to speakers and/or a combination thereof. These sessions fill up quickly and advanced reservations are necessary.

The featured topics this year are Homeless Families in Florida and Immigration: Where have We Gone Wrong? Please see the events calendar on this website for the specifics of these programs to be held in January and March.

For additional information, please contact NCJW at (941) 342-1855.

 

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