Getting Environmentalists to Drive Elections

An Interview with Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder of the Environmental Voter Project by Aaron Dorman   THE ENVIRONMENTAL Voter Project was founded in 2015 by Boston-based political campaign adviser Nathaniel Stinnett, with the aim of identifying citizens for whom environmental issues are high-priority and increasing their turnout in national, state, and local elections. “[P]olls also show that […]

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O My America: Make America Great Again #1

by Lawrence Bush AS THE TRUMP presidency begins, there are thirty-one states that enforce voter identification requirements, according to Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics. A total of sixteen states require voters to present photo identification, while fifteen accept other forms of identification. Restrictive registration laws are being fought vehemently in the courts. But to […]

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February 17: The Radio Station Philanthropist

Joseph Rosenmiller, who became a radio station millionaire and donated much of his fortune to causes like voting rights and the improvement of the lives of domestic workers, was born in York, Pennsylvania on this date in 1925. In 1956 he and fellow Yale alumnus, Peter A. Bordes, purchased an AM radio station in Bridgeport, […]

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Seeing “Selma” in Tel Aviv

by Hillel Schenker THERE IS SOMETHING profoundly moving about seeing Selma in Tel Aviv. Although the events described in the movie took place in Alabama in 1965, they clearly resonate with the Israeli experience of 2015. The catalyst for the events described in the film was the obstacles placed before black voters by rightwing white […]

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Black Liberation and Jewish Identity

From the Spring 2014 issue of Jewish Currents The exploitation and oppression of African Americans have been defining features of our country’s history since the first black slaves were hauled ashore in the Virginia colony in 1619. Black servitude was a keystone of our country’s wealth for more than two centuries, and underpaid black labor […]

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August 6: The 1965 Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on this date in 1965. The bill had been drafted in the conference room of Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, under the aegis of the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights, a coalition that included the majority of Jewish religious and […]

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June 19: The 1964 Civil Rights Act

The 1964 Civil Rights Act was approved by the Senate on this date after enduring a lengthy filibuster led by Southern Democrats. This landmark legislation, as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, were drafted in the conference room of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C., under the aegis of […]

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April 4: Dr. King

The 20th-century prophet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on this date in 1968 at age 39. Among white Americans participating in the movement that Dr. King led, Jews played a brave and disproportionate role. More than a third of the young white Northerners who participated in the Freedom Summer of 1964 were Jewish, […]

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