Taking Action

​Hakafa is a congregation of many opinions! Many of us are more motivated than ever, in this post-2016 election climate, to make our voices heard at federal, state, and local levels. In an effort to support and facilitate your empowerment, on this page we will be providing links to issue updates from the Religious Action Center (RAC), National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), and League of Women Voters along with resources for or about kids. From these sites, you can easily access information about social issues, relevant legislation, and action steps to share your opinions with decision makers.
In addition, each week we will update this page with a few positive actions that you may wish to take at the local, state, and federal level. See this week's suggestions below.

Find your legislators here: 
Action items at the local, state, and federal level:

Local Action Items:

  • Women's March Chicago - March to the Polls
    Saturday, January 20, 2018
    A year ago, Chicago women and their allies marched 250,000 strong, ushering in a year of resistance against those who would destroy the principles, freedoms, and ideals on which our country was founded. The work is far from done, and it is time to march again - this time with insistence that we need to do better and persist as we focus on the 2018 elections. If you would like to join a group from Hakafa for the march, please contact Hakafa member, Donna Fishman (donnafishman16@gmail.com). Music and videos begin at 9:00 AM as people gather, speakers/rally at 11:00 AM, and the march will step off around 12:30 PM. Further information can be found on the website http://womens121marchonchicago.org/. Please direct any general questions regarding the march to Hakafa member, Sara Kurensky (kurloon@sbcglobal.net). Please march! As we know, every vote, every person, every footstep counts.

State Action Items:

Federal and World Action Items:     

  • Time is running out for Congress to enact a permanent, legislative fix to the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 (S.1615/H.R.3440) would grant DACA recipients permanent residence status and provide a pathway to citizenship for these undocumented immigrant youth who attend college, work in the U.S., and serve in the military.
  • Congress has the authority to maintain the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program at a level proportionate to the global crisis and in line with our capacity, history, and values

Links to issue updates:
Religious Action Center’s Advocacy & Activism Page

National Council of Jewish Women’s Action page.

​NCJW Chicago North Shore Section
Main page, featuring current news, issues, and events, with links to action items

League of Women Voters

League of Women Voters of Glenview/Glencoe: http://www.lwvglens.org/
League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood: http://www.lwvhp.org/
League of Women Voters of Wilmette: http://www.lwvwilmette.org/

Resources For and About Kids:

Teach Peace Now: http://teachpeacenow.com
Offers ideas and resources to help our children find their voices and contribute to a more peaceful world.

The Ounce of Prevention Fund: http://www.theounce.org/what-we-do/policy/action-center
Supports research and advocacy for crucial early childhood experiences.
ProCon.org: http://www.procon.org
The leading source for pros & cons of controversial issues.