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Advocates For Minimum Wage Increase Demonstrate At LIRR Stations

WSHU Public Radio | March 29, 2016

Advocates gathered at several Long Island Rail Road stations on Monday to pressure lawmakers to include a $15 minimum wage in the New York State budget. More than a dozen supporters, including Rachel Ackoff of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, held a press conference at the Hicksville train station.

Wage-Hike Activists Protest Monday at LIRR Stations

Newsday | March 28, 2016

About a dozen protesters gathered in the rain at the LIRR’s Garden City station Monday morning, holding signs with messages including “#FightFor15” and “All Workers Deserve a Living Wage.”

They chanted “We believe that we can win!” and “What do we want? Fifteen! When do we want it? Now!”

The Danger of Invisibility (On Purim and Mass Incarceration)

Jewschool | March 21, 2016

As the youngest child in my family, I felt like older people weren’t interested in listening to me. When I did speak up, I was often dismissed – what do you know? As a result, I stayed quiet at the dinner table and played games of make-believe by myself. In a way, I embraced my invisibility by seeking out hiding spots to read and play. Perhaps, that’s why I loved the holiday of Purim, which will be celebrated this week. Besides the fact that it involved carnivals and dressing in costume, it was based on a story about concealed identities revealed and people with little power, in particular our Jewish heroine, speaking up.

Why Jewish New Yorkers are Fighting for $15

The Huffington Post | March 3, 2016

By the end of March, our elected representatives in Albany will have a chance to tackle income inequality, make New York more economically competitive, help right a racial injustice, and give our young people the financial power to build a life in the communities where they grew up -- all with a single vote.

Marc Baum

January/February Newsletter | February 11, 2016

“I think it is important to participate in the political process — period. It is important that some of that is through a Jewish organization so that it is clear that our community is not just pursuing parochial interests.” Meet Marc, chair of Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, who says, “We have a moral imperative to speak out for others just as we have relied on others to speak out for us.”