Civil Rights - American Jewish Congress

The American Jewish Congress has been a legacy organization of the Jewish community for over 100 years, working to defend Jewish interests at home and abroad through public policy, advocacy, legislation, and the courts.

During the 1960’s, the Congress was an outspoken voice in the Civil Rights Movement, and stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in solidarity with Martin Luther King Jr. as he delivered his historic “I have a dream” speech.

The Civil Rights work of the Congress has focused on advocating for freedom of speech, church-state separation, education, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and, of course, the rights of Jews across the world.

Our recent work supporting Civil Rights includes...

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March 24, 2021 - Stop Gun Violence

The Jewish community and the country as a whole are consistently and directly threatened by easy access to assault weapons. Gun violence ravages our communities and undermines the sense of personal security that all Americans deserve. Congress should pass smart legislation to combat the gun violence epidemic now.

January 26, 2021 - Combat White Supremacy

Join in rejecting Antisemitism and Holocaust denial and supporting the Biden Administration’s decision to combat domestic terrorism and white supremacist activity."

January 4, 2021 - Condemn voter disenfranchisement!

Failing to certify the results of the presidential elections, as some in Congress are now advocating, is a threat to the voting rights of the American people. Join us in condemning efforts to disenfranchise voters!

October 13, 2020 - Joel Rubin appointed as Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen is excited to announce that the organization has hired Joel Rubin to be its next Executive Director. Rubin brings a wealth of both Jewish community and Washington, DC experience to the position, having worked for more than two decades as a Jewish activist, Congressional aide, political advisor, and national security official in both Republican and Democratic administrations. The hiring of Rubin builds upon the storied 102-year-old legacy of the American Jewish Congress as a leader of the American Jewish community. The organization has played a central role in the most significant events impacting both…

July 18, 2020 - American Jewish Congress mourns the loss of Representative John Lewis

The American Jewish Congress mourns the loss of Representative John Lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement and a modern-day American hero. John Lewis committed his life to civil rights activism and the struggle for equality. One of the original Freedom Riders and the youngest member of the Big Six civil rights leaders, John Lewis was always on the front line fighting for freedom. Besides being a legendary activist for racial justice, John Lewis was also a dedicated civil servant. Rep. Lewis served in the U.S. Congress for more than three decades and as a legislator continued to contribute…

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