September 2022 Newsletter

 

 

Every year, as the summer days begin to wane and children return to their classrooms, I eagerly anticipate the onslaught of the autumnal Jewish holidays. I love the arrival of fall weather and cozy fashions, in addition to the family gatherings that commence on Erev Rosh Hashana. With a new season and transition to a structured routine, this time of year feels more new in many respects than when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. 

Recently, I stepped into a new role as President of NCJW, Pittsburgh Section at a time in history that also can be described as new. The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade set in motion a new reality for women and people who can become pregnant, which has made our work to protect abortion rights and promote reproductive justice more important than ever. I hope you will join me on September 20th at the Just Films screening of The Janes, a documentary about an underground, women-led abortion network, to learn about how a few social justice warriors risked everything to help women in need in the early 1970’s, pre-Roe.

In addition to fighting for abortion access, NCJW Pittsburgh will be engaging in efforts to protect and promote the vote leading up to the critical midterm elections taking place on November 8th. Please take note of the important information in this newsletter regarding voter recruitment and engagement, and please consider signing up to serve as a poll worker. I worked at the polls in November 2020 and found it to be a gratifying and worthwhile experience. Let’s power the polls and support our democratic process!

 

With a faith in the future and a belief in action,

Andrea Glickman, President of the Board
NCJW Pittsburgh

 

 
 
 

#ActForAbortion - Week of Abortion Access Action
September 12-16+

Stay tuned for our email next week that will outline our actions for this week. There will be many opportunities to get involved as we join NCJW, Inc. and NCJW sections nationwide in a week of focused action.

 

 
 

NCJW Pgh Co-Founder Pauline Hanauer Rosenberg Home Historic Designation
Thursday, September 15, 4:30 - 6:00PM

Join current NCJW Board Member, Matthew Falcone, in-person, as he showcases the public spaces where Pauline Rosenberg held some of the first NCJW meetings and had an office. Enjoy some of-the-era refreshments. See the historic marker on the street unveiled and mingle with politicians and commissioners. Please note that the indoor portion of the event has a fee and limited space, while the outdoor event is free and unlimited. See the registration page for further details. Register HERE.

Yes, YOU May Qualify!
Friday, September 23, Noon

Finding it harder to make ends meet? You are not alone. A recent study shows a growing group of people in the Pittsburgh area are economically insecure, and inflation makes meeting basic needs even more challenging. Join MomsWork and Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. for an hour to explore support for working families, such as help with food, child care, and more, because yes, YOU may qualify! Register HERE.

Hidden Gems for Pittsburgh Parents: Free, Quality Drop-in Childcare
Wednesday, September 28, Noon

Join MomsWork virtually to learn about lesser known local gems that can help make parenting so much easier. Gathering with us in our first in a series of programs on these local hidden gems will be Jillian Long of Jeremiah's Place, a center that offers FREE high-quality drop-in childcare for life’s bumps such as medical appointments, respite care, school closure days, and more! Register HERE.

Just Films Series: The Janes
Tuesday, September 20; Reception Starts at 5:30PM, Film Starts at 6:00PM
Chatham's Shadyside Campus

NCJW is again a sponsoring organization for the Just Films series with Chatham University’s Women’s Institute. This series of films and discussions on gender and intersectional social justice issues promises to be riveting, with wide-ranging topics. For more information and/or to reserve your tickets click HERE: https://justfilmspgh.org

The first film in the series is The Janes.

In the spring of 1972, police raided an apartment on the South Side of Chicago where seven women who were part of a clandestine network were arrested and charged. Using code names, fronts, and safe houses to protect themselves and their work, the accused had built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions. They called themselves “Jane.” Directed by Oscar-nominee Tia Lessin (HBO’s Trouble the Water) and Emmy-nominee Emma Pildes (HBO’s Jane Fonda in Five Acts).

Free and open to the public. Register HERE to receive important information about each screening.

Folks, there’s good news and there’s bad news.

The good news is that the Inflation Reduction Act has passed! We’re going to see corporations pay more of their fair share in taxes as well as increased funding for the IRS to go after those evading taxes, Medicare will be allowed to negotiate drug prices, the Affordable Care Act has secured funding for another three years, and most importantly, we have historic investments in clean energy and extensive climate protections.

The bad news is that the Inflation Act is a watered-down version of Build Back Better, missing most of the good stuff. It wasn’t just child care we lost, but most of the social safety net Americans and American families need.

Here’s what we’re missing:

  • NO universal, free preschool. Children sit on waitlists instead of their tiny chairs and circle time rugs, while their parents, mainly their moms, are unable to secure child care in order to work.
  • NO child tax credit extensions, meaning childhood poverty continues, and parents struggle to afford their children’s basic needs.
  • NO capping child care costs at no more than 7% of a family’s income. Reminder, child care costs Pittsburgh families up to $1700 a month, PER CHILD. A family with two children would need to earn almost $300,000 to get to 7% - and the median salary for Pittsburghers is only $50,000.

And that’s just childcare. Continue to vote like our future is on the line - because it is! Find your US representatives and senators here and tell them in your own words that they can’t keep ignoring the most vulnerable among us, and share your words on social media, tagging MomsWork! (Facebook, Instagram) Women and children are still far behind, and all of our voices are needed to change it.

Last week, Governor Tom Wolf filed a brief asking the PA Supreme Court to take up his request to declare SB106 invalid and protect reproductive rights. NCJW has joined the fight against this proposed PA Constitutional amendment in the courts, on the House floor and at the ballot box.


This week Google joined other search engines, like Yelp, to label each Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) as, “not an abortion provider.” CPC’s often use marketing methods to make themselves look like an abortion clinic when, in fact, there are no medical reproductive healthcare services of any kind provided. Disinformation is used to get vulnerable people in the door to then try to sway decisions or put pressure on those who are seeking abortion care. CPC’s gained clients by being at the top of many, “abortion services,” searches in Google. Now, even if the algorithm puts the CPC’s at the top, the “not an abortion provider” label will be a way to let people know what services are not provided. This is #ProTruth.

Want to help with reproductive healthcare access by driving people to and from their appointments so they can secure safe transportation to their clinics and providers?

Click to connect with SCAN!

Join our Protect and Promote the Vote group for notices of events and actions HERE.

Check your Voter Registration HERE.

Can you spare a day to support our democratic process? If so, register to be a poll worker. Having adequate numbers of poll workers means we can open all Allegheny County polling stations (over 1300!), keep lines and wait times at the minimum, maintain lower transportation distances for everyone, and ensure that we maximize the possibility of the most votes possible. Voting Counts! Register to be a poll worker HERE

 

NCJW Pittsburgh and NCJW Philadelphia are once again partnering with Vote Forward to write letters to encourage historically underrepresented voters to go to the polls on November 8. Pittsburgh has reserved 100 PA addresses and will be hosting two letter-writing parties. You can also write letters on your own. Register at VOTE FORWARD and select the Pennsylvania Social Tile (pink) to join our campaign. Read the instructions and get started. Stay tuned for our in-person dates! 

Check out our new monthly dedicated email in the third week of each month for all the latest and greatest Thriftique updates! If you didn’t get it last week, check your spam folders or let us know by emailing us at info@ncjwpgh.org.

 

Labor Day Sale - 50% Off All Housewares and Home Decor
Friday and Saturday, September 2-3

Thriftique will celebrate Labor Day with you by offering 50% off all housewares and home decor. This means that anything associated with cooking and eating and anything associated with beautifying your space will be on sale. Are you looking to add to your kitchen collection or change the look of your living space? Stop in to see how we can help with utensils, cookware, dishes, glassware, china, barware, flatware, rugs, lamps, artwork, vases, tabletop decor, planters, etc.

LAST Donation Drive of 2022
Anathan House - 1620 Murray Avenue
Sunday, September 18, 9:00AM - Noon
 

Make sure to take advantage of our final Squirrel Hill pickup of 2022. In downsizing or tidying up your space and donating to Thriftique, not only are you giving new life to your household items, furniture, and clothing, but you are also helping support all the programming of NCJW Pittsburgh. We want your donations, so bring it on!

Designer Days is coming.....
Wednesday - Monday, November 2-7, 2022

VIP Kick-off Party Wednesday, Nov., 2nd from 5-9 PM

Tickets $45 online / $50 door

Further details and information on opportunities to volunteer will be available next month.

 

 

The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century. Inspired by the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (“healing the world”), NCJW courageously takes a progressive stance on issues such as child welfare, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom. And we encourage everyone—people of all faiths—to join us.

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