The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) was presented with the Champions for Social Change Award at the NCJW Washington Institute on April 8. in ceremonies in Washington. The award is designed to honor an NCJW section for excellence in developing and implementing an effective NCJW social change campaign.
The section received the award for its “Engaging New Voices and Voters Coalition” effort. The campaign was intended to educate about voter rights and registration.
The NCJW coalition concentrated its efforts on registering as many new voters as they could in time for the 2018 midterm elections. They also were successful in influencing the passage of Louisiana House Bill 265, which restored voting rights to incarcerated citizens.
Working with the League of Women Voters, the NCJW coalition eventually expanded to include other partners including the 100 Black Women, the American Association of University Women (AAUONO), Avodah, C’est La Vote, Hadassah, Indivisibles, Jewish Federation JNOLA, Lower 9th Voters Coalition, New Orleans Coalition, N.O. LINKS, NO Public Libraries, NOW, NowLove, MOVE, Registrar of Voters, Touro Synagogue and Urban League.
“Being recognized as Champions for Social Change means that you are not afraid to step into hard work and challenge the status quo,” Jody Rabhan, NCJW director of government relations and advocacy said. “Through your dedication and hard work, you have embodied what being fearless leaders looks like at NCJW.”