Local Jewish American leaders from across the nation – including Rabbi
Erin Boxt of Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta – will travel to Washington to lobby members of the United States Congress to do all it can to end violence against women, girls and LGBT people worldwide as part of American Jewish World Service’s annual Policy Summit and Lobby Day.
From Sunday to May 13, 135 activists will gather to participate in the summit, which includes panel discussions and workshops on the international social justice issues worked on worldwide by AJWS, the leading Jewish international development and human rights organization.
The Policy Summit and Lobby Day are a part of AJWS’s national advocacy campaign, We Believe, which aims to help end violence against women and girls, stop hate crimes against LGBT people and empower girls to end child marriage. The Policy Summit will end on May 13 with Lobby Day, when activists will personally visit more than 50 Capitol Hill offices to meet with their Members of Congress and urge them to use their power as policymakers to bring about change on these key issues, including by passing the International Violence Against Women Act.