As a volunteer organization of activist women since 1909, NCJW/LA has developed generations of women leaders and advocates serving the nonprofit and civic communities.
The definition of Advocacy is a political process by an individual or group whose aim is to influence public-policy decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Advocacy can include many activities that a person or organization undertakes including media campaigns, public speaking, action alerts, and lobbying by individuals or groups.
Explore our Legislative Action page for up-to-date information on new legislation and laws on the local, state, national, and international level including ways to take action on various issues.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and NCJW/LA is urging the California State Legislators to make ending domestic violence a top priority in the upcoming legislative session. Take action right now by signing the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Petition!
Join our Advocacy Committee and become part of an exciting, active and committed group of individuals who are prepared to make change, develop fresh new ideas, and design programs targeted to encourage young women to become involved in decisions that effect their future, their bodies and their lives!
Following are examples of who we are and what we do:
We have tackled critical issues that have included domestic violence, human trafficking, equal rights for women, marriage equality, public education, legal rights for immigrants, reproductive rights and family planning options, separation of religion and state, sexual abuse against women in the military, environmental issues as well as other issues that impact the well-being of women, children, and families.
NCJW’s Advocacy Committee members take action and give testimony to local, state, and national legislators including annual trips to Sacramento to lobby our own elected officials. In addition, they participate in coalitions, write letters to legislators, attend outside meetings, phone bank and help organize our monthly lunchtime programs and film series and have often participated in peaceful demonstrations, and often join forces with other coalitions and organizations to create broader collective power.
NCJW/LA is part of a nationwide network of NCJW sections that can be brought into action with the click of a mouse.
- Action Alerts—Members can sign up to receive information and updates via email about one or more core issues and are kept informed when action is needed.
- Workshops—These programs educate our community on ways to become more involved in the legislative process.
- Lunchtime Speaker Series—This monthly series of programs educates NCJW/LA members and the general public about core issues through speakers, panel discussions, and films. Participants have the opportunity to learn from legislators, educators, and activists about current state and local issues as well as discuss the agenda for women and children.
- Washington Institute—Members from across the country come together at NCJW’s premier advocacy event to listen to outstanding speakers and grassroots activists as they explore the key issues facing women, children, and families today. Held once every three years, the Washington Institute is also an opportunity to meet with senators and representatives to discuss issues of concern.
- Women In Action Lobby Day (WIALD)—This annual event held in Sacramento allows women from across the state the opportunity to network as well as meet with their legislative representatives and advocate on state issues. NCJW sections from across California participate.
- Film Series—Our film series strives to educate and inform on issues of concern such as the environment, human rights, Jewish history, education, and other topical interests.
- On-site student registration programs at local high schools.
- Stopping Domestic Violence
- Stopping Human Trafficking
- Child Care
- Gun Control
- Reproductive Rights
- Judicial Appointments
- Health Care
- Separation of Church and State
- Individual Rights
For More Information
To learn more about the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles’s Advocacy efforts and programs, contact Ruth Williams, Director of Advocacy, at 323-852-8503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.