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A Jewish Voice at the Advocacy Table 03-08-21 Don not delete - Shared screen with speaker view
Anna Hartman
17:20
Welcome everyone!
Sheri Brown
17:55
Hi. Sheri Brown from Tikvat Israel in Rockville, MD
Sheri Brown
18:10
Inspiration: the Paradigm Project leaders!
Deborah Moukit
18:13
Debbie Moukit - Gan Shelanu in Newton, MA
Jessica Robins
18:16
Jessica Robins, Mandel JCC (Cleveland area). My grandma (Adelle Robins)
Alana Levitt
18:16
hello! Alana Levitt from Kehillat Israel ECC in Pacific Palisades, CA
Jody Rubin
18:18
Jody Rubin, The J ECC St. Louis
Sandra Blasberg
18:29
Sandra Blasberg- Miami Florida
Rachel Raz
18:33
Rachel Raz - Waltham MA. My mother and grandmother:)
Sharon Sherry
18:38
Sharon Sherry, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Shellie Dickstein
18:44
Shellie Dickstein, New York. My mother and mother-in-law
Jeannie Lovy
18:46
Jeannie Lovy, formerly Johns Hopkins University and JCC Greater Boston. My grandmother Lavinia was an incredible example of resilience for me.
Alana Levitt
18:51
RBG!
Sasha Kopp
18:54
Hi! I’m Sasha Kopp from The Jewish Education Project. So grateful for Aliza Plokin!! such an importnant friend and colleague for me this crazy hard year
Elizabeth Gebert (she/her)
18:59
Liz Gebert, Stamford JCC, Mrs Cooperine
David Stanton
19:17
Dave Stanton, The GECC at the J in Dallas. My first mentor in the field, Kate Danforth.
Madeline Lowitz
19:21
Hello. Madeline Lowitz in Houston, My inspiration - my daughter Aliza Plotkin!
Faith Williams, NCJW (she/her)
19:38
Faith Williams, NCJW, Inc. she/her pronouns. Thank you for having me! My boss Jody Rabhan is an important mentor for me!
Anna Hartman
19:42
Anna Hartman in Chicago, thinking about my mother, my sister, and my grandmother. Each an activist in her own right.
Ellyn Weisz
20:45
Ellyn Weisz …..Beth Tikvah Congregation Early Childhood Center ….Hoffman Estates IL....My mom and also professionally Janice Cohn z'l of the Board of Jewish Education ECC of Chicago
Kathy Pomer
21:43
Kathy Pomer in New Hampshire - Coming from amazing stock and many women whose voices are always still heard by me in my own head everyday! Betsy, Helen, Minnie Bell and the legend I never met, Babette
Alana Levitt she/her KI ECC
22:47
one of my all time favorite quotes
Anna Hartman
24:14
—Welcoming Jody Rabhan and Faith Williams from NCJW!
Sasha Kopp
24:24
Beautiful and inspiring framing Aliza - love putting our modern work in a historical context!
Jody Rabhan, NCJW Inc, she/her
24:33
We are so thrilled to be here with all of you!
Anna Hartman
24:47
We are so honored to host these amazing women!
Anna Hartman
28:45
—Overview of issues that are relevant to our work in ECE
Anna Hartman
28:55
And the role of storytelling
Anna Hartman
29:08
Overview of NCJW work in advocating for childcare.
Anna Hartman
29:39
NCJW: earliest advocacy was for children.
Anna Hartman
30:15
Guided by Jewish value of caved habriyot (caring for all of God’s creations)
Anna Hartman
30:30
Pandemic has been devastating for women, esp women of color.
Anna Hartman
30:55
We lost 140k jobs in our nation just in the month of December, all of them women.
Anna Hartman
31:19
Since start of pandemic, 40% of women stopped working or reduced hours due to caregiving responsibilities.
Anna Hartman
31:56
COVID relief bill/ stimulus/ American Rescue Plan. Passed in Senate over weekend, heading back to the House.
Anna Hartman
32:28
Once all done and signed by President, collectively all of these plans will have dedicated a total of $50B to childcare sector.
Anna Hartman
32:45
Plus various tax credits for those raising children.
Anna Hartman
33:34
Full child tax credits will be available to all.
Anna Hartman
33:50
Would lift 1.1 million children out of deep poverty.
Anna Hartman
34:16
The changes to the child tax credit alone are expected to cut child poverty in half. If made permanent, will have multi-generation positive effects.
Anna Hartman
35:09
Buttressing childcare sector.
Anna Hartman
35:21
This is vital for women, and for women to be able to return to workplace.
Anna Hartman
35:34
Make childcare more affordable for all
Anna Hartman
35:53
One of the single largest anti-poverty measures in American history
Anna Hartman
36:57
Looking at minimum wage aspect of this bill: Passed in the House, and then Senate parliamentarian ruled it could not be included. And this increase to minimum wage will not be in the bill.
Anna Hartman
37:13
$7.25 is the federal minimum wage and it has been the same for 10 years.
Anna Hartman
38:06
There is a bill to increase this to 15% by 2025, and then would index to inflation. Raise the Wage Act. In both House and Senate.
Jody Rabhan, NCJW Inc, she/her
39:23
FMLA passed in 1993!
Anna Hartman
39:33
Another element of economic justice important to us is paid family leave. Specifically, the federal vehicle we support is the Family Act, introduced by Senators DeLauro and Gillibrand. Permanent national family leave act for the individuals who don’t currently have access to this leave.
Anna Hartman
39:41
We need paid family leave.
Anna Hartman
39:50
High income workers more likely to have access to this.
Aliza Plotkin (she/her)
40:07
or who are caring for our children!
Anna Hartman
40:15
These without access are more likely to be women, and women of color
Anna Hartman
40:32
Paid family leave law still eludes us at the federal level.
Anna Hartman
40:41
Right now really dependent on where you live.
Anna Hartman
41:13
The Family Act would provide 12 weeks paid leave. Would have huge impact on single parents and low wage earners. These are those hit hardest economically by COVID-19.
Anna Hartman
41:30
We have endeavored to have this included in one of the relief bills.
Jody Rabhan, NCJW Inc, she/her
42:00
incentives : )
Anna Hartman
42:10
In its place, there are voluntary tax incentives if companies provide paid leave
Jody Rabhan, NCJW Inc, she/her
42:29
They took it out, so the Senate bill passed without it.
Anna Hartman
42:43
(Taxing companies if they don’t do what needs to be done is another way to approach this)
Anna Hartman
43:04
Pay equity is another area of our focus—specifically the wage gap.
Anna Hartman
44:44
Orgs that work on the wage gap map out equal pay days each year.
Anna Hartman
45:44
It takes the average Latina until October 21 of this year to earn what a woman earned last year.
Anna Hartman
46:54
Inst. for women policy research has shown us that the wage gap narrowed between men and women, but that is bc lowest paid women dropped out of the workforce, not bringing down the amount!
Jody Rabhan, NCJW Inc, she/her
47:23
Fun fact: NCJW helped pass the Equal Pay Act and attended the bill signing at the White House.
Anna Hartman
47:36
Paycheck Fairness Act, introduced in January 2021.
Anna Hartman
47:58
Need more and better data collection to continue this work.
Anna Hartman
48:23
Regarding childcare, NCJW has been advocating for a total of $50 billion. We seem to be getting there. BUT these changes are not permanent.
Anna Hartman
48:44
Other countries around the world are supporting working parents (esp mothers!) better than we are.
Anna Hartman
48:58
We won’t be able to go back to “normal” without addressing childcare.
Anna Hartman
49:16
We expect a new bill to be (re)introduced: Childcare is Essential Act.
Anna Hartman
49:32
We still have a petition open for this.
Anna Hartman
49:57
It is really symptomatic of how as a nation we undervalue caregiving and teaching roles.
Jody Rabhan, NCJW Inc, she/her
50:11
and early childcare educators, and on and on
Anna Hartman
51:22
Reviewing: Raise the Wage Act, The Family Act, Paycheck Fairness Act, whatever bills come next for Childcare.
Jody Rabhan, NCJW Inc, she/her
51:27
https://www.ncjw.org/act/action/workers-deserve-paid-leave/
Jody Rabhan, NCJW Inc, she/her
51:44
https://www.ncjw.org/act/action/sign-the-petition-save-child-care/
Jody Rabhan, NCJW Inc, she/her
51:51
Take action right now!
Anna Hartman
51:58
Stay tuned for updated briefs on all of these. Here are links for those that are now ready.
Anna Hartman
52:43
Questions?
Faith Williams, NCJW (she/her)
54:43
here's the rub!
Anna Hartman
54:48
American Rescue Plan (Covid Relief/President’s plan/stimulus) has $1,400 direct checks, extended unemployment insurance, funding for vaccines, rent forgiveness and eviction moratorium AND has pieces that would support fans and children. Tax credits and Childcare and Development Block Grant.
Faith Williams, NCJW (she/her)
56:01
perhaps more than you ever wanted to know on the topic: https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-budget/introduction-to-budget-reconciliation
David Stanton
56:13
It sounds as if $39 Billion is being allocated to Childcare in the Act in the American Rescue Plan. Is there a sense as to how that money is going to be allocated or is there a way/recommendation for how to advocate for it's allocation?
Jeannie Lovy
57:18
Thank you for being here - this is fantastic information.
Shellie Dickstein
57:52
Each state is getting a certain percentage of the relief money, What is the best way for families to stay I the know of when they can access funds?
Aliza Plotkin (she/her)
58:25
https://www.clasp.org/publications/fact-sheet/child-care-estimates-american-rescue-plan
Shellie Dickstein
58:29
When and how....
Aliza Plotkin (she/her)
58:31
This is the best estimate!
Faith Williams, NCJW (she/her)
58:36
Love CLASP!
David Stanton
58:54
Thank you!
Anna Hartman
59:47
@Jody, any advice on this Q from Shellie? “Each state is getting a certain percentage of the relief money, What is the best way for families to stay I the know of when they can access funds?”
Jody Rabhan, NCJW Inc, she/her
01:00:50
@Anna @Shellie great question. I don't know - but I can follow up once I see the final bill language.
Shellie Dickstein
01:01:24
Jody, thanks!
Anna Hartman
01:03:19
MORE WOMEN IN POSITIONS OF POWER is what it will take for ECE for all to be a priority.
Anna Hartman
01:03:24
WOMEN LEADING.
Jody Rabhan, NCJW Inc, she/her
01:04:16
Amen!
Anna Hartman
01:04:23
Some democracy reforms would also have to be put in place. Do our elected officials represent who we are as a nation. Electoral college as an example of a foundational democracy element that would need to be reformed.
Anna Hartman
01:05:52
Advocacy: using your influence and power of persuasion to make change. Lots of ways to get your point across.
Anna Hartman
01:05:58
Blog
Anna Hartman
01:06:00
Email
Anna Hartman
01:06:11
Free account on Medium.com for getting out your feelings that you share
Anna Hartman
01:06:19
Op-ed or letter to editor in local paper or mag
Anna Hartman
01:06:27
Talk about the issue over Zoom or at the dinner tab;e
Anna Hartman
01:06:39
Social media—share an article and/or how you feel about it
Anna Hartman
01:06:43
storytelling
Anna Hartman
01:07:01
Helps bring your message to life, provides emotional connection, helps influence, teach, inspire
Anna Hartman
01:07:28
Could be a story you read about or story of someone you know—a narrative is stickier than wonky details
Anna Hartman
01:07:44
Elements that help make a story sing: head, heart, hand.
Anna Hartman
01:07:58
Stating the issue. Emotional connection. Call to action.
Anna Hartman
01:08:01
Within those:
Anna Hartman
01:08:21
Know your last line. No matter what, you want to know how you will end, how to be impactful. The last thing they will hear from you.
Anna Hartman
01:08:41
Name people. Use a real name or take a first name that can help make the story stick. Gets to emotion.
Anna Hartman
01:08:51
Sensory: Get the audience into the experience.
Anna Hartman
01:09:19
Keep it short. Just the right amount of info so that you keep your audience, their mind doesn’t wander, all aspects of story included.
Anna Hartman
01:09:39
Those are toppling elements to advocacy. With storytelling as a particularly good way to get your point across.
Faith Williams, NCJW (she/her)
01:09:55
Thank you all so much!
Anna Hartman
01:09:55
Did you get the blintzes stocked?!
Anna Hartman
01:10:01
What was your pitch for the blintzes?!
Faith Williams, NCJW (she/her)
01:10:26
Boy there's an allegory for advocacy!
Anna Hartman
01:10:42
Today rabbah!
Anna Hartman
01:10:48
*todah
Ellyn Weisz
01:10:59
Thank you
David Stanton
01:11:04
Thank you so much for taking your time today
Anna Hartman
01:11:20
https://www.ncjw.org/act/action/join/
Shellie Dickstein
01:11:37
Thank you! So great to have partners in this work!
Anna Hartman
01:12:13
And now…stories from the field!
Anna Hartman
01:12:40
Please God we should emerge from this pandemic better and stronger than ever!
Anna Hartman
01:12:49
#Hitorerut #Awakening
Aliza Plotkin (she/her)
01:13:07
Jessica Robins is the Director of Early Childhood Services at Beachwood Mandel JCC in Cleveland. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and history of art from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to teach elementary school in the South Bronx with Teach for America (TFA). During that time, she received her Master of Science in elementary education at the Bank Street College of Education. Following her graduation and TFA commitment, she then moved to Israel to participate in a one year fellowship program called Otzma. While in Israel, she taught English in schools and did development work for WIZO (Women’s International Zionist Organization).Jessica returned to New York to work for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, an educational nonprofit, where she mentored and coached public and charter school teachers teaching entrepreneurship skills to students in low income middle and high schools throughout the city.
Anna Hartman
01:13:24
Two professionals will join us: Jessica Robins from JCC in Cleveland.
Anna Hartman
01:14:27
Story of advocacy for the vaccine. Ohio did not include EC educators in phase 1.
Anna Hartman
01:14:29
(Boo!)
Anna Hartman
01:16:37
Vaccine would have been light at end of the tunnel. I am part of a group of EC directors in Jewish community in Cleveland. Our group gathered in January and shared what were doing individually. We had made calls and written letters. But nothing that was en masse or planned or unified. We brainstormed and wrote a letter signed by all of us for the governor. Realized wouldn’t get response. So we met again and created a petition. Hardest part was coming up with the language for the petition—wanted to be concise and inclusive, so everyone would feel connected to it.
Anna Hartman
01:16:48
The last bit was that we wanted our governor to relate to it.
Anna Hartman
01:17:16
Thought a lot about the economy and also the impact on young families in general, their mental and financial health.
Anna Hartman
01:17:39
We included the governor and 11 members of his office on the petition.
Anna Hartman
01:18:00
We rebased the petition and had social media campaign, and hashtag.
Anna Hartman
01:18:26
Sent to various folks in our networks, posted on social media. Within a pretty short while, signed by 24,888 people!
Anna Hartman
01:18:31
Shared 7,351 times!
Anna Hartman
01:18:43
Read 218,000 times
Anna Hartman
01:18:55
Garnered media attention.
Anna Hartman
01:19:25
A few weeks with lots of media attention. The governor then had to respond.
Alana Levitt she/her KI ECC
01:19:34
interesting- Ohio NAEYC is very active, too. Big mistake by the Governor!
Aliza Plotkin (she/her)
01:19:56
Power of the network and sharing each others stories!
Anna Hartman
01:20:11
“We are just as essential as other educators"
Aliza Plotkin (she/her)
01:20:38
Importance of the pivot, finding what is next
Anna Hartman
01:20:51
Governor did not change his decision. We changed tac—forget 1b, could we get into 1c? Made small videos with educators sharing their stories.
Anna Hartman
01:21:21
Were actually successful. Last Monday we learned that ECE would be at the top of 1c.
Anna Hartman
01:21:28
And there was rejoicing across the land!
Anna Hartman
01:22:10
“Orah v’simchah v’sason v’ivar” (joy and gladness!)
Aliza Plotkin (she/her)
01:22:23
Liz Gebert, Director of KinderPlace, has been with the JCC for over 20 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Delaware.
Anna Hartman
01:23:02
Jessica, please pass on our amazement to all of your crew in Cleveland! You inspire us!
Anna Hartman
01:23:46
Liz at JCC in Stamford, Connecticut, tells us about her advocacy group in CT who had worked together to make vaccines happen—vaccine clinics for ECE teachers.
Anna Hartman
01:23:56
And then the city where Liz lived decided would not do this.
Anna Hartman
01:24:36
We asked how we could help make the vaccine clinics happen. We were ignored.
Anna Hartman
01:24:53
;) Fueled by rage
Anna Hartman
01:25:23
Our local network worked together to schedule teachers and directors to call the health department and mayor every ten minutes one day.
Anna Hartman
01:25:36
The secretary told us to give up.
Anna Hartman
01:25:39
But we didn’t.
Anna Hartman
01:26:35
If our own mayor and health dept won’t take care of us, who will? So we divided up who would call which of the local distributors. And we got a response from one of these places, and a plan was developed.
Anna Hartman
01:26:45
Entire staff got vaccinated.
Anna Hartman
01:27:09
40% of vaccines put out would be dedicated for ECE professionals.
Anna Hartman
01:27:46
On our own, none of us could have made this happen. An amazing experience to walk into my teachers’ classrooms and say, let’s pass around this laptop so you can sign up for our dedicated vaccine clinic.
Anna Hartman
01:28:03
In a time where I can get overwhelmed by the big things, this was somehow attainable and achievable.
Anna Hartman
01:28:25
Not throwing away their shot in CT!
Ellyn Weisz
01:28:34
The state of Illinois sent out a certificate for EC teachers as proof we are teachers to qualify for the 1B.
Anna Hartman
01:29:01
If we can find our own entry points, will come out of this different than we ever thought we could.
Anna Hartman
01:29:55
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