Ten JCUA leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. on July 28 and 29 to meet with congressional leaders and members of the White House administration as part of a trip organized by the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, a group of 21 nonprofit organizations promoting economic and social justice as a core tenet of Jewish life.
By Nikki Stein
Past president and board member, JCUA
Executive Director, Polk Bros. Foundation
July 29, 2011— It was hot in Washington—104 degrees—and the debt limit negotiations were only making it hotter. But 170 of us, all progressive social justice Jews, gathered at 6:45 a.m. Chicago time and spent the day hearing from and talking to members of the Obama administration.
It seemed that senior officials, like Cecilia Muñoz, director of intergovernmental affairs, and Jon Carson, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, wanted to hear from us — what we care about and what we want them to do better. We told them how much this group supports comprehensive immigration reform and any of the steps along the way to achieving it.