Our SPA (State Policy Advocacy) Chair keeps our section up to date on state public affairs issues through several section leaders and members who meet with other Illinois NCJW section (South Cook and Tri-County) members who are provided information on issues of concern that are brought forth in the local and state legislative bodies.  The SPA Chairman is appointed by the NCJW National President and is a national leader who heads the public policy work in a state.  They are supervisored by the national board State Policy Advocacy Coordinators and work closely with the Washington DC office staff who provide technical assistance, guidance and resources to help them be effective.

NCJW’s advocacy program integrates education with social action.   We champion issues important to us and our community.  State issues of importance include:

– Well-being of women, children and families

– Public Education

– Reproductive Freedom

– Gun Violence

– Health care reform

– Domestic Violence

– Social justice and Marital Equality

We want to make a difference and we believe we need to hold politicians accountable for their actions and their votes.

 

Sign up for Illinois SPA Action Alerts.  Action Alerts broadcast breaking news, legislative information, and opportunities to speak out to decision-makers.  Take advantage of advocacy resources that make it easy to make an impact!  By signing up, you’ll receive e-mails on pertinent issues, and directions to advocate for them with just a few clicks.  Join the network here.

NCJW’s advocacy positions are based on NCJW’s resolutions, including principles, which are revised and approved by the voting delegates to the national convention every three years.  The resolutions authorize action and provide direction for participation in local, state and national affairs.  As legislation arises which often requires immediate action, we use “calls to action” to alert our members to email and make phone calls to the appropriate officials.  If you would like to make your voice heard in government, Click here to JOIN our ILLINOIS ADVOCACY ACTION NETWORK.