Jews United for Justice event targets Missouri Voter ID Requirement Amendment

Jews United for Justice (JUJ) plans to hold an advocacy and educational program for the Jewish community, in hopes of defeating the Missouri Voter ID Requirement Amendment, or Constitutional Amendment 6, which will be on the Nov. 8 in Missouri.

The JUJ event is set for 7 p.m. (guests can browse information tables starting at 6:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Hillel at Washington University, 6300 Forsyth Blvd. It will feature Adolphus Pruitt, St. Louis NAACP President and leaders of ongoing Jewish community efforts, including those of the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis Section, the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. The event is free and open to the public.

JUJ estimates the Voter ID Amendment “could disenfranchise an estimated 220,000 registered voters with a Missouri state ID,” according to a news release. The amendment would disproportionately affect African-Americans, the elderly, the disabled, students and the poor. 

“What’s happening in Missouri is indicative of the struggle for racial justice and power across the country; it’s about race and it’s about power,” said Denise Lieberman of The Advancement Project in the news release. “It’s no coincidence that just as that particular voting bloc is starting to see a surge in their ability to speak, you see measures precisely targeted at limiting the political voice of those communities.”

The JUJ event will include a brief explanation of JUJ task forces working to help implement efforts of its Forward Through Ferguson programs: 


• Opportunity to Thrive, working on predatory and pay-day lending 

• Justice for All, working to disseminate information and our interpretation of events to the public

• Youth at the Center, helping increase access to high-quality, affordable early childcare education

• Diversity Advocacy and Education, seeking to provide diversity and anti-racism training for staff and lay leadership of synagogues and Jewish organizations. 

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