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Kanya Bennett, American Civil Liberties Union

Kanya Bennett serves as a Legislative Counsel in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. In this capacity, Kanya advances criminal justice reform at the federal level. Prior to joining the ACLU, Kanya spent over three years at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy as the Director of Policy Development and Programming where she focused
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Hilary O. Shelton

Hilary 0. Shelton, presently serves as the Director to the NAACP’s Washington Bureau / Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy. The Washington Bureau is the Federal legislative and national public policy division of the over 500,000- member, 2,200-membership unit, national civil rights organization. In this capacity, Hilary is responsible for advocating the federal public
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Criminal Justice Reform: Reengaging the Jewish Community in Civil Rights

Mass incarceration constitutes one of the greatest civil rights crises facing our nation. Our country now incarcerates more than 2.2 million people–a full quarter of the world’s prisoners. One in every 15 black men and one in every 36 Latino men is incarcerated today. The Jewish community has a strong tradition of advocating for civil
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Kayla Patrick, National Women’s Law Center

Kayla Patrick is an education policy fellow conducting research and analysis about the barriers preventing marginalized girls from achieving educational success. Kayla has an expertise in using data-based analysis to inform U.S. education policy and practices, especially to improve the lives of underserved children of color. Kayla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political
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Myriam Darmoni Charbit

Myriam Darmoni Charbit is Director of Civics and Shared life Education, Center for Educational Technology in Tel Aviv. She leads a team of ten staff members from various groups in the Israeli society. Her work focuses on developing strategies and resources for teachers to nurture civic dialogue in the classrooms and to engage Jewish and
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Barbara Weinstein, Religious Action Center

Barbara Weinstein is the Religious Action Center’s Associate Director. She directs legislative policy and helps guide the many aspects of the RAC’s social justice work. Barbara is also the Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, a joint body of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism
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Marci Gerston, Silicon Valley

Marci Gerston is currently serving her fifth and last year as chair of the JCRC at the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. Her 2.5 terms have been focused among other things on African American and Muslim relations, immigration and affordable housing. Marci was born and raised in Philadelphia PA. She attended college and law school
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Civil Rights: Then and Now

The Jewish community has a strong tradition of advocating for civil rights, such as supporting passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act. Efforts to erode these critical laws are currently underway at both the national and state leve, and since the Civil Rights Era, the Jewish and African American
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Renee Rosenfeld, United Way

Renée Rosenfeld is Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way of the National Capital Area where she oversees the brand development and communications to bring to life the organization’s mission, vision and work in building the most vibrant and accessible community for everyone in the National Capital Area. Renée is a multi award-winning
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Magda Schaler-Haynes, Columbia University

Magda Schaler-Haynes is an attorney specializing in health and social policy, reproductive rights, and health care reform. As an independent consultant, she provides research-driven strategic guidance to diverse public, non-profit and private sector clients. Magda’s recent work includes serving as Amicus Manager for the Center for Reproductive Rights in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the
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