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Advocacy

We are living through a critical moment that demands all of our voices. Hazon is here to help you take action… even if you aren’t following all the complexities taking place on Capitol Hill!

We are tracking opportunities for the Jewish community to tip the scales toward climate smart food policy.  Make sure that you are signed up for our email list and we’ll call you to action (well, we’ll email you to action) when a groundswell of grassroots voices would make a difference. Frequency will depend on exactly what is happening legislatively but expect 6-10 alerts per year. We will ask you to pick up the phone to ask for a very specific detail- a highly effective tactic compared to petitions with sweeping requests.

Intimidated by the thought of calling your legislator? We’ll make it easy by providing a clear script. You don’t need any prior understanding of what a filibuster is or what political infighting is happening in which relevant subcommittees! All you will need is the script and your precious voice- the most powerful lever of democracy.

With massive momentum building and a lot of climate conscious discussion happening on capitol hill, millions of farmers and eaters are moving the needle toward an equitable, nutritious food system that sequesters carbon, reduces waste, adapts to a changing climate and corrects for longstanding discrimination to put our food security in the hands of people rather than consolidated industry.

Check out our action alerts here and find out what we’re reading about federal food and farm policy here.

There are many strong organizations out there doing the hard work of following the issues and helping connect individuals to their elected leaders at the right times with the right messages. Consider connecting with one of our incredible allies and partners to further your involvement or take direct action. 

Partners and Allies

Citizen’s Climate Lobby: A non-religious advocate for policy change, but which has a cohort Jewish Action Group for its members

Dayenu: The largest Jewish voice advocating for policy change

Jewish Earth Alliance: is a grassroots network of partner organizations working together to enable Jews to engage in the policy process as citizens.

Jewish Climate Action Network: Mobilizing communities to take leadership in bold climate campaigns through education and reducing carbon footprints.

National Religious Partnership for the Environment: seeking to encourage people of faith to weave values and programs of care for God’s creation throughout the entire fabric of religious life

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: advocates for federal policy reform for the sustainability of food systems, natural resources, and rural communities

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: advocates for federal policy reform for the sustainability of food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

Participating Member – These are the advocacy partners and channels Hazon, as an organization, regularly advocates through:

Jewish Social Justice Roundtable

Jewish Earth Alliance

Jewish Climate Action Network: Mobilizing communities to take leadership in bold climate campaigns through education and reducing carbon footprints.

National Religious Partnership for the Environment: seeking to encourage people of faith to weave values and programs of care for God’s creation throughout the entire fabric of religious life

 

Recent Public Statements – When appropriate, Hazon adds our name in support of pending legislation or in general support of issues at a Federal and local (in NY and Michigan) level; we do not endorse any particular candidates. 

Farm System Reform Act – public signatory of letter laying out a pathway towards a more sustainable, humane farming system, starting with a moratorium on large CAFOs and a full prohibition of large CAFOs by 2040

Citizen’s Climate Lobby – Hazon supports the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act as an effective, bipartisan response to the climate crisis. We are facing a global climate emergency, and people of all faiths have a responsibility to take action in order to prevent the most devastating consequences and to preserve a habitable planet for future generations. Scholarly analysis (Columbia University) shows that the EIDCA will result in a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, reduced air pollution, a shift to cleaner energy sources, and have a net positive financial effect on low- and middle-income households.

COVID-19 Recovery Package Letter – public signatory of letter to ensure future stimulus efforts target green infrastructure and jobs nationally

#SaveOurCompost Coalition of NYC – public signatory of advocacy letter to reinstate NYC compost program

Climate Works for All Coalition of NYC – public signatory of letter to ensure future stimulus efforts target green infrastructure and jobs in NYC

The Justice for Black Farmers Act will enact policies to end discrimination within the USDA, protect remaining Black farmers from losing their land, provide land grants to create a new generation of Black farmers and restore the land base that has been lost, and implement systemic reforms to help family farmers across the United States.

 

Check out our program offerings, educational materials, and online resources. In particular we recommend:

Hazon Seal of Sustainability – Our top recommendation and resource to support you in transforming your Jewish institution and building a more sustainable future for your entire community is the Hazon Seal of Sustainability. Join with hundreds of other individuals who are advocating for and realizing real and meaningful change.

Brit Hazon – Make a personal commitment to change your behavior, take a stand to reduce climate change, and amplify your voice!