Mission Statement

Jewish tradition teaches to speak up, judge righteously, and champion the poor and the needy (Prov 31:9). Guided by these values and the resolutions of the Union for Reform Judaism, TzedekGeorgia will advocate with the Georgia State government for human rights, equal rights, and justice or tzedek for all... More > >


News


2018 Legislative Agenda

 

HB 660 – Hate Crimes (Support)

·         Georgia is one of just five states in the nation that does not protect its citizens against hate crimes. The Law would law protect individuals by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or national origin .


HB 488 / SB 119 – Comprehensive Civil Rights (Support)

·         Georgia is one of just three states in the nation that does not a state civil rights law protecting individuals  by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or national origin from discrimination.


HB 10: Prohibit possession and sale of assault weapons (Support)

·         Most popular weapon of terrorists and mass murders


HB 651: Prohibit possession and sale of Bump Stocks (Support)

·         Used in Las Vegas Mass Murder


HB 188 / SB 7 - Medicaid Expansion

·         About 300,000 Georgians remain unable to get healthcare coverage. These Georgians are veterans, working parents, and low-wage workers. They do not qualify for Medicaid and do not make enough money to get financial help through the health insurance Marketplace (also called healthcare.gov). They are stuck in the coverage gap. Rural hospitals are often the cornerstones of rural communities, serving as both an economic engine and an access point for health care services, yet several rural hospitals have closed in recent years and more are at risk of closure.


HB 159 – Child Adoption (Support if it does not contain the discriminatory same sex amendment)

·         Substantially revise the general provisions applicable to adoptions to allow for more adoptions. House Speaker David Ralston, said "I think it's important that we do everything we can to streamline the adoption process in Georgia to give children that are now in foster care the opportunity to be adopted into permanent, loving, stable homes."  


Awaiting Bill #: Bail Reform (Support)

·         The working poor and people in poverty sit in Georgia’s jails up to 2 years awaiting trial because they cannot afford bail. Create a non cash bail system for people accused of non-violent crimes.


 



Events


Lobby Day

Georgia State Capitol

TBD
9:00am - 12:00pm

Coverdell Legislative Office Building
18 Capitol Sq. SW

Room TBD

Atlanta, GA 30334

 

We will teach you how to talk to legislators, explain to you about the issues that we support or oppose and why we care. We will guide you on the best steps to help to pass or stop legislation.

 



 

DIRECTIONS

 

Directions via MARTA (GA State station):

Exit at the Piedmont Avenue exit.  Turn left walk to the Capitol.   Walk past  the Capitol Building. Turn right at the first traffic light. Enter the Coverdell Legislative Office Building across from the Capitol using the far right doors.  The security guard post will require a valid photo I.D. to enter.

 

Parking Directions if you choose to drive:

The entrance to the parking deck is on Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, immediately after the pedestrian bridge (Pete Hackney Garage, $5.00 per day). Once parked, take the elevator or stairs to the 5th level of the parking deck which has the entrance to the pedestrian bridge. The pedestrian bridge will take you over Jesse Hill Jr. Drive and into the Butler Parking Deck. In the Butler Parking Deck take the elevator or stairs to the 3rd level. Take the bridge into the Floyd Building. Exit at the Piedmont Avenue exit.  Turn left walk to the Capitol.  Walk past the Capitol Building. Turn right at the first traffic light. Enter the Coverdell Legislative Office Building across from the Capitol using the far right doors. The security guard post will require a valid photo I.D. to enter.