This week we want to highlight several important developments that are too important to get lost in the Coronavirus news of the week.
Title IX and Sexual Assault
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released new regulations for schools dealing with sexual misconduct under Title IX, the law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational settings. These new regulations offer more protections for the accusers than the victims.
One of the big lessons we learned form the 2016 campaign is DON'T LISTEN TO POLLS.
Recent polling in key battleground states show Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump. However, the election is still six months away, a lifetime in elections. Optimism is welcomed, especially during these difficult dark days, but optimism can be lethal. It can lead to complacency.
This pandemic has clearly shown us that elections have consequences. Those we helped elect, and those who were already in office, are now charged with making decisions that literally will determine who lives and who dies. There is a complete lack of leadership in Washington during a time that we need it most.
The GOP is more committed than ever to restricting women's access to reproductive health care. They are continuing to wage war on women by declaring that abortion is not an essential service during the Coronavirus pandemic.
States have placed restrictions that have effectively banned or blocked the availability of abortion services.
The coronavirus is upending all aspects of our lives, including our elections. Nearly twenty states have postponed their primaries to safeguard their citizens' health. There is already concern about November's general election and how we will vote.
Jews have been forced to find unique ways to celebrate holidays when antisemitism and persecution threatened their existence. Jews learned to be creative - and daring. Today we face the challenge of celebrating Passover in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.