We marched – now it’s time to act.
This page will be updated regularly as our student leaders set up more opportunities to make change, with the power of our movement behind them.
1. Get involved with the Reform Movement’s Gun Violence Prevention Campaign. Check out the Religious Action Center’s website for ways to take action, resources, programs, and learning opportunities with people from across the country.
2. Commit to learning more about the issue of gun violence and being a leader in your state.
Student State Leadership Network – State Leads
We’re looking for a few high school and college leaders in each state who are self-motivated, strong communicators, and have a passion and commitment to organizing the Jewish community around gun violence prevention. You will work with volunteers and policy organizations in your state as well as national leaders to set up resources and get more people involved in gun violence prevention work. This is a great fit for you if you are someone who is knowledgeable about gun violence prevention and have strong leadership experience in your community, NFTY region, or state. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and State Leads will be added to our Gun Violence Prevention Map as you come on board.
Student State Leadership Network – Advocates
Apply now – applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Gun Violence Prevention Fellowship
Want to get more involved in gun violence prevention work and organizing, but don’t know where to start? Ready to be part of a cohort of people ready to lead our movement in Gun Violence Prevention efforts? Interested in creating your own GVP project and seeing it be successful in your home community? This is a great fit for you if you are someone who wants to know more about the issue of GVP and concrete community organizing skills to address gun violence. No previous leadership experience is required. The next Gun Violence Prevention Fellowship launches in the spring, and is a 10-week program, requiring 2-3 hours of your time per week.
If you’re looking for a learning experience right now, consider doing the online, self-paced course from Johns Hopkins, “Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change.” We’ll be hosting an online conversation for Reform Jewish leaders who complete the course and want to talk about how to apply what you learn to our Gun Violence Prevention Campaign this winter. Stay tuned for more info on that conversation!
Apply now for our spring cohort of GVP Fellows.
Do you want to get involved and stay in the know, but you don’t have the time for a fellowship or to lead your state right now? Sign up to stay connected and we’ll send you updates when there are opportunities in your state.
3. Ask your clergy if you can take over the bima on a Friday night or Saturday morning, and share with your congregation why ending gun violence if important to you. Ask them about other ways you can make your voice heard and make this issue a priority in your synagogue.
4. Call your elected officials. After you call, you can share this graphic on your social media, letting your friends know you called and how they can too, or print out this sign and take a photo of yourself with it, and post on social media letting your friends know you called.
5. Get educated and know what you’re talking about. Mom’s Demand Action put together this great guide to debunking gun violence myths that will come in handy when you’re talking to people who may feel differently than you.
6. Make your voice heard – use the RAC’s Action Alert to urge congress to take action to stop gun violence.
7. Post your story and about the great and important work you’re doing in the world on social media using the hashtag #JewsDemandAction so we can amplify your voice. Tag @nfty and @theracgram so we can follow you!