MARYLAND STATE

Every year JUFJers from across the state of Maryland join forces to fight for justice during the General Assembly session (January to April).

JUFJ is getting ready for the upcoming 2024 legislative session! Click the buttons below to learn about our issue campaigns and to get involved in our statewide work.

To read our wrap up blog post on the 2022 session, click here.

To read more about our the core issues we focused on in the 2022 session, see more below.

After the legislative session ended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, JUFJ’s Maryland team shifted our efforts toward pandemic relief and ensuring a just recovery as the pandemic passes.

In May, we joined the #CancelRent campaign. Read more about that campaign at jufj.org/shmita-rent.

Amid the national uprising over police violence against Black people, we redoubled our call for truly accountable policing in Maryland. Read more about that campaign at jufj.org/annapolis-police.

2024 Annapolis Agenda

Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) works in coalition and partnership with grassroots and advocacy groups to build and win issue campaigns. Our approach is based on our commitment to racial equity and dismantling systems of oppression, which includes centering the leadership of our most directly impacted partners and being as transparent as possible about our agenda selection process.

When we select campaigns, we keep in mind our goals of organizing and mobilizing our base, strengthening coalitions we are part of, and shifting the balance of power in our local communities. This year we have four full scope of work campaigns and we will engage in other campaigns in a more limited way.

Click on an issue area below to learn more about our four full scope of work campaigns; to learn about the more limited campaigns, click on “Additional Legislative Positions.” For more information about our agenda setting process for the Maryland 2024 state legislative session, click here.

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Economic Justice

Everyone should have resources sufficient for their needs.

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Healthcare is a Human Right

Immigrant Rights

All people have a right to be safe and to thrive, regardless of immigration status.

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Court/Prison Reform

Our justice system must become truly just for everyone in our state.

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Renters’ Rights

We all have a right to safe, stable, affordable housing — no exceptions.

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Additional Legislative Positions

In addition to our key legislative priorities in the 2022 session, we supported other legislation related to these issues.

In addition to our four priority issues for the 2020 Maryland General Assembly, JUFJ will sign onto additional issues that reflect our values and are important to our allies at a lower intensity. Additional issues will be added to the list after being evaluated by our statewide strategy teams.

  • Defend sick leave
  • No mandatory minimum sentences
  • Reform solitary confinement
  • Fair taxes for all
  • Renters’ rights
  • Prescription drug affordability

Additional Issues

Related Events

  • Fair Share for Maryland Working Group Meeting

    February 27 | 6:30 pm7:30 pm

    Jewish tradition teaches that in a just world, all people — regardless of race, income, or zip code — would have what the Torah calls dei machsoro, resources sufficient for their needs. Join JUFJ’s Fair Share for Maryland Working Group as we work to pass the Fair Share for Maryland Plan so corpo…

  • Maryland District 21 Legislator Meeting

    February 28 | 12:30 pm1:45 pm

    Join other District 21 JUFJers in a Zoom meeting with Delegate Ben Barnes to discuss our agenda for the 2024 Maryland General Assembly Session.

  • Maryland Youth Justice Working Group Meeting

    February 28 | 6:00 pm7:00 pm

    Jewish sacred texts teach us that the world was created with both justice and mercy. Here in Maryland, children who are charged with certain crimes are sentenced as if they were adults. That is neither just nor merciful. Join JUFJ’s youth justice working group as we discuss the campaign to pass the …

  • Campaign for Justice, Safety, and Jobs Town Hall: What’s Happening on the Hill?

    February 29 | 5:00 pm7:30 pm

    Protecting children’s rights, police accountability, voting rights… Join CJSJ to learn about what we are working on in Annapolis and how you can join the fight.

Maryland Staff