*This is the text of Stephen Lerner's remarks at his and Marilyn Sneiderman's 20th annual Yom Kippur Break Fast. Marilyn is Executive Director of AVODAH and Stephen is a long time labor and community organizer and architect of the Justice For Janitors campaign.
The Pittsburgh Jewish Social Justice Roundtable held a forum last night with around three hundred community members. This timely forum puts the Pittsburgh Jewish community on the forefront of voting rights issues for the November election.
Half a dozen officials and community leaders spoke about a new law that has gone into effect in Pennsylvania. The law requires voters to come to the polls with a valid state identification, while only requiring a valid social security number for absentee voters.