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Brookings: Opportunity, Responsibility, Security

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This recent report from the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) discusses poverty in the United States and how we can address it.  The report is written by leading scholars at a universities and think tanks from both progressive and conservative perspectives. 

Senior Poverty

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  • Posted on February 29, 2016

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Older Americans who are living in poverty often suffer in silence, living in the shadows while trying to make ends meet. A single life change—a costly illness, loss of a job, or death of a spouse—can quickly threaten the financial stability of seniors. This has become especially true during the most recent recession.   Older…

Supreme Court Delays Action on Climate Change

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Washington, D.C.,  – Yesterday, Supreme Court of the United States issued a stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan which is designed to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants, the largest single source of carbon pollution. In response to this, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) has issued the following…

Urge Congress to Support Child Nutrition Reauthorization!

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Join JCPA in asking Congress to support strong bills that invest in and improve child nutrition programs. Two bicameral bills — the Summer Meals Act of 2015 and the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 —will dramatically reduce hunger during the summer months. We need your help to make sure Congress passes these vital…

Urge Your Senators to Reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant

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The Senate is currently considering passage of S.1086, a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and needs to hear from you now! In September, the House passed an amended version of the bill. The Senate is expected to vote on this new version of the bill later this week.  You can…

Urge Congress to Expand EITC and CTC Provisions

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The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are among the nation’s strongest tools to help working families escape poverty and achieve greater self-sufficiency. Together, they lifted 9.4 million people out of poverty – and made 22 million others less poor – in 2013. They also lift 5 million children out of…

Urge your Senator to Support Sentencing Reform

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On Tuesday, October 15, JCPA adopted a policy on Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform that urges a shift from punitive prohibitionist policies and toward sensible regulatory policies that advance public safety and health. The policy calls for reformation of marijuana laws which are disproportionately enforced against minorities, causing significant fiscal and social costs including…

Frank Fellows Reflection

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By Deborah Price On January 25, 2016, I curled up on my couch in my downtown St. Louis loft and flipped open my laptop to skim the news.  A story in the Times of Israel entitled “Israeli Man Fights off Palestinian Stabbers with a Supermarket Cart” caught my eye.  It featured an Israeli man named…

JCPA Welcomes Expanded Egalitarian Prayer Space at Western Wall

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Washington, D.C., – The decision by the Israeli cabinet to approve an expanded egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall is a welcome step toward improving relations between Israel and the Diaspora and supporting increased participation at Judaism’s holiest site. The JCPA applauds the determination of concerned denominations in Israel and North America, as well…

Support the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act

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It is estimated that approximately 1.68 million youth experience homelessness each year in the U.S. For over 40 years, the Federal government has funded programs that provide street outreach, temporary shelter and services, and transitional living to this population. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) looks to improve these programs by:…