Category Archive for: Issues

Muslims and Jews Act Together on Climate Change

by jgilad

How can we use acting on climate change as a peace-building and interfaith strategy?  This past weekend, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life Manager Liya Rechtman joined with Muslim environmental consultant and former Green Muslims Board Member Asma Mahdi at the Howard University Divinity School Interfaith Leadership Summit. Together, they led a focus group…



Urge Congress to Support Child Nutrition Reauthorization!

by Administrator

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

by Administrator

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

by Administrator

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

by Administrator

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

by Administrator

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

by Administrator

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:…



Jewish Community Disappointed by House Vote on Clean Water

by Administrator

Washington, D.C., – Yesterday, the House of Representative voted to repeal the Clean Water Rule under the Congressional Review Act. The House vote follows a similar action in the Senate. The repeal will now proceed to the President, who has threatened to veto it. In response to the vote, the Coalition on the Environment and…



The anti-Israel trend you’ve never heard of

by Administrator

NEW YORK (JTA) — If you want to understand why the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, or BDS, has gained so much ground in the past two years, look no further than intersectionality, the study of related systems of oppression. Intersectionality holds that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and homophobia — constitute an…