Category Archive for: Issues

Urge Congress to Expand EITC and CTC Provisions

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  • Posted on February 8, 2016

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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  • Posted on February 8, 2016

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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  • Posted on February 2, 2016

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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  • Posted on February 1, 2016

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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  • Posted on January 27, 2016

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

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  • Posted on January 14, 2016

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

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  • Posted on January 4, 2016

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…



JCPA Welcomes Bipartisan Appropriations and Tax Compromise Deal in Congress

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  • Posted on December 18, 2015

Washington, D.C., December 18, 2015 – In response to the federal funding and tax agreement reached in Congress, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has issued the following statement:  We deeply appreciate the hard work and cooperative process that resulted in the legislative package agreed to by Congress.  Rather than another government shut-down, Members…



The Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement

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  • Posted on October 26, 1998

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) congratulates Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chairman Yasser Arafat for reaching an interim agreement within the framework of the Oslo Accords. We express our deep appreciation to President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Ambassador Dennis Ross and his team who continue to demonstrate extraordinary dedication to…