Category Archive for: Poverty and Economic Opportunity

Wage Theft

by Administrator

Wage theft comes in many forms—shaving minutes off the time clock, depriving workers of break time, withholding insurance contributions but not paying the insurance companies, using sham corporations to elude payment, misclassifying employees as independent contractors, misclassifying employees as salaried workers to avoid paying overtime, and retaliating against employees who complain about such conditions. Many…



Reduce Poverty in Rhode Island

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Exemplary/outstanding/innovative program Seven years ago a movement was formed in Rhode Island based on a JCPA teleconference to cut poverty in half in ten years. The national program was called Reducing Poverty With Faith. The day of the teleconference call at the Jewish Alliance, over 50 faith leaders, from virtually every denomination was in attendance.…



JCPA at the White House

by jgilad

Last week, JCPA’s Director of Legal Affairs and Policy Development Hanna Dershowitz made a presentation at the White House before President Obama’s Advisory Council on Neighborhood and Faith-Based Partnerships and Administration staff. The Council is making recommendations to the President on a broad range of race, justice, poverty, and related issues. Dershowitz has been advising…



Can a person have a fair chance without access to housing?

by jgilad

This week is National Reentry week, a time when the Department of Justice and other federal agencies, returning citizens, and advocates work to raise awareness of our nation’s need to reform our criminal justice system and better reintegrate formerly incarcerated individuals into society. In the United States, nearly 100 million adults have criminal records and…



Brookings: Opportunity, Responsibility, Security

by Administrator

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. 



JCRC of Rochester Annual Legislative Lunch

by jgilad

Last week, Jared Feldman, JCPA Vice President and Washington Director, joined Rochester’s Community Relations leaders and elected officials for their annual Legislative Lunch.  Jared spoke about the Jewish community’s commitment to refugees and the federal, state, and local advocacy opportunities for the Rochester community.



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

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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…