Category Archive for: Children and Families

New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking

by Jared Feldman

The NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking was established in 2011 by the Community Relations Committee of Greater MetroWest NJ to help create a grassroots abolitionist movement in New Jersey to eradicate Human Trafficking. The Coalition is made up of approximately 100 diverse groups, including: faith-based organizations, ethnic and community organizations, non-profits, government agencies, law enforcement,…

Reduce Poverty in Rhode Island

by Jared Feldman

Exemplary/outstanding/innovative programSeven 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. It…

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 Jared Feldman

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 Jared Feldman

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 help…

Urge Congress to Expand EITC and CTC Provisions

by Jared Feldman

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 Jared Feldman

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…

Support the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act

by Jared Feldman

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:…

JCPA Welcomes Bipartisan Appropriations and Tax Compromise Deal in Congress

by Jared Feldman

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 of…