JCPA's Advocacy Day Round-Up – On October 11, JCPA leaders took to Capitol Hill to advocate for sensible immigration policy and criminal justice reform. The day included expert panels, followed by Congressional luncheon featuring Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and 12 Hill visits with top staff from Democrat and Republican offices. Click here to read Melanie Roth Gorelick’s reflection on the day and the commandment to care.
JCPA Publishes 2018 Candidate and Voter Engagement Guide – Civic engagement is the bread and butter work of the community relations field, and ensures Jewish representation and values remain an important feature of American public life. This guide offers resources, tools, and best practices to assist JCRCs and Jewish advocates with organizing candidate engagement,voter education, Get Out the Vote campaigns, and voter protection programs.
Join HIAS's National Refugee Shabbat – National Refugee Shabbat 2018 will take place on October 19-20. The aim is for Jewish communal organizations, congregations, and individuals around the country to deepen our understanding of today’s global refugee crisis, connect with the Jewish movement for refugees, commit (or recommit) to taking action, and either celebrate your community’s achievements in working with refugees or launch new efforts. To learn more, click here.
JCPA Speaks Out Against Lowest Refugee Admissions Cap – In September, the President announced that the U.S. would cap 2019 refugee admissions at just 30,000, which is the lowest in the program’s history. JCPA urged the Administration to reconsider so that our country can live up to its highest aspirations and ideals, not its worst fears. Click here to read statements from Jewish groups.
September Sign-on Letters – Below is a list of sign-on letters JCPA joined in September.
- NALEO Educational Fund Comments Opposing the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Proposal to Collect Citizenship and Country of Birth Information About State and Local Prisoners
- Food Research & Action Center Letter to Farm Bill Conferees Outlining Priorities for SNAP
- Amigos Letter Opposing Legislative Efforts to Expand Family Detention and Overturn Child Welfare Protections
- Interfaith Working Group On Foreign Assistance Letter Urging Congress and the President to Raise the Refugee Admissions Cap