July 27, 2017
Call Your Senators TODAY and Urge Them to Vote NO on Health Care Legislation Cutting Medicaid- JCPA is mobilizing its network to oppose the looming Senate health care votes on legislation that would be devastating to millions of low-income children, older adults, and people with disabilities who depend on Medicaid, as well as to the large network of Jewish health and social service providers who care for them. States and philanthropies simply would not be able to make up the losses from such steep cuts. Click here to read our action alert.
Sign-On and Circulate Letter to Keep Houses of Worship Nonpartisan- Safeguarding the Johnson Amendment, the law prohibiting tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates for public office, is a priority for JCPA. We are an original sponsor of a new interfaith initiative, Faith Voices, which provides a forum for faith-based groups to speak out collectively against efforts to undermine the Johnson Amendment.
Help Combat Climate Change- JCPA is joining with Values Partnerships to encourage faith communities to host an “Inconvenient Sabbath” to raise awareness about climate change and promote the advocacy included in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a new film with former Vice President Al Gore that will be released on August 4. Click here to a download the guide. Consider hosting a program on climate change if your Jewish film festival features the movie, as modeled by the San Francisco JCRC.
Oppose Delay of Methane Emissions Rule- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to delay and reconsider a key regulation, already in effect, that reduces harmful methane emissions, which impact public health and do more damage in a decade than carbon dioxide does in a century. The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life encourages the Jewish community to voice opposition to the proposed delay. The EPA must collect and review public comments before it can finalize the decision. Visit regulations.gov to leave a comment by August 9.
JCPA EVENTS CALENDAR
Invite: What's the Recent Temple Mount Controversy Really About? Mon., July 31 at 3 PM EDT- Join Haviv Rettig Gur, senior analyst and political correspondent for Times of Israel, for a JCPA/JFNA webcast onT ensions around the Temple Mount - one of the holiest and most contested religious sites in the world. Tensions have flared across Israel and the Muslim world in recent weeks. How can we best understand the situation, and what might happen next? Click here to register.
Invite: Attend the JCPA 2017 Fall Meeting September 10-11 in New York City- Engage with community relations leaders from across the country to discuss important policy challenges for our field, strategize, and network.
Program Highlight: Workshop on Tools for Moving Your Community Relations
Catch Up on CRCasts You May Have Missed- CRCast is a regular series tackling Jewish advocacy and community relations issues. Episode topics include:
From the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide to the new Administration to the challenges facing Israel, we provide insight into complex issues and practical solutions. Click here to watch.
JCPA Initiative for JCRC Chairs - JCPA is hosting a virtual retreat for JCRC Chairs and Directors. The first session will take place on September 12, 12:00 - 2:00 pm. For more information, please contact Hluftig@thejcpa.org.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
David Bernstein's most recent blog, Intersectionality Excludes and Includes: Jews Must Learn the Difference, called for Diaspora Jews to learn, not shun, intersectional discourse in all its forms and be part of the discussion while not being afraid to challenge instances of exclusionary intersectionality. He contends that the Jewish community has a major stake in the more inclusionary form winning out. To read more, click here.
JCPA Supports New Legislation Restoring Dignity to Incarcerated Women- Women are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. prison population. The “Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act” (S. 1524) is groundbreaking legislation that would require federal prisons to provide free feminine hygiene products; ban shackling or placing pregnant and post-partum women in solitary confinement; and allow for greater contact between inmates and their families. JCPA will highlight the often-overlooked issue of female incarceration at our upcoming Fall Meeting.
JCPA is Helping to Protect Voting Rights- JCPA is working in coalition to oppose the President's Commission on Election Integrity. Click here and here to read our most recent letters, and be sure to read a recent op-ed, The Voter Purges are Coming, by Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Tracking the Refugee Ban- Last week, the Supreme Court denied the Administration's motion to clarify the Court’s June 26 order, but stayed the portion of the July 13 district court ruling related to refugees with “assurances” from U.S. resettlement agencies, pending resolution by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court.
Participate in Twitter Storm on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is July 30- Nonprofit, faith-based, and secular anti-trafficking organizations will host a Twitter Storm to raise awareness about the importance of increased investments to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery. World Day is a call to action to end this crime and an opportunity to elevate the response to end human trafficking. Click here for the Twitter Storm toolkit.
JCPA’s Coalition Letters- In addition to meeting with federal legislators and other government officials, JCPA also frequently joins its partners in sending letters to policymakers, offering hearing testimony, and endorsing legislation. Click here for a list of JCPA's written advocacy since May 2017.
Israel Leadership Mission 2017– Mark your Calendar! JCPA's Israel Mission will take place December 3-8, 2017. Our mission ensures that JCPA leaders are well-equipped to help the community relations field be effective and nuanced advocates for Israel. Through high-level meetings, education, and exploration, the mission provides firsthand knowledge about Israel's efforts to pursue peace and democracy, advance pluralism, and protect its security. For more information, click here. To register, click here.
Controversy Over the Israel Anti-Boycott Legislation- Setting the Record Straight: Nothing in the Israel Anti-Boycott Act restricts constitutionally-protected free speech, an article by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).