JCPA Action Alerts

Tell your Representatives to support funding for crucial federal programs!

As Congress prepares to put forth a budget for 2017 in what is expected to be a difficult appropriations process, it is critical that we ask Members of the House Appropriations Committee to support strong funding levels for domestic programs.


One of the most effective ways to ensure that programs are funded robustly is through “Dear Colleague” letters sent from members of Congress to their colleagues who serve on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Each additional cosigner demonstrates support. 

Members of the House of Representative are currently circulating two letters of interest on fiscal year 2017 funding: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) services and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) programs, and another letter on the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) and Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) letter

Nearly one in every four adult women experiences at least one physical assault by a partner, and one in six women is a victim of sexual violence. Life-saving federal programs, including the VAWA and the FVPSA, form the foundation of our nation’s response to adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence. Click here to read the DearColleague letter and the letter from Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) requesting $589.50 million for VAWA programs

Members of Congress may join this letter until Thursday, March, 24, 2016

Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) and Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs letter 

In 2013-2014, public schools identified a record 1,301,239 homeless children and youth; this is a 7 percent increase from the previous year, and a 100 percent increase since 2006-2007. Resources directed to child and youth homelessness programs are critical to caring for the needs of homeless youth and preventing human trafficking. Click here  to read the Dear Colleague letter and the letter from Reps. Danny Davis (D-IL), David Reichert (R-WA), and John Yarmuth (D-KY).  

Members of Congress may join this letter until Tuesday, March, 22, 2016

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Urge Ambassador Power: Stop Iran's Missiles!

Last week, the Iranian government launched several missiles; two of them, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency, were marked in Hebrew with the words “Israel must be erased.”  These recent launches are just the most recent of Iran's repeated violations of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which specifically bans the country from testing ballistic missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads. In response to the tests, the US imposed sanctions in January on eleven people and companies involved in the ballistic missile program, but, so far, they haven't deterred the Iranian government. These missile launches are clear provocations and threats to Israel. They must stop.   

Urge  Ambassador Samantha Power and the UN Security Council to enforce their words.  Iran can't be allowed to threaten the region or spread these dangerous weapons.

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Tell your Senators to support the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act

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: expanding funding for research, data collection and collaboration; creating a National Runaway Youth Hotline; and adding nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. As it is estimated that nearly 40% of the runaway and homeless youth population identifies as LGBT, the addition of nondiscrimination language to this bill would ensure that all homeless youth are able to receive services. 

Write to your Senators and tell them to support this important piece of legislation. The following letter is a collaborative effort from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, The Jewish Federations of North America, and the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism for Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  

Click here to send your message to Congress! 

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It's time to take action on gun violence

On December 2, our nation faced yet another senseless mass shooting: two assailants gunned down 14 people and injured another 17 at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California. This marks the second shooting in the last two weeks. On November 27, a lone gunman killed 3 people and injured 9 at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. We must end these incidents of mass violence.   

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No one should have to live in terror, knowing a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle could walk into a public place and kill dozens.  Now is the time for our public officials to take action.

While opinion polls indicate broad support for governmental regulation on firearms, state legislatures and Congress have all too often been hesitant to enact much needed guns safety legislation. No community, no segment of society, is safe from gun violence. Join us in urging President Obama, Members of Congress, and every citizen to take direct and unequivocal action to stop the outrageous and unacceptable violence that is destroying the fabric of our society. 

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Sign the Faith Climate Petition!

To President Obama and Members of Congress: 
As people of faith, we are called to protect and serve God’s Creation and seek justice for all people and future generations. The gravity of climate change requires us to act with urgency. 
From rising sea levels and severe weather events to shifting growing seasons and increased exposure to disease, the world is already feeling the impacts of climate change. Its worst consequences fall on vulnerable communities who have contributed the least to climate change but will suffer the most. 
Yet, even as we faithfully commit to doing our part, we recognize that these actions alone are not sufficient—this crisis requires a global response. 
To create a future with clean air, a healthy environment, good jobs, and resilience in the face of a changing climate for our children and God’s Earth, countries around the world must commit to an ambitious, equitable and binding global framework to address climate change. 
As we approach the UN negotiations for 2015, we prayerfully ask that the US government lead, with a commitment to: 
  • Legally binding solutions that reduce national greenhouse gas emissions to levels consistent with scientific recommendations that prevent the worst impacts of human induced climate change. 
  • Provide poor and vulnerable communities here and abroad meaningful support to build low carbon and climate-resilient societies. 
We pray for your leadership in securing a just and sustainable future for God’s creation. 

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