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JCPA E-Update

August 8, 2018


In August, most Members of Congress schedule in-district meetings in their home states while Congress is in recess. This is an important opportunity for the community relations network to advocate on priority issues that are currently before Congress. The JCPA August Recess Toolkit provides issue briefs with background information and talking points, as well as preparation tips for meetings. We advise prioritizing the following issues:


JCPA Meets with Amb. Brownback on the Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya – As part of its advocacy for the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act (S. 2060) and BURMA Act (H.R. 4223), leaders of Jewish Rohingya Justice Network (JRJN) met with U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback in D.C. to ask for his support. These bills would enable the U.S. to impose targeted sanctions on senior military officials and help provide humanitarian aid to the Rohingya people. According to Tammy Gilden, JCPA Senior Policy Associate, passing these bills would send a powerful message that the U.S. will not be silent or idle in the face of mass atrocities.

From left to right: Rabbi Simkha Weintraub (JACOB),Tammy Gilden (JCPA), Ambassador Brownback, President and CEO Robert Bank (AJWS), Rori Kramer and Ronnate Asirwatham (AJWS).

JCPA Urges Commerce Department to Drop Citizenship Question from 2020 Census – JCPA joined over 140 organizations to urge the Department of Commerce to remove the citizenship status question from the 2020 Census form. Click here to read the letter. For more information, read the Leadership Conference’s recent Nation article.


JCPA Briefs Congress on Sentencing Reform – JCPA’s Criminal Justice Project Manager Roy Waterman spoke to more than 100 people at a Congressional briefing on "Quelling the Crisis: The Case for Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform," led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the ACLU. This briefing was part of JCPA’s advocacy in support of sentencing reform and decarceration. The aim was to advocate for retroactive sentencing reform to be included in any federal legislation moving forward. Click here to read a faith letter supporting the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 1917).

Tune In to JCPA's CRCast

The Jewish Role in Ending Mass Incarceration
Wednesday, September 12 at 1:00 PM EDT
Featuring Roy Waterman, JCPA Criminal Justice Project Manager
Register today!

Ending mass incarceration, which disproportionately harms people of color, is the civil rights issue of our times. How can the Jewish community support the movement to change this system? 


Matching Grant Opportunity for JCPA’s Criminal Justice Initiative – Consider making a generous donation to JCPA to help in our ongoing advocacy efforts. All donations will be matched! The Jewish community can be a significant voice in reform efforts. Click Here to Donate.

Roy Waterman speaks at an Ohio Bail Reform Advocacy Day, organized by the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, where 25 Jewish, black, and Latino leaders lobbied state lawmakers.


Passage of Israel’s Nation-State Bill – After the Israeli Knesset passed the Nation-State bill, JCPA sent a letter to the Prime Minister expressing its profound disappointment and concern that this new law undermines Israel’s vibrant democracy composed of diverse religious and ethnic groups. Click here to read the letter.

JCPA and COEJL Condemn Hamas Eco-Terrorism – For more than three months, Hamas has carried out eco-terrorism attacks against Israel and its people. These acts not only threaten environmental cooperation, but inspire other terrorist groups to copy these attacks in other regions of the world. We call on governmental and environmental organizations, here in the U.S. and around the world to join with us in condemning these attacks and putting a stop to them before the damage spreads further. To read the full statement, click here.


JCPA Calls for Nominations to its Delegates Assembly – JCRCs around the country have been invited to nominate a representative to JCPA’s new Delegates Assembly. The Delegates Assembly will be the highest deliberative body on public policy matters for the community relations field. For more information, contact Haya Luftig at Hluftig@thejcpa.org.       

JCPA’s Professional Institute: JCRC 303 Classes – There’s still time to register for our the JCPA Professional Institute JCRC 303, Growing the JCRC’s Impact! This series focuses on expanding a JCRC’s footprint, budget and support within the community. It is open to all directors and professionals. Click here to register. 

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