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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has begun the process of being considered in the Senate

New Disability Inclusion Resources Uploaded to YouTube!

Learn from experts Shelly Christensen and Lisa Friedman how to make your community more accessible and welcoming to all. The webinars offer big-picture guidance, strategies and opportunities for advocacy:

  • Start an inclusion initiative (Part I)
  • Foster a culture of inclusion (Part I)
  • Engage parents as partners (Part II)
  • Special Needs Education Best Practices & Successes (Part II)

These webinars can be viewed independently or as a mini-course, “Building Inclusive Communities.” Part I, “Say YES! Bringing Inclusion into Your Synagogue,” features Shelly Christensen and Part II, “Say YES! Parents as Partners & Success Stories,” features Lisa Friedman.

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Learn From the Experts How You Can Protect SNAP in August

We had a huge turnout on Wednesday from across the country and from a wide variety of faiths tuning in to learn about the Farm Bill. In case you missed it, we’ve uploaded a recording of the webinar to YouTube!

The last bit of the webinar, in which Josh Protas of MAZON tells us ways we can engage our Members of Congress while they’re home for the month, is especially important as we enter August—and Congress’ August recess. Be sure to check it out, and then tell us what you did!

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Reform Jewish Leader Comments on Senate Tax Reform

You’ve read a lot this year on RACblog about reducing the deficit, fixing the “budget crisis,” the fiscal cliff, sequestration and tax reform. While the process changes a bit each time, our values are consistent and clear: our federal budget must reflect our nation’s priorities and therefore must not increase poverty or inequality in our communities.

Now, as the Senate Finance Committee takes up the mantle of tax reform, Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch have asked for input. They have asked for Senators to speak up for the parts of the tax code they care about. And we have joined them in their call.

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The Farm Bill or the “Harm Bill”?

Join us on Wednesday for an update on the Farm Bill and how you can get involved in order to ensure the passage of a just bill. “Food, Farms and Faith,” a webinar presented by the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs, will take place this Wednesday from 3-4pm EST.

The Farm Bill sets much of U.S. food and agriculture policy. Just one of the included programs is SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps), which helps over 47 million struggling Americans put food on the table each month. Recent Farm Bill proposals included over $20 billion in cuts to SNAP, which could push nearly 2 million people off of this vital program!

Join us to hear from experts from the faith, anti-hunger and sustainability communities about the current status of the Farm Bill. Learn how the Farm Bill affects programs you care about. Then find out concrete ways you as a person of faith can influence its path!

Register Here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/595799729

 

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Four Years without a Raise is Three Years Too Many

238 years ago today, the U.S. Postal System was established. 145 years ago today, the 14th Amendment was adopted. 55 years ago today, NASA was created. 4 years ago today, the federal minimum wage was last raised.

As Senator Harkin said yesterday, “Four years without a raise is three years too many.” The vast majority of Americans agree. A poll released this morning shows that 8 in 10 Americans support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 and indexing it to the cost of living.

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Join us on July 24th for a webinar on the Minimum Wage!

It has been four years since America’s workers have seen a raise!

Join us on July 24th, 2013 at 3 pm EST for a faith community webinar on Minimum Wage legislation & to officially launch Fighting Poverty with Faith 2014.
Please RSVP to Robin Rosenbaum, at rrosenbaum@thejcpa.org, and find registration information from GoToWebinar below.

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A No-Brainer: So Why Not?

The disability treaty should be a no-brainer. This is, word-for-word, straight from the first paragraph of the treaty, the purpose of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

The purpose of the present Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

Wow, pretty controversial stuff… So why is the Senate taking so long to vote on it? Here’s what I know:

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Energy Bill Threatens Separation of Church and State

The Senate is currently considering the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act, which would allow the government to fund the retrofitting or “greening” of nonprofit buildings. Although we support the goal of making nonprofit buildings more environmentally-friendly, we are deeply concerned that as currently written, the bill would allow direct government funding of houses of worship. Urging a change to this problematic language, Rabbi David Saperstein, submitted testimony to the committee hearing.

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