Action Alert - Stop Harmful Gun Legislation
December 5, 2017
Gun violence is one of the most significant issues facing American society today; the horror of this violence is evidenced in the number of mass shootings our country has witnessed over the past decade. Concerned about the senseless loss of innocent lives, our JCRC has routinely called for effective and reasonable legislation that will reduce gun violence. We need your help now to stop a piece of harmful legislation making its way through the House of Representatives.
Mass Shooting in Las Vegas
October 2, 2017
We are all in shock and mourning at yet another mass shooting in our country. Sandy Hook, Orlando, Virginia Tech, Columbine, San Bernardino, Aurora and now Las Vegas are only the most sensational of such horrific tragedies. Sadly, the total list is much, much longer. Mass shootings command our attention, but as Nicolas Kristof writes today in the New York Times, the truth is that they are “anomalies: most gun deaths occur in ones and twos, usually with handguns which kill far more people than assault rifles.”
Tell Our Senators to Protect Medicaid Against Funding Threats – URGENT!
September 19, 2017
This past summer, we called on you to rally against proposed cuts to Medicaid contained in the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)—those efforts paid off as three Republican Senators broke party lines and voted against the harmful legislation. Unfortunately, those in the Senate who oppose Medicaid believe they now have the votes and a narrow window to act in less than two weeks to block grant and impose devastating cuts on Medicaid. Last week, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) unveiled another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cap/block grant Medicaid, and terminate the state Medicaid expansion. The legislation termed “Graham-Cassidy” has earned significant public exposure and possible momentum to secure the necessary 51 votes in the Senate. Please reach out to our Senators now and urge them to oppose this legislation as it will impose deep cuts to Medicaid.
Action Alert – Save DACA
September 5, 2017
Earlier today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration’s plan to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows younger undocumented immigrants to live in the country without fear of deportation. DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth who were brought to the United States as children to obtain work permits, attend school, and contribute openly to our economy. By ending the program, the administration will again make these young people, known as DREAMers, vulnerable to deportation or detention.
Statements by Pennsylvania Elected Officials on Charlottesville
August 22, 2017
Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
On August 16:
“President Trump’s weak response to a domestic terror attack is troubling. This is not an issue of ‘both sides.’ White nationalists and neo-Nazis staged a hateful rally in which one person was killed. These racist groups must be held fully accountable and those that hold this hateful ideology must be unequivocally condemned.”
JCRC Condemns White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville
August 14, 2017
Together with you, we are deeply troubled by the events in Charlottesville this weekend and mourn the loss of innocent lives due to the violence. Our prayers are with the individuals wounded in the car attack and we hope they find healing and comfort in the days ahead.
Roger Waters Coming to Philadelphia
August 7, 2017
Roger Waters, the iconic lead singer from Pink Floyd, will be in Philadelphia this week for three concerts. He is currently on a nationwide tour of some 20 cities in the U.S. and Canada.
Apart from his music, Waters is known for political activism that he regularly incorporates into his performances. Waters addresses a number of issues but, most prominently, he has become a well-known advocate for the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement (BDS campaign) against Israel.