News/Policy

JSPAN's Letter to the U.S. Secretary of Education About Barring PBS From Spending Public Money on a Cartoon with Lesbian Characters

JSPAN POLICY - February 2005 Dear Secretary Spellings: The Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN) is alarmed by your recent edict barring PBS from spending public money on a cartoon with lesbian characters. Part of JSPAN’s mission is to advance equality and opportunity for all women and men in our pluralistic democracy. Your position regarding “Postcards From Buster” was apparently based upon your belief that “many parents would not want their young children exposed to the lifestyles portrayed.”

"Max Soffar: A Jew on Death Row"

JSPAN NEWS - February, 2005 "On February 2, Max is scheduled to be re-arraigned in Houston before District Judge Mary Lou Keel for the murders of three youths at a Houston bowling alley in 1980. Although Max has been granted a new trial, his release from prison is far from a certainty." Click here to read Max Soffar's story and to find out why, "At the very least, [the police] say, Max's case is an example of everything that's wrong with the system." JSPAN's Death Penalty Policy Center experts recommend this article.

Number of Hungry and Food Insecure Americans Rises for Fourth Straight Year

JSPAN NEWS - November, 2004 36.3 Million Americans Live in Households Unable to Purchase Adequate Food (November 19, 2004) The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) announced today that a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report based on Census Bureau surveys shows another rise in the number of hungry and food insecure Americans. Since 1999, the total number of people living in food insecure households in this country - with or without hunger - went up to 36.3 million in 2003. This number included 23 million adults (10.8 percent of all adults) and 13.3 million children (18.2 percent of all children.)

Good Schools Pennsylvania, Co-sponsored by JSPAN, Presented Professor Susan Pace Hamill's Speech, "A Moral-Religious Argument for Tax Reform"

JSPAN NEWS - November 4, 2004 Susan Pace HamillSusan Pace Hamill, a professor at the University of Alabama Law School, spoke on November 4 at Bryn Mawr College. Her lecture was drawn from her paper titled "An Argument for Tax Reform Based on Judeo-Christian Ethics," which is included in her book, The Least of These: Fair Taxes and the Moral Duties of Christians.

JSPAN Seeking Bioethics Subcommittee Members

JSPAN NEWS - October 2004 The Jewish Social Policy Action Network recently launched a policy center on Bioethics. We are inviting our members and supporters to get involved!

JSPAN's Hunger Policy Center Expert Speaks at the World Day Event in Philadelphia

JSPAN NEWS - October 2004 Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs for FRACOn October 15, 2004, JSPAN’s Hunger Policy Center Expert Ellen Teller delivered the keynote address at the World Food Day Event in Philadelphia. Mrs. Teller is the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). She spoke on the 15th about The Politics of Hunger: Lessons Learned and Prospects for the Future.

JSPAN Addresses Faith-Based Initiatives

JSPAN POLICY - August 2004 As much as any other organized group in America, the Jewish community has staunchly supported the separation of church and state. Today, many serious social service needs are not being adequately met. As a result, we are being asked to rethink our fundamental principles and to approve the receipt of public funds by religious groups who deliver such services, without requiring them to keep separate the delivery of social services from their sectarian mission.
Syndicate content