This piece was originially published on AVODAH's blog and is republished with permission.
Have you noticed that a discussion of America’s poor has been conspicuously absent from the national policy debate? So has Rabbi Steve Gutow of JCPA. In his words...
“We had our first presidential debate last week, which focused entirely on the economy, jobs, and entitlements. Yet missing from a conversation about a country in the wake of the worst recession in modern memory was any substantive discussion of those who have been suffering the most: the poor.
Members of Bend the Arc have undertaken a journey across the country to discuss progressive taxation with politicians and voters this election season. Seems like qutite an adventure Check out this article on JWeekly.com highlighting their work.
Current economic turmoil and threats of severe cuts to government programs have left America’s hungry – already at historically high numbers – with little hope of relief. Recent studies by a number of agencies and organizations highlight this disturbing trend: between 2007 and 2009, the number of households struggling with hunger increased more than 33%, with nearly one in four U.S. households with children unable to afford enough food.
The Pittsburgh Jewish Social Justice Roundtable held a forum last night with around three hundred community members. This timely forum puts the Pittsburgh Jewish community on the forefront of voting rights issues for the November election.
Half a dozen officials and community leaders spoke about a new law that has gone into effect in Pennsylvania. The law requires voters to come to the polls with a valid state identification, while only requiring a valid social security number for absentee voters.