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November 3, 2015

RE: NCPE Opposes Reauthorization of the D.C. School Voucher Program

Dear Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Carper:

The 55 undersigned organizations write to voice opposition to the reauthorization of the District of Columbia private school voucher program. We oppose this and all private school voucher programs because public funds should be spent on public schools, not private schools. But the D.C. program, in particular, has proven ineffective and unaccountable to taxpayers. Not only have multiple Department of Education (USED) studies1 concluded that the program has failed to improve educational outcomes for participating students, but two U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports have also identified its repeated management and accountability failures.

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October 28, 2015

Dear Member of Congress,

On behalf of the undersigned organizations and the tens of millions of working families we represent, we urge you to become a co-sponsor of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act (S. 786/H.R. 1439). The FAMILY Act would create a national family and medical leave insurance program that would strengthen the workforce, families, businesses and our economy. The FAMILY Act is modeled on successful and effective state paid leave laws and would help working women and men meet their caregiving demands while reducing economic inequality and improving economic opportunities for all.

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October 20, 2015

Secretary Arne Duncan

U.S. Department of Education

Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-1100

Assistant Secretary Catherine Lhamon

U.S. Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights

Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-1100

Re: Request for Guidance Reminding Schools of Obligations Under Title IX and Title VI to Address Sex- and Race-Based Harassment Occurring on Yik Yak and Other Anonymous Social Media Applications

Dear Secretary Duncan and Assistant Secretary Lhamon:

As organizations working to advance women’s equality and civil rights, we are writing to request that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) promptly issue guidance to universities and colleges reminding them of their legal obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect students from harassment and threats based on sex, race, color, or national origin carried out via Yik Yak and other anonymous social media applications.

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October 19, 2015

Senator Mazie Hirono

330 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Hirono:

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our organizational support for the Health, Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2015:

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October 19, 2015

RE: NCPE Opposes H.R. 10, the Reauthorization of the D.C. School Voucher Program

Dear Representative:

The 56 undersigned organizations write to voice opposition to H.R. 10, the reauthorization of the District of Columbia private school voucher program. We oppose this and all private school voucher programs because public funds should be spent on public schools, not private schools. But the D.C. program, in particular, has proven ineffective and unaccountable to taxpayers. Not only have multiple Department of Education (USED) studies1 concluded that the program has failed to improve educational outcomes for participating students, but two U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports have also identified its repeated management and accountability failures

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October 16, 2015

The Honorable Shaun Donovan

Director

Office of Management and Budget

725 17th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20503

Dear Director Donovan:

We the undersigned organizations thank President Obama for the Administration’s ongoing commitment to women’s health. This Administration’s leadership has been vital to sustaining investments in the domestic Title X family planning program, the international family planning and reproductive health program at USAID, and the U.S. contribution to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). These investments collectively yield strong dividends for women and their health and wellbeing, and advance broader economic and global development goals. We urge the President to cement his support for women’s health in his final budget proposal and we respectfully request increased funding in fiscal year (FY) 2017 for family planning and reproductive health programs at home and abroad.

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October 7, 2015

Dear Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers:

We write to you as organizations opposed to Congress’ continued targeting of Planned Parenthood and women’s health care, particularly abortion. The Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for October 8, 2015, is just the latest in a series of coordinated attacks that have taken place since the House returned from its August recess. This myopic and dangerous focus on taking away women’s access to critical health care must end.

Planned Parenthood is a leading provider of high-quality, affordable reproductive health care for women and men, including young people and low-income patients. Without Planned Parenthood, nearly three million people annually would lose access to their preferred provider for health care that includes birth control, cancer screenings, and STI screenings and treatment. Despite this, anti-women’s health politicians have been attacking it for years. The latest round of attacks was prompted by the release of heavily-edited, deceptive videos that made false claims about Planned Parenthood.

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October 6, 2015

The Honorable Jason Chaffetz

Chairman

House Oversight & Government Reform Committee

2236 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Elijah Cummings

Ranking Member

House Oversight & Government Reform Committee

2230 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

RE: NCPE Opposes H.R. 10, the Reauthorization of the D.C. School Voucher Program

Dear Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings:

The 56 undersigned organizations write to voice opposition to H.R. 10, the reauthorization of the District of Columbia private school voucher program. We oppose this and all private school voucher programs because public funds should be spent on public schools, not private schools. But the D.C. program, in particular, has proven ineffective and unaccountable to taxpayers. Not only have multiple Department of Education (USED) studies1 concluded that the program has failed to improve educational outcomes for participating students, but two U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports have also identified its repeated management and accountability failures.2

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October 2, 2015

President Barack Obama

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

As organizations committed to advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice, and related ocial justice causes, we appreciate the important steps your Administration has taken to improve the wellbeing of women and their families, including the expansion of reproductive health care services. Moreover, the actions you have taken in prior budget proposals to eliminate certain abortion restrictions have made a real impact in driving momentum in Congress to modify such policies. Building on this tradition of executive leadership is critically important to our work.

This year, Congress made history by introducing the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage (EACH Woman) Act – bold legislation to reverse the Hyde amendment and related abortion funding restrictions. Introduced in July 2015, the EACH Woman Act now has just over 100 cosponsors in the House and is revolutionizing the way members of Congress fight against coverage bans.

We are asking you to answer this historic call for change by taking a strong stand against the Hyde Amendment and related abortion funding restrictions, and eliminating them from your Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

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September 21, 2015

The Honorable Thad Cochran

Chairman

Committee o Appropriations

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Barbara Mikulski

Ranking Member

Committee o Appropriations

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

 

The Honorable Harold Rogers

Chairman

Committee o Appropriations

United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Nita Lowey

Ranking Member

Committee o Appropriations

United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairmen Cochran and Rogers and Ranking Members Mikulski and Lowey:

With the opportunity and necessity in the coming months to address the country’s fiscal future, the undersigned 106 organizations urge the development of an overarching budget deal that provides sequestration relief and increases budget caps to adequately fund investments that ensure the health and well-being of our nation’s youth. As organizations committed to supporting adolescent sexual health programs—the Office of Adolescent Health’s (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) and the Division of Adolescent School Health (DASH) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—we know firsthand the vital role these federal programs play in supporting the health of young people and communities.

We respectfully request your support for the restoration of TPPP funding to at least the current level of $101 million and $6.8 million for evaluation, continued support for DASH at its current level of $32 million, and the elimination of abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) funding in the final fiscal year (FY) 2016 funding deliberations.

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September 17, 2015

Dear Member of the Senate:

We write to you as organizations strongly opposed to S. 15531, an unconstitutional and dangerous limitation on abortion that puts women’s health and rights at risk. The bill’s

provisions represent an appalling lack of compassion for—or trust in—the women who would be affected by this ban. By significantly interfering in both women’s personal decisions and their relationships with their healthcare providers, this bill is part and parcel of a nationwide campaign that has only one ultimate goal: to forever eliminate women’s access to reproductive health care.

S. 1553 is unconstitutional. S. 1553 violates established constitutional standards by imposing a pre-viability abortion ban. Furthermore, the bill’s failure to include a health exception also violate the constitutional standards. Each time a pre-viability ban on abortion has been challenged in court, it has been blocked.2 In January of 2014, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a similar abortion ban passed in Arizona, thereby leaving in effect an appellate court ruling striking down the ban as unconstitutional.3

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REQUEST FOR REVIEW AND RECONSIDERATION OF

JUNE 29, 2007 OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL MEMORANDUM RE: RFRA

August 20, 2015

The Honorable Barack H. Obama

President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

The 130 undersigned religious, education, civil rights, labor, LGBT, women’s, and health organizations write to request that you direct the Attorney General to instruct the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) to review and reconsider its flawed June 29, 2007 Memorandum titled, Re: Application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to the Award of a Grant Pursuant to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (OLC Memo). The OLC Memo reaches the erroneous and dangerous conclusion that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) provides a blanket override of a statutory non-discrimination provision. If left in place, the OLC Memo will tarnish the legacy of your work to advance fairness and equal treatment under the law for all Americans.

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August 7, 2015

Dear Members of Congress,

As expectant and parenting youth, the people who are in families and communities with them, and the organizations who work with young parents, we call on members of Congress to support the Young Parents' Dignity Agenda, a commitment to federal legislation and policies that provide expectant and parenting youth the respect, recognition, and resources they need to continue building a successful foundation for their families.

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Posts prior to August 7, 2015

 

 

November 3, 2015

NCPE Opposes Reauthorization of the D.C. School Voucher Program

 

October 28, 2015

Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act (S. 786/H.R. 1439)

 

October 20, 2015

Request for Guidance Reminding Schools of Obligations Under Title IX and Title VI to Address Sex- and Race-Based Harassment Occuring on Yik Yak and Other Anonoymous Social Media Applications

 

October 19, 2015

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our organizational support for the Health, Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2015

 

October 19, 2015

NCPE Opposes H.R. 10, the Reauthorization of the D.C. School Voucher Program

 

October 16, 2015

We the undersigned organizations thank President Obama for the Administration’s ongoing commitment to women’s health

 

October 7, 2015

Organizations opposed to Congress’ continued targeting of Planned Parenthood and women’s health care, particularly abortion

 

October 6, 2015

NCPE Opposes H.R. 10, The Reauthorization of the D.C. School Voucher Program

 

October 2, 2015

We are asking you to answer this historic call for change by taking a strong stand against the Hyde Amendment and related abortion funding restrictions, and eliminating them from your Fiscal Year 2017 budget

 

September 21, 2015

Organizations committed to supporting adolescent sexual health programs—the Office of Adolescent Health’s (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) and the Division of Adolescent School Health (DASH) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

September 17, 2015

We write to you as organizations strongly opposed to S. 15531, an unconstitutional and dangerous limitation on abortion that puts women’s health and rights at risk

 

August 20, 2015

Application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to the Award of a Grant Pursuant to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

 

August 7, 2015

We call on members of Congress to support the Young Parents' Dignity Agenda

 

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