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April

CAN WE TALK?

It has become common around holidays to see articles offering advice on how to avoid political conversation when returning home for family gatherings. These articles propose often elaborate ways to change the subject, warning of the distinctly unappetizing effect of venturing into a discussion on current events.

Is this really necessary? Have we gotten to a point where we cannot bring up front page stories for fear of straining – even possibly ruining – long-standing relationships?

The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago decided to try to answer this

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January

UNCOMMON ALLIES COME TOGETHER FOR COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS

Like all Americans, I’m heartbroken by the recent incidents of gun violence that have shaken our country. The statistics are well known: Americans are 20 times more likely to be killed by a gun than people in other developed countries and nearly 12,000 Americans die each year, ripping apart families and communities. But in today’s divisive political climate, gun violence prevention has become all too difficult to achieve. That is why my colleagues and I are honored to partner with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS)

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July

THREE COUNTRIES, THREE TRIPS, IMMEASURABLE IMPACT

WASHINGTON,  July 25, 2015 /Medium/ – As President Obama travels through Kenya and Ethiopia this week, I am reminded of the incredible Africans I have met who are transforming their communities and countries.

Over the past year, I have had the privilege of leading three fact-finding trips to Africa with members of Congress, retired generals, policy advisors, and leaders from the private sector. Together, we saw firsthand the invaluable work and impact of America’s development and diplomacy efforts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

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April

AFTERSCHOOL VICTORY ON CAPITOL HILL

Afterschool advocates meet with a Congressional staffer on Capitol Hill.

On April 16, 2015, after three days of markups, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) voted to reinstate funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization. The Committee’s bipartisan vote to preserve 21st CCLC, the primary source of federal funding for afterschool programs, will not only improve existing opportunities for the 1.6 million children currently enrolled in afterschool programs, but will also help modernize the initiative and

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January

WATER FOR THE WORLD ACT: THE POWER OF CITIZEN VOICES

Water advocates meet with Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) on Capitol Hill.

An online survey conducted by the Congressional Management Foundation found that 97% of Hill staffers surveyed said that constituent visits have ‘some’ or ‘a lot’ of influence on a Member of Congress. The recent enactment of the Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014 supports this statistic, illustrating the far-reaching impact of constituent visits and citizen advocacy.

In 2014, Schrayer & Associates worked with World Vision to plan H2O:DC, a two day conference that brought supporters from across the country

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December

BREAKING BREAD AT A BIPARTISAN TABLE

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) at the 2014 U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Tribute Dinner.

Every year, around the holiday season, I stumble upon at least one or two articles about how to avoid politics at holiday gatherings, but these days in Washington, my mantra is to try to find common political ground.

This holiday season, I found more collaboration than one hears if you only read the headlines.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition hosted its 10th Annual Tribute Dinner, featuring USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah with

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