Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Thursday, December 15th at 12pm ET for our weekly White House Faith and Community Engagement call


December 14, 2022



Friends –
Please join us this Thursday, December 15th at 12pm ET for our weekly White House Faith and Community Engagement call.  RSVP here.
Here are several updates on Administration priorities that may be relevant to your organization and community.
Countering Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Related Forms of Discrimination and Bias
President Biden has established an inter-agency group led by Domestic Policy Council staff and National Security Council staff to increase and better coordinate U.S. Government efforts to counter antisemitism, Islamophobia, and related forms of bias and discrimination within the United States. The President has tasked the inter-agency group, as its first order of business, to develop a national strategy to counter antisemitism. This strategy will raise understanding about antisemitism and the threat it poses to the Jewish community and all Americans, address antisemitic harassment and abuse both online and offline, seek to prevent antisemitic attacks and incidents, and encourage whole-of-society efforts to counter antisemitism and build a more inclusive nation. We look forward to working with you on these issues.

Britney Griner’s Release
On Thursday, December 8th, President Biden spoke with Brittney Griner after securing her release from wrongful detention in Russia. Her release was the result of painstaking negotiations across the U.S. government.
Griner’s release demonstrates the President’s resolve to bring home wrongfully detained Americans. The Biden-Harris Administration will not stop working to bring home every U.S. citizen wrongfully detained anywhere in the world.
Respect for Marriage Act Bill Signing
On Tuesday, December 13th, President Biden signed the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act into federal law at a celebration on the South Lawn. The Respect for Marriage Act builds on generations of civil rights advocacy to bring stability and security to millions of LGBTQI+ and interracial couples who will finally be guaranteed the rights and protections to which they and their children are entitled.
The President signed this historic legislation into law alongside a bipartisan group of lawmakers, as well as advocates, LGBTQI+ families, faith leaders, and plaintiffs in marriage equality cases across the country. The President noted in his remarks that more work remains to protect LGBTQI+ individuals across the country, including by passing the Equality Act.
Lower Inflation Shows President Biden’s Economic Plan is Working
On Tuesday morning, we received welcome economic news—inflation is coming down. This is a reason for optimism for the holiday season and the year ahead. Annual inflation has fallen for the last five months, with gas prices falling and food price increases slowing. Core inflation—a key measure for economists—has also slowed.
President Biden’s economic plan is showing results:

  • Inflation is lower as we see a much-needed slowdown ahead of the holidays
  • Gas prices are down—at an average of $3.25, they are cheaper than they were a year ago, before Putin’s war
  • GDP is up—the economy grew at 2.9% last quarter
  • Jobs are up—more than 260,000 were created last month for 10.5 million total jobs since President Biden took office
  • Manufacturing is booming—750,000 manufacturing jobs have been created under President Biden
  • Unemployment is down—near a 50-year low
  • Wages are up—rising 0.5% last month

We’re making real progress on the President’s top economic priority—tackling inflation - while we transition to a period of stable, steady economic growth. The President’s plan to build an economy from the bottom up and middle out is working.
All the best,
The White House Faith and Community Partnerships Team


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