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Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform

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  • Posted on October 8, 2015

  Over the last four decades, this country has pursued a drug policy that has done little to curtail usage and has had significant negative impact on our society. Drug arrests comprise half the arrests in our criminal justice system, and approximately half of those are marijuana arrests—the vast majority of which are for simple…



Armenian Genocide

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  • Posted on October 8, 2015

Historians and scholars tell us that the Armenian people were the victims of the first genocide of the twentieth century at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, the predecessors of modern-day Turkey. Approximately 1.5 million Armenians were killed or expelled from their homes and deported. The year 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the start…



Antisemitism (2015 Plenum)

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  • Posted on October 8, 2015

 In 2014 and the first part of 2015, there were three deadly terrorist attacks on European Jewish institutions: the Jewish museum in Brussels, a kosher grocery store in Paris, and a synagogue in Copenhagen. In the United States, while the total number of anti-Semitic incidents remains at historically low levels, there were some particularly violent…



The JCPA deplores recent violence in Oregon

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  • Posted on October 2, 2015

Believes such acts are anathema to the values upon which this nation is founded Washington, D.C., October 2, 2015 – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), in response to yesterday’s shooting at Oregon community college, issued the following statement:   The JCPA is appalled by this latest senseless shooting. We pray for the victims and…



The JCPA Praises Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Mandatory Sentencing for Nonviolent Offenders and Expand Early Release Programs

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  • Posted on October 2, 2015

Federal legislation offered by bipartisan group is a positive step forward  Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (the JCPA) praises the work of a bipartisan group of United States senators who, on Thursday, October 1, introduced a plan to cut mandatory prison sentences for nonviolent offenders and expand early release programs. In…



The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life: Administration on Ozone Standard Not Enough

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  • Posted on October 1, 2015

 Washington, D.C.  – Today President Obama will announce an updated rule on ozone pollution regulations. The Coalition on the Environment in Jewish Life, issued the following statement in response: The new ozone regulation is a necessary step in the move towards emission reductions and mitigating climate disruption. Ozone emissions create smog that affects the air…



JCPA appalled by recent shooting at Oregon community college

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  • Posted on October 1, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), in response to today’s shooting at Oregon community college, issued the following statement: The JCPA is appalled by this latest senseless shooting. We pray for the victims and their families, and we call for action to save more innocent lives from meeting the same tragic…



JCPA Congratulates Rabbi Steve Gutow on Appointment to the Presidents Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

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  • Posted on September 25, 2015

Washington, D.C., September 25, 2015 – In recognition of President Obama’s appointment of Rabbi Steve Gutow to the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is issuing the following statement: We are proud of and deeply appreciative for President Obama’s appointment of Rabbi Steve Gutow to the President’s…



JCPA mourns the loss of life during the Hajj ritual

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  • Posted on September 25, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) mourns the heartbreaking loss of over 700 lives during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mina this past week.  This tragedy comes at a poignant moment – as the Jewish and Muslim calendars coincide the Hajj and the Jewish High Holidays.  We reach out during this time…