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GENDER IDENTITY DISCRIMINATION

by Administrator

The struggle for equality has taken many forms over the years as different groups have sought full participation in American society.  The inclusion of a group in anti-discrimination or hate crimes legislation is nothing more than recognition that the promise of economic freedom and physical security still eludes many Americans.  Legislation prohibiting discrimination based on…



CLIMATE CHANGE AND POVERTY

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In 2007, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that warming of the climate system is “unequivocal.” Climate change has already led to observable increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising sea levels.  Eleven of the last twelve years (1995-2006) rank among the twelve warmest…



IRAN’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM

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  • Posted on March 27, 2007

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  • U.S. Foreign Policy

  In 2005, the JCPA adopted a resolution urging the United States and the international community to give a high priority to efforts aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. Indeed, the prospect of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons — and developing missiles to launch those weapons against countries throughout the region, Europe and…



LANGUAGE AND IDENTITY CHARTER SCHOOLS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

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  • Education

Without taking a position on the value of charter schools, we acknowledge an increasing trend in public education is the creation of schools designed to draw together students of similar interest or background.  There is an understandable allure to such schools, as they promise to help students gain better skills in second languages, understand diverse…



HANDGUN VIOLENCE

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The Jewish community relations field has a long standing concern with issues of quality of life and public safety. It is out of this concern, as well as the belief that Jewish tradition compels us to uphold the sanctity of life and the commandment against murder, that the JCPA has supported a wide range of…



DIVESTMENT FROM SUDAN

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The JCPA is deeply concerned and outraged by the ongoing tragedy in Darfur. The U.S. Congress, State Department, and President, as well as other world leaders, have recognized the situation as genocide. The JCPA passed resolutions calling upon communities to take a number of actions that urge the United States government and the international community…



ALLEVIATING THE SUFFERING OF ISRAELI CITIZENS EVACUATED FROM GAZA AND NORTHERN SHOMRON

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

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  • Israeli Domestic Concerns

It has been more than a year since the Israeli government initiated its disengagement from Gaza and northern Shomron, yet the Israeli citizens evacuated from their homes amidst the hope that peace would follow still await the resources they need to rebuild and relocate their lives.   These citizens created their communities with the strong…



ALLEVIATING THE SUFFERING OF ATTACKED AND DISPLACED ISRAELI CITIZENS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

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  • Israeli Domestic Concerns

  The resilience of the Israeli people has always earned the admiration of American Jews.  In turn, American Jewry continues to support our Israeli brothers and sisters in many ways.   This past summer, more than a million Israelis were affected by the devastating attacks of Hezbollah rockets.  After the war, apartments were left demolished, water pipes…



Immigration Reform

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  Comprehensive reform of the United States immigration system is long overdue.  The current morass of illegality, human suffering, and violence must be ended.   In 2004, the JCPA adopted a resolution in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.  Since that time, the lack of federal movement has caused state governments, local municipalities, and individual citizens…



MEASURES THAT UNDERMINE GOVERNMENTS’ ABILITY TO ADDRESS CRITICAL HUMAN NEEDS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

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  • Anti-Poverty

Beginning in the mid-1990s, welfare reform accelerated the funding of entitlement programs by means of capped block grants, shifting responsibility for national anti-poverty programs to cash-strapped states. In addition, the tax cuts passed by Congress since 2001 have resulted in fewer federal dollars available to states, forcing state governments to cut Medicaid, senior programs, child…