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HANDGUN VIOLENCE

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 25, 2007

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

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 25, 2007

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 ATTACKED AND DISPLACED ISRAELI CITIZENS

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 25, 2007

  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

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 25, 2007

  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

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 25, 2007

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…



U.S. DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY SOURCES

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 25, 2007

  America’s increasing dependence on foreign oil for transportation, electricity, industry and other uses poses great risks for our nation and the world, specifically threats to national security, economic stability, and the health of our environment. In particular, our dependence on foreign oil enriches some countries that are hostile to the United States and support…



CIVIL RIGHTS AND INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 25, 2007

   The American Jewish Community has historically supported civil rights and individual liberties.   The mission statement of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs expresses a commitment to protect, preserve, and promote a just American society.  The American Jewish community has a “direct stake” in promoting individual liberties, and an “ethical imperative” to do so, recognizing…



UNITED NATIONS REFORM

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

  The Jewish community throughout the US and around the world was involved in and supportive of the United Nations as it arose from the conflagration of World War II, promising a new way of engaging countries, multilaterally, in preventing future wars. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs remains fully committed to the founding and…



PROTECTING PLURALISTIC DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

  The success of pluralistic democracy in America and the success of Jews and other religious minorities within this society are directly linked to the strength of our democratic institutions and Constitutional freedoms including religion and speech.  The JCPA mission statement concludes that “the Jewish community has a direct stake and an ethical imperative to…