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Welcoming Pope John Paul II’s Upcoming Trip to Israel

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  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) welcomes the upcoming visit of Pope John Paul II to Israel. This trip will mark the first papal visit to Israel and to its capital, Jerusalem, since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Jewish State. Jews worldwide have been moved by…



Calling For The Passage Of Meaningful Gun Safety Legislation

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  • Posted on February 28, 2000

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  • Guns and Mass Violence

  The easy access of firearms and its accompanying violence has taken a terrible toll on America, particularly on its youth. The proliferation of firearms, both legal and illegal, and illegal gun use is staggering. Thus, there has been an explosion of gun violence in our country which each year kills or wounds more than…



Regarding Athletic Team Names, Mascots, and Logos

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Jews for millennia have been subjected to racial and religious discrimination and know well the painful impact of spoken, written and pictorial epithets, caricatures, and stereotypes. One of the lessons of our history is that words do, indeed cause harm and that name-calling can lead directly or indirectly to acts of violence. Moreover, stereotyping affects…



Racial Profiling by Police Departments

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Recent months have witnessed an increased level of distress by minority communities throughout the country and people of many backgrounds concerned about human rights, over the practice of racial profiling by police departments or other agencies. This practice continues to victimize many innocent people, making our neighbors of color often feel like strangers in their…



Public Education and the Charter School Movement

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  • Posted on February 28, 2000

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  • Education

The American Jewish community has historically placed a high value on public education, recognizing public schools as the primary route for most children to full participation in the life of our nation. Public schools play a central role as well in teaching democracy and common civic values and in fostering tolerance, respect, and appreciation for…



National Energy Policy

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Since the 1970’s, the organized Jewish community has consistently supported federal policies and programs to reduce U.S. consumption of fossil fuels. The United States’ historic and increasing reliance on fossil fuels compromises our national security by creating dependence upon oil-producing nations; causes and exacerbates illness for millions of our citizens; and degrades our environment –…



Declaring A Moratorium on Imposition Of The Death Penalty

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  • Posted on February 28, 2000

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  • Criminal Justice

Whereas Illinois Governor George Ryan has imposed a state-wide moratorium on the death penalty and has appointed a commission to study the frequency with which inmates sentenced to death have later been found innocent, and Whereas there is every reason to believe that the potential innocence of those on death row is an issue throughout…



Middle East Peace Process

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The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) strongly supports Israel’s commitment to the ongoing negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, the renewed negotiations with Syria, and the pursuit of a secure and lasting peace with her Arab neighbors. On the Palestinian track, we commend the September 4, 1999 signing of the Sharm el-Sheikh Agreement by Israel…



Support of Long Term Health Care for Holocaust Survivors

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  • Posted on February 28, 2000

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  • Holocaust / Uncategorized

The JCPA and its member agencies support the pilot program initiated by Florida’s Insurance Commissioner and the South Florida Survivors Coalition to fund long term home health care for Holocaust survivors. The International Commission for Holocaust Era Insurance Claims has expressed its support for such a proposal in theory. The proposal embodies the principles that…



Living Wage and Low-Income Workers

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  • Posted on February 28, 2000

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  • Labor

The American Jewish Community has a long and distinguished tradition of being in the forefront of efforts to reduce economic poverty in the United States. There are several reasons for this. In addition to the Jewish immigrant experience in this nation, the concept of “Tikkun Olam” (repair of the world) requires Jews to work for…