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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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  • 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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  • 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…



Lipstadt/Irving Trial

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  • World Jewry

  The current trial taking place in a London, England courtroom, where Professor Deborah Lipstadt has been accused by David Irving of libel for referring to him as a Holocaust denier, provides a powerful reminder of the vigilance required to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. Professor Lipstadt has, in her writings, performed an invaluable…



 Jewish Security In Argentina

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  • World Jewry

  In 1992, terrorists bombed the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires killing 29 people, and wounding dozens more. In 1994, 86 people were killed and scores more hurt when the AMIA Jewish Community Center was bombed. More than 6 years later, the perpetrators of these crimes have yet to be brought to justice. However, in…



Confederate Flag

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It is our profound hope that the people of South Carolina will come to the conclusion that the flying of the Confederate flag is a divisive symbol, offensive to citizens of all backgrounds – and that it should be removed from atop the state capitol. South Carolina has a proud and a distinguished heritage. The…