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Minimum Wage

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  • Posted on February 23, 1998

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  • Labor

Federal legislation, scheduled to be introduced this week, would raise the current federal minimum wage by a modest 50 cents a year for each of the next two years. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) supports adoption of this legislation which would restore buying power to minimum wage workers who have seen their purchasing…



Iraq Crisis

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  • Posted on February 23, 1998

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The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) strongly supports the Administration’s efforts to bring about Iraqi compliance with United Nations resolutions adopted in the wake of Saddam Hussein’s aggression against Kuwait and Israel. An agreement was reached yesterday between United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and Iraq’s leadership which President Clinton believes might serve as…



Ethiopian Educational Integration in Israel

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The American Jewish community has long rejoiced in the miracle of the return of Ethiopian Jews to their homeland after centuries of separation. The Israeli government, with the partnership of the Diaspora communities, has made extraordinary efforts towards this community’s successful absorption into Israeli society. However, this integration effort is not yet complete, particularly in…



Establishment of an International Criminal Court

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  • Posted on February 23, 1998

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  • U.S. Foreign Policy

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) supports the initiative to establish a permanent and effective International Criminal Court (ICC), and urges the United States to take a lead role in this effort. The proposed ICC, scheduled to be the subject of a major diplomatic conference in Rome in 1998, would be empowered to prosecute…



“Brownfields” Legislation

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At the state and federal level, numerous new programs have been proposed or initiated, and a variety of new laws have been passed in an effort to spur the development of “Brownfields,” or former industrial sites, primarily clustered in and around older urban areas, which are environmentally contaminated, abandoned, or underutilized. Brownfields programs and laws…



50TH Anniversary of the State of Israel

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  • Posted on February 23, 1998

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  • World Jewry

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs joins the entire world Jewish community in celebration of the 50th Anniversary year of the establishment of the State of Israel. For a half century, the Jewish people have realized their dream of living in a sovereign Jewish homeland. With heartfelt joy we salute the people of Israel and…



Recent Attacks on Religious Institutions and Individuals in Israel

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  • Posted on October 27, 1997

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  • Israeli Domestic Concerns

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) adopted the attached statement on “Extremist Rhetoric, Violence and Civil Dialogue” at its 1996 Plenum, with the support of the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements. Consistent with the principles articulated therein, the JCPA strongly condemns the recent acts of arson, vandalism and desecration perpetrated against religious institutions in…



Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change

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 In December 1997, the nations of the world will gather in Kyoto, Japan to develop a treaty with binding commitments to address the threat of climate change. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of over 2,000 climate scientists from around the world charged to evaluate the data on climate change to inform…



Sweatshops

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Responding to the ethical imperative to respect and protect the basic rights of working men and women to safe, decent, secure working conditions, and noting our own community’s historical experience as immigrants to this country, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs reaffirms its commitment to the campaign to eliminate sweatshops and to end exploitative child…



Persecution of Religious Minorities

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Consistent with our deep and abiding commitment to the protection of individual human rights, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) holds firm to the fundamental belief that all people should be free to worship as they choose. We are very disturbed by reports of torture and other forms of persecution directed at individuals because…