Category Archive for: Civil Rights and Religious Pluralism

Jewish/Korean Teen Coalition

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Exemplary/outstanding/innovative program With the rapid growth of the Korean population in Northern New Jersey, the JCRC initiated a Jewish/Korean Dialogue two years ago, with the goals of promoting greater understanding, fostering mutual respect, and exploring commonalities between the two communities; and enhancing support from outside the Jewish community in efforts to build allies, to assist…



Urge your Senators to support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act and urge Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring it to the floor for a vote!

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Last fall, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123), the most significant criminal justice reform the United States Congress has considered in decades. The bill offers sensible reforms to our criminal justice system designed to reverse mass incarceration, including reducing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses and examining…



JCPA at the White House

by jgilad

Last week, JCPA’s Director of Legal Affairs and Policy Development Hanna Dershowitz made a presentation at the White House before President Obama’s Advisory Council on Neighborhood and Faith-Based Partnerships and Administration staff. The Council is making recommendations to the President on a broad range of race, justice, poverty, and related issues. Dershowitz has been advising…



Can a person have a fair chance without access to housing?

by jgilad

This week is National Reentry week, a time when the Department of Justice and other federal agencies, returning citizens, and advocates work to raise awareness of our nation’s need to reform our criminal justice system and better reintegrate formerly incarcerated individuals into society. In the United States, nearly 100 million adults have criminal records and…



United Nations General Assembly Special Session

by jgilad

United Nations General Assembly Special Session, or UNGASS, is a meeting of UN member states to assess and debate global issues, and, last week, there was a special session held on global drug policy at the UN headquarters in New York. The last time a special session on drugs was held in 1998, its focus…



Terror in Pakistan

by jgilad

A suicide bombing on Sunday killed dozens and wounded hundreds in a city park in Lahore, Pakistan. Jamaat-e-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, explaining that the goal was to kill Christians, a minority religious group in Pakistan. JCPA is outraged by any attempt to persecute individuals or groups…



(Some Of) What You Need To Know: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

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(Some Of) What You Need To Know: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act This What You Need To Know (WYNTK) is only an overview of a very complex piece of legislation aiming to reduce mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenders. This edition will focus on the Senate’s version of bill, S.2123 that spurred a national conversation…



Future will be paved by relationships, says JCPA leader

by jgilad

By Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer Pittsburgh (JC) — David Bernstein spent the morning of March 29 with insiders at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Over breakfast, Bernstein, the new president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, described the evolving nature of anti-Israel efforts on college campuses. Beginning with direct attempts made at university divestment from…



JCPA Calls for Careful, Full, and Fair Consideration of Judge Garland’s Nomination

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 Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – Today President Obama has announced that he has nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat previously held by the late Antonin Scalia.  In response the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has issued the following statement: “JCPA is dedicated to the pursuit of justice,” said David…



Muslims and Jews Act Together on Climate Change

by jgilad

How can we use acting on climate change as a peace-building and interfaith strategy?  This past weekend, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life Manager Liya Rechtman joined with Muslim environmental consultant and former Green Muslims Board Member Asma Mahdi at the Howard University Divinity School Interfaith Leadership Summit. Together, they led a focus group…