Category Archive for: Issues

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…



Support the Refugee Protection Act of 2016

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The Refugee Protection Act, soon to be introduced by Senator Leahy (VT),  has been introduced every Congress since 2010. It would make refugee and asylum case processing more timely and efficient, better assist torture-survivors and others with mental health issues resulting from the traumas refugees suffer, and continue support services beyond the initial resettlement period…



Reduce Poverty in Rhode Island

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Exemplary/outstanding/innovative program Seven years ago a movement was formed in Rhode Island based on a JCPA teleconference to cut poverty in half in ten years. The national program was called Reducing Poverty With Faith. The day of the teleconference call at the Jewish Alliance, over 50 faith leaders, from virtually every denomination was in attendance.…



What You Need To Know: UC Board of Regents’ Principles Against Intolerance

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What You Need To Know: UC Board of Regents’ Principles Against Intolerance In response to concerns that anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise at its constituent campuses, the University of California Board of Regents recently approved a Statement of Principles affirming that “Anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place…



Contact your Member of Congress to Support the Bipartisan Task Force on Anti-Semitism

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  • Posted on May 11, 2016

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  • Action Alert / Global Anti-Semitism

March 24 marked the one-year anniversary of the creation of the Congressional Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism. Co-sponsored by Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Kay Granger (R-Texas), Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), the task force has been successful at providing educational opportunities about and…



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…



Want to Keep Students from Turning to BDS? Try Mock Peace Negotiations with a Twist

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Want to Keep Students from Turning to BDS? Try Mock Peace Negotiations with a Twist   David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari   The divisive discourse on many American campuses threatens to doom Jewish and Muslim student leaders to the mistakes of the past, but bringing them together for mock negotiations is a proven way of…



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

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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…