Category Archive for: American Government and Pluralistic Democracy

Election Reform

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  As people who celebrate voting rights as the cornerstone of democracy worldwide, we must move to restore confidence in the integrity and fairness of our own election process. The Presidential election of 2000 has exposed numerous flaws in our country’s election procedures. Nationwide, polling mechanisms, the design of election ballots, voting rules, hours, and…



Campaign Finance Reform

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  In keeping with our longstanding concern for the strength of our democratic institutions, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs in 1998 spoke out to support Congressional consideration of options for campaign finance reform. The JCPA applauds the decision by Congressional leadership to finally consider this issue within the next several months. The disproportionate role…



Census 2000 Statistical Sampling

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The U.S. Constitution mandates that a national census be conducted every ten years. This enumeration serves as the cornerstone of government operations, affecting the allocation of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives; the drawing of Congressional districts; federal allocations for essential services, such as education, law enforcement, health care, and transportation; and implementation of…



Balanced Budget Amendment (Plenum 1995)

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Consistent with longstanding consensus policy, the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC) opposes current efforts to enact a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Amending the Constitution, for any purpose, is a most profound matter. Such action alters the fundamental law of the land. While the NJCRAC agrees there is an urgent need…



Action Alert: Urge Congress to Pass the Dream Act

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The Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, puts 800,000 Dreamers at risk of deportation. The DREAM Act of 2017 would rectify this decision. It is critical that Congress to stand up for these youth and take swift action to replace fear and uncertainty with permanent protection! Dreamers are undocumented…



Memory of Thurgood Marshall

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  The passing of Thurgood Marshall is a great loss for all Americans. But for the Jewish community, the loss is especially sharp and poignant. The NJCRAC had a special affection for Justice Marshall. In many ways, Thurgood Marshall articulated for all of us the vocabulary of civil rights, civil liberties, freedom of expression, and…