Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

Domestic Violence

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  • Posted on February 19, 1997

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  • Criminal Justice

The effort to address the problem of domestic violence remains a profound challenge for the organized Jewish community, as well as for our many coalition partners. We are particularly concerned that silence, denial and shame within our community have proven to be serious obstacles to increasing awareness and knowledge of the issue. With domestic abuse…



Strengthening Protections for Endangered Species and Habitats

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Torah does not permit a killing that would uproot a species, even if it permitted the killing [of individuals] in that species. -Nachmanides, Commentary on Deuteronomy 22:6. Background: In 1996, the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC) took action in response to the rapid destruction of habitats and species around the world, advocating that…



Ensuring Justice for All: Principles for the Development of Clean Air and other Regulations Affecting Public Health

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Background Note: The public has until March 12, 1997 to comment on the new clean air standards proposed by the EPA. It is anticipated that there will be an attempt made in Congress to weaken the EPA proposals by exercising the recently-passed Congressional authority to amend or veto regulations which affect small businesses. Many environmental…



Environmental Leadership and Justice

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Recent attacks on environmental protections have raised profound questions about the fulfillment of our solemn moral obligation to serve as responsible stewards of our natural heritage and to bequeath to future generations an improved, rather than a degraded, world. Furthermore, the nation has not engaged in a comprehensive effort to end environmental injustices, leaving some…



The Protection of Biological Diversity

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Beginning in the late 1970’s with concerns about US energy independence and its implications for Israel’s security, environment issues, including water pollution, toxic waste clean-up, and environmental justice, have emerged as significant policy concerns of the organized American Jewish community. The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council recognizes the importance of environmental preservation to the…



Legislation to allow concealed deadly weapons

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  • Posted on February 13, 1996

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  • Guns and Mass Violence

In keeping with its long-standing position supporting enhanced control of firearms through legislation at the national, state, and local levels, the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC) urges strong opposition to recent state level legislative initiatives which would allow the carrying of concealed deadly weapons. Such legislation will not protect American citizens from violence.…



Action to Overcome Racial Division

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  • Posted on October 23, 1995

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  • Intergroup Relations

  Events in the last several months have served to underscore the profound racial divide which continues to exist within our country. This divide increasingly undermines the efforts of people of goodwill to work together to ensure an open, inclusive, pluralistic society which safeguards the well-being of all its citizens. It is imperative that we…



Addressing the Causes and Prevention of Crime and Violence

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  • Posted on June 12, 1995

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  • Criminal Justice

Policy The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council shares the nationwide concern over problems of crime and violence which plague schools, cities, and suburban communities. The potential for inner city neighborhood revitalization is too often impeded by criminal activity that undermines efforts to enhance economic development, create jobs, and improve schools. The use of illegal…



Jewish-Arab Relations

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  The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council and the National Association of Arab Americans jointly   condemn unequivocally all terrorist acts, defined as politically motivated acts of violence against civilians, whatever their origin, and urge even more vigorous U.S. government efforts to combat the scourge of international and domestic terrorism; reject all forms of…



Violence Against Reproductive Health Facilities

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  • Posted on February 7, 1995

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  • Women's Issues

 The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, meeting in plenary session in Washington, D.C., strongly condemns the outrageous terrorist attacks committed against reproductive health clinics, health care providers and clients. As a society we cannot allow a climate of fear to undermine a woman’s legal right to exercise reproductive choice. This is a right upheld…