Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

Breast cancer

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  • Posted on February 28, 2010

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  • Women's Issues

Breast Cancer strikes women of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities and ages; however, certain populations are not only more vulnerable to this disease but are also at risk for higher mortality  rates.   Ashkenazi Jewish women and young African-American women have an increased risk of breast cancer. Ashkenazi women are at greater risk for carrying the…



Freedom of Expression/Defamation of Religion

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  There is an international movement to restrict, and in some cases criminalize, speech that is deemed critical or “defamatory” of religions.  The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has been advancing this initiative in successive resolutions of the UN Human Rights Council and the Third Committee of the GA, and it has emerged as…



Federal Poverty Measure

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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  • Anti-Poverty

  Driven by our mandate from Deuteronomy 15:4, “There Shall Be No Needy Among You,” the Jewish Council for Public Affairs has mobilized dozens of communities nationwide to build the political will to reduce poverty in America.   To that end, the JCPA strongly supports reform of the way poverty is measured in the United…



Alleviating Hunger and Food Insufficiency

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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  • Anti-Poverty

Jewish tradition teaches us that we must feed the hungry. “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges … you shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger.” (Lev. 23:22)  “Whenever you give food to the poor, G-d accounts it to you as…



Muslim-Jewish Relations

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  Muslims in America are ethnically, religiously, and politically diverse and the Muslim community in America is evolving – as are the relationships between Muslims and Jews. We recognize with concern that there have been incidents of stereotyping, scapegoating and bigotry directed at Muslim Americans for no reason other than their religious identity, and we…



Comprehensive Energy Policy

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Background: The United States needs a comprehensive energy policy both to fight global warming and to strengthen national security.    The policies for achieving these two goals are largely, although not completely, overlapping, but the relationship between them is complex.   Many major oil-producing nations are either overtly hostile to the United States or have national…



Supporting Comprehensive Early Childhood Care and Education Programs for All

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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  • Education

  Our Jewish tradition teaches that raising and educating children are among our highest concerns.  Recent neuroscience research tells us that prenatal nutrition and healthcare and the care and education of children from birth to age three are the most important determinants of a child’s future productiveness and success in school and later life. Development…



Criminal Justice Reform

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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  • Criminal Justice

  The JCPA mission statement calls for a “just American society,” recognizing that the Jewish community has “an ethical imperative to assure that America remains a country wedded to the Bill of Rights and committed to the rule of law, a nation whose institutions continue to function as a public trust.”  Nowhere is this goal…



Strengthening the Assets of Low Income Households

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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  • Anti-Poverty

  Poverty cannot be understood and defined solely as a lack of income. Families also need assets, which are the building blocks of long-term economic security and the “rungs” needed to climb the economic ladder. They need to be able to rely on responsible financial services that help build and not destroy those assets. Thus,…



COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

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  • Education

In order to make responsible, healthy decisions, young people need sexuality education that is proven to be effective and will provide the public health information that will keep them safe. Comprehensive sexuality education programs have been found to be effective in delaying the onset of sexual intercourse, reducing the number of sexual partners, and increasing…