Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

Federal Poverty Measure

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

  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

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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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

  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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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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

  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

  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…



Challenges in Coalition Building

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

  The principal mandate of the Jewish community relations field, as expressed in the JCPA mission statement, involves three interrelated goals including safeguarding the rights of Jews here and around the world, dedicating ourselves to the safety and security of the state of Israel, and advancing a just American society that furthers harmonious intergroup relations. …



Strengthening the Assets of Low Income Households

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

  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

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…



PREDATORY LENDING

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  • Posted on February 25, 2008

Predatory lending, defined as “the practice of a lender deceptively convincing borrowers to agree to unfair and abusive loan terms, or systematically violating those terms in ways that make it difficult for the borrower to defend against” is a rapidly growing problem in America, and is of particular concern as its victims are disproportionately minorities,…