Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

CLIMATE CHANGE AND POVERTY

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 25, 2008

In 2007, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that warming of the climate system is “unequivocal.” Climate change has already led to observable increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising sea levels.  Eleven of the last twelve years (1995-2006) rank among the twelve warmest…



LANGUAGE AND IDENTITY CHARTER SCHOOLS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

Without taking a position on the value of charter schools, we acknowledge an increasing trend in public education is the creation of schools designed to draw together students of similar interest or background.  There is an understandable allure to such schools, as they promise to help students gain better skills in second languages, understand diverse…



HANDGUN VIOLENCE

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

The Jewish community relations field has a long standing concern with issues of quality of life and public safety. It is out of this concern, as well as the belief that Jewish tradition compels us to uphold the sanctity of life and the commandment against murder, that the JCPA has supported a wide range of…



Immigration Reform

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

  Comprehensive reform of the United States immigration system is long overdue.  The current morass of illegality, human suffering, and violence must be ended.   In 2004, the JCPA adopted a resolution in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.  Since that time, the lack of federal movement has caused state governments, local municipalities, and individual citizens…



MEASURES THAT UNDERMINE GOVERNMENTS’ ABILITY TO ADDRESS CRITICAL HUMAN NEEDS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

Beginning in the mid-1990s, welfare reform accelerated the funding of entitlement programs by means of capped block grants, shifting responsibility for national anti-poverty programs to cash-strapped states. In addition, the tax cuts passed by Congress since 2001 have resulted in fewer federal dollars available to states, forcing state governments to cut Medicaid, senior programs, child…



U.S. DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY SOURCES

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

  America’s increasing dependence on foreign oil for transportation, electricity, industry and other uses poses great risks for our nation and the world, specifically threats to national security, economic stability, and the health of our environment. In particular, our dependence on foreign oil enriches some countries that are hostile to the United States and support…



CIVIL RIGHTS AND INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

   The American Jewish Community has historically supported civil rights and individual liberties.   The mission statement of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs expresses a commitment to protect, preserve, and promote a just American society.  The American Jewish community has a “direct stake” in promoting individual liberties, and an “ethical imperative” to do so, recognizing…



PROTECTING PLURALISTIC DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

  The success of pluralistic democracy in America and the success of Jews and other religious minorities within this society are directly linked to the strength of our democratic institutions and Constitutional freedoms including religion and speech.  The JCPA mission statement concludes that “the Jewish community has a direct stake and an ethical imperative to…



Voting Rights

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

The achievement of a government that is responsive to the needs and aspirations of its people is possible only through maximum citizen participation in the electoral process. No right is more central to the function of a democracy than voting and, as such, the Voting Rights Act remains one of the most important pieces of…



Opposition to Torture

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

  Judaism holds that every human being is created b’tzelem Elokim (in the divine image) and, as such, is entitled to dignity and respect.  Our government’s duty to protect the lives of our citizens must be balanced with the obligation to protect the precious rights guaranteed each individual. The war on terrorism has challenged law…