Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

Civil Liberties Issues Raised by War on Terrorism

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    The events of September 11th shocked our nation and shattered our sense of security.  Americans learned that day that terrorism is not a threat distant in time or place, but a present reality.    As Jews, we understand the need to combat terrorism aggressively and to provide law enforcement with the tools to…



The Death Penalty

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

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  • Criminal Justice

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) historically has stood in opposition to the death penalty and, in February 2000, joined the American Bar Association’s call for a death penalty moratorium until issues of fairness, impartiality, and the risk of error are resolved. That call was spurred by new information about the likelihood that wrongfully…



Race and Criminal Justice

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

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  • Criminal Justice

PREAMBLE: Recognizing the responsibility of government at all levels to act forcefully to prevent crime, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) historically has advocated crime fighting strategies that include both strict enforcement measures and intervention initiatives designed to prevent violence (JCPA Policy on Crime and Violence adopted June, 1995). In recent years, we have…



Long Term Care and Supportive Services for the Elderly

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

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  • Healthcare

PREAMBLE: As our population ages, the need for a comprehensive system of affordable, quality long-term care services (herein after “long term care”) and for innovative, cost-effective ways to provide these services grows more acute. Jewish values teach us that older people deserve deference and respect. According to Rabbi Issi ben Yehuda, we are obligated to…



Energy and Environment Priorities for the New Administration and 107th Congress

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  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has long supported vigorous efforts to protect the environment and public health. Many pressing energy and environmental issues facing the nation and world are overdue for action and should become priorities for the new Administration and Congress. We urge that the following priority issues receive prompt attention:…



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…



Anti-Jewish Rhetoric and Violence

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  The month-long violence in Israel and the Palestinian Authority territories has sparked an alarming escalation in virulent anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence around the globe. From synagogues in France, to a British Jew stabbed while riding the bus, and from a Chicago rabbi shot at in his car to a sukkah set ablaze in St.…



Calling For The Passage Of Meaningful Gun Safety Legislation

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  • Posted on February 28, 2000

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  • Guns and Mass Violence

  The easy access of firearms and its accompanying violence has taken a terrible toll on America, particularly on its youth. The proliferation of firearms, both legal and illegal, and illegal gun use is staggering. Thus, there has been an explosion of gun violence in our country which each year kills or wounds more than…



Regarding Athletic Team Names, Mascots, and Logos

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Jews for millennia have been subjected to racial and religious discrimination and know well the painful impact of spoken, written and pictorial epithets, caricatures, and stereotypes. One of the lessons of our history is that words do, indeed cause harm and that name-calling can lead directly or indirectly to acts of violence. Moreover, stereotyping affects…