Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

Mental Health Care

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  • Posted on June 10, 2002

    The Jewish Council for Public Affairs has consistently supported comprehensive, accessible, affordable, quality health care coverage for individuals and families regardless of income.  This includes mental as well as physical health care, consistent with our understanding that Judaism concerns itself with the health of the mind and soul as well as the body. …



Resolution on Making Poverty Reduction a Primary Goal of TANF Reauthorization

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  • Posted on February 24, 2002

  The 1996 welfare law transformed the nation’s social policy, changing several welfare-related programs and replacing the entitlement to cash assistance with a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, which made benefits contingent on work. While these laws have helped low-income families move from welfare to work, millions have not received the assistance needed…



Careful Consideration of Judicial Nominees

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  • Posted on February 18, 2002

The United States has long taken pride in its independent judiciary. The judicial branch of the federal government is responsible for the administration of justice through conducting civil and criminal trials and handling appeals and plays a critical role in interpreting our laws and deciding whether they are constitutional. Our cohesion as a nation depends…



Constitutional Freedoms in the Age of Cybertechnology

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  • Posted on February 18, 2002

Introduction:  The issue of hate crimes and the internet was selected in February 2000 for an in-depth JCPA review because it juxtaposes two central interests of the Jewish community: our interest in combating anti-Semitism, hate speech and violence; and our strong commitment to free speech, individual rights and privacy.  Between February 2000 and June 2001,…



Civil Liberties Issues Raised by War on Terrorism

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  • Posted on February 18, 2002

    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

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

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

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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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

  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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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

  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…