Category Archive for: Policy Resolutions

PROTECTING PLURALISTIC DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

by Administrator

  • 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…



The Non-Profit Sector

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

The nonprofit sector enriches America and the world through varied programs and charitable deeds.  A vibrant and independent charitable community is vital for a strong America. Periodically, legislation is introduced that would restrict the rights of nonprofit organizations to engage in certain activities such as issue education and advocacy  or engaging in nonpartisan election-related activities…



SEIZING THE MOMENT: APPLYING THE LESSONS OF HURRICANE KATRINA

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

 Some moments in history transform the ways in which societies operate.  Others constitute a call to action that goes unheard.  Before the history is written about the 2005 hurricane season, and the flood that devastated much of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the Jewish community and all Americans must seize this moment to create…



HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

  Each year approximately 800,000 people are trafficked worldwide, deprived of human rights and freedoms.[1]  Millions more are trafficked within their countries. Trafficking victims are often coerced by a trafficker, lured by the promise of a better life – higher salaries and better living conditions than they were accustomed to in their home countries.  However,…



Racial Disparities in Healthcare

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

Census data for 2004 revealed that the number of uninsured Americans rose for the fourth year in a row resulting in 45.8 million Americans uninsured. In light of this growing problem the JCPA reaffirms its support for quality, affordable health care coverage, regardless of income, in accordance with our 2000 resolution on healthcare.  We call…



IMPLICATIONS OF HAMAS’ VICTORY IN THE PALESTINIAN LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

  In January of 2006, Hamas, which is designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union (EU), won a majority of seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council.   This alarming development led to the resignation of Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Ahmed Qurai (Abu Ala) and his cabinet, while Mahmoud…



Climate Change and Energy Independence

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

The United States and many other countries have become increasingly dependent on oil in the Middle East. U.S. foreign policy is constrained by the burden of protecting oil supplies in nations whose autocratic governments are often hostile towards democracies and the West in general and the U.S. and Israel specifically. As stated at the 2001…



Jewish Refugees from the Middle East and North Africa

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

In 2004, the JCPA plenum adopted a comprehensive resolution “Advocacy for Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries” that expressed support for the initiative “Justice for Jews from Arab Countries” (JJAC).[1] The goals of this initiative are to emphasize the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab states, to reestablish historical context, and seek reparations to help bring…