Human Rights and Inclusion
We strongly believe in the principle of human dignity and that the rights of all must be safeguarded.
- Disability Rights: Almost one-fifth of all Americans live with a disability. These individuals deserve and must have full access to employment, education and public spaces. The Americans with Disabilities Act, passed almost three decades ago, has been one of the greatest civil rights breakthroughs of our time.
- Fighting Anti-Semitism and Other Forms of Bigotry: America must vigorously oppose all forms of anti-Semitism at home and abroad. All government officials including the president of the United States must forcefully and unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism wherever and whenever it occurs. We call upon the president to sustain and support the post of special envoy on global anti-Semitism, and to maintain the White House’s position of liaison to the Jewish community. The recent resurgence of anti-Semitism both in public rhetoric and in hate crimes illustrate the critical need to call upon our elected officials to denounce such egregious behavior and take any and all necessary steps to help eradicate it. Both the anti-Semitism on the far-right coming under the guise of nationalism and anti-Semitism on the far-left masquerading as anti-Zionism must be opposed at all levels. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter should be used to fight such movements. Schools at all levels must adopt anti-bias education that educates children to respect differences.
- Holocaust Education/Survivors: It is absolutely critical to educate the next generation about the Holocaust. Holocaust education should be a prominent and embedded component of the history curriculum taught in all levels of the education system. We support government and philanthropic endeavors to assist survivors with access to economic resources and health care.
- Immigration: As descendants of immigrants, American Jews know and understand all too well the horrors of excessive immigration restrictions. Comprehensive immigration offering a path to citizenship for undocumented individuals and families and keeping families together is vital to maintaining America’s values and future. More immediately, Congress must enact protections for “Dreamers,” who face risk of deportation after the cancellation of the DACA program.
- LGBT Rights: Marriage equality is now the law of the land. We urge states to adopt anti-discrimination laws that guarantee LGBT people equal access to housing, public accommodations and employment.
- Racial Equality and Criminal Justice Reform: The history of the Jewish people in America and abroad makes the Jewish community unique in understanding the horrors of race hatred and persecution. Inherent in our history is our ability to identify with the struggles of people of color and other minority groups in the United States. We support greater accountability for law enforcement, sentencing reform, an end to civil asset forfeiture, and the restoration of felons’ voting rights.
- Reproductive Rights: Every woman must have the right to choose and the right to access to quality reproductive health care. We support the vital work of organizations providing critical health services to women.