Religious Freedom in New York City

August 3rd, 2010

To counter the opposition to plans by American Muslims to build a community center in lower Manhattan modeled after Jewish Community Centers (JCC's) and Y's all over the country, J Street collected over 10,000 signatures in support of religious freedom for all minorities in under 24 hours. J Street delivered the signatures to the Commission ahead of its crucial vote on the Cordoba House - and we were pleased to see that the commission unanimously voted in favor of the project's construction.    American and Jewish heritage are both grounded in a strong belief in equality, justice, and religious freedom. If freedom can be denied to a single person because of who they are, it can happen to anyone of us. In the battle against violent extremism, core democratic values like respect for minorities and freedom of religion can be potent weapons in ensuring security and advancing tolerance and understanding.  That's why Jeffrey Goldberg calls the campaign against the project a "terrible mistake." [1] In addition to J Street, the project has the support of Mayor Bloomberg, the Manhattan borough president, the local community board, the Reform Action Center of the Reform Movement, as well as members of the JCC board and leaders of the New York Jewish community. [2] [Read Mayor Bloomberg's Speech in Support of the Project] [Watch J Street Deliver our Petition] [Read our statement on the project] [1]"Peace-Seeking Muslims Should Refudiate Sarah Palin," by Jeffrey Goldberg. The Atlantic, July 19, 2010.  [2]"Debate Heats Up About Mosque Near Ground Zero," by Michael Barbaro. The New York Times, July 30, 2010. Read More...

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J Street Urges President Abbas to Agree to Direct Talks with Strong US Engagement

August 2nd, 2010

J Street calls on Palestinian President Abbas to respond to the calls of the international community and to agree to immediately resume direct peace negotiations with Israel. J Street supports US efforts to move toward negotiations in which Israel and the Palestinians are direct participants, and in which the US plays an active and sustained role. Read More...

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Standing Tall for Our Values

August 2nd, 2010

UPDATE: In under 24 hours, we collected over 10,000 signatures in support of religious freedom!  J Street delivered the signatures to the Landmarks Preservation Commission ahead of its crucial vote on the Cordoba House - and we were pleased to see that the commission unanimously voted in favor of the project's construction.  Read More...

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Statement on Cordoba House Controversy

July 30th, 2010

The principle at stake in the Cordoba House controversy goes to the heart of American democracy and the value we place on freedom of religion. Should one religious group in this country be treated differently than another? We believe the answer is no. Read More...

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J Street Responds to Garrett - Ros-Lehtinen Iran Letter

July 26th, 2010

J Street released the following statement regarding the Garrett - Ros-Lehtinen letter on Iran currently circulating in the House, which criticizes the United States' response to Iran's nuclear program. Read More...

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New J Street TV Ad Sets Sestak's Record on Israel Straight

July 20th, 2010

J Street announced the launch of a new television advertisement in response to recent right-wing attacks on pro-Israel, pro-peace Members of Congress - in particular Congressman Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania. Read More...

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