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Toward a new Jewish domestic agenda

If you could talk to the presidential candidates, what would you tell them?

That's the question my friends at JSpot are asking today:

Seventeen men and one woman are seeking the nomination of their parties for President of the United States. In the coming months, they will develop and present their platforms and priorities.

Many Jewish organizations are taking advantage of this opportunity to present their agenda on behalf of the Jewish community. But is their agenda also your agenda?

As American Jews, we have a broad range of priorities. Child Care. Civil Rights. Education. Environment. Health Care. Housing. Immigration. Katrina/Rita. Seniors. Wages...

The plan is simple. Thousands of Jews come together to create a domestic agenda that represents our interests. We send this agenda to every presidential candidate and request a written response. As candidates reply we publicize their views on our websites, via email, and through the press.

If you want to see a presidential campaign where the candidates address your concerns, you have to tell them what you think. Interested? Click here to add your vote.

As American Jews we need to tell our political candidates what matters to us: not just where they stand on "the Israel question," but what stands they're willing to take on critical issues like education, civil rights, the environment, and health care. It's easy to speak out: just click here, select the 5 issues that matter most to you, and provide your name and contact information.

Once the community has had a chance to vote on the issues that matter to us, all seventeen presidential candidates will be sent a copy of the petition, showing what we care about. As candidates reply, we'll keep you posted on what they say.

Think it's time to let our presidential candidates know that American Jews care deeply about domestic issues? Click over and make your voice heard. (And if you have a blog of your own, feel free to reprint some or all of this post. The more, the merrier!)

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