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Energy

"AJC has been a pioneering and dynamic force in energy advocacy."
—Shai Agassi, "Green" Entrepreneur, CEO, Better Place

 

"The high cost of energy is on a lot of Americans' minds these days. When gas gets more expensive, it makes already tough times that much tougher. And as President Obama pointed out last week, while gas prices go up and down, we're going to see more ups than downs over the long run. So I'd like to thank AJC for standing by the President and promoting real, long-term solutions. You've advocated for increased fuel economy standards, renewed investment in alternative-fuel vehicles, and flexible fuel mandates. That's the kind of leadership we need in order to ensure our energy security."
—Bill Daley, White House Chief of Staff

 

"Among the many groups that I have worked with, AJC is by far the most proactive and effective on the issue of energy security."
—Gal Luft, Executive Director, Institute for Analysis of Global Security

 

American Pluralism

"The American Jewish Committee can play an important role in bringing all of us together as one people."
—Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001)

 

"AJC has fought for the core values that make this country great-equality and religious freedom, civil rights and women's issues, a freer, fairer nation."
—Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State

 

"AJC has also been a leading voice in the fight to create an immigration system that better reflects America's highest ideals. I know that protecting immigrants' rights has always been part of your mission. In the beginning of the 20th century, AJC campaigned against the literacy test for immigrants. In the 1920s, you protested harsh immigration quotas. In the 1970s, you supported relief efforts for Indochinese refugees. In the 1980s, you rallied on behalf of Soviet Jews.

"Today, your commitment continues. When the DREAM Act was before Congress last year, AJC wrote letters to both the House and Senate, urging them to give undocumented students the chance to complete their educations and contribute to our country.

"For this effort to have the greatest chance of success, it needs the support of a wide variety of faith groups, including the Jewish community. It needs programs like AJC's "Bridging America Project," which helps build local support for immigration reform. It needs organizations like the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, which AJC is a part of, and which has called on our elected officials to act. And it needs moral leaders, like the ones in this room, to remind us why this issue is so important.

"So on behalf of the President, I'd like to thank you for all the work you've done, and will do, to reform our immigration system."
—Bill Daley, White House Chief of Staff

 

"Your organization as early as 1911 - when few men dared to speak out - launched a campaign in New York State to end the advertisement of discrimination in public accommodations, in recreational resorts and amusement parks. This campaign resulted in the passage in 1913 of a state law which has served as a model for many other states and has thus made possible the extension of dignity for Negroes, Puerto Ricans and other minorities. Dr. Kenneth Clark's research on the damaging psychological effect of prejudice, which was a major part of the evidence put before the Supreme Court and led to the now famous decision of 1954 outlawing racial segregation in public schools, was originally done for the American Jewish Committee."
—Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

"The AJC was the first national organization to support our efforts to rectify the injustice of World War II internment of Japanese Americans."
—Japanese-American Citizens League

 

"I applaud AJC for raising public consciousness of the danger posed by those who espouse words and actions of hate and division."
—John Lewis, U.S. Representative from Georgia and Civil Rights Leader

 

"The American Jewish Committee has played a central and critical role in giving me shoulders to stand on for over 95 years by fighting for the security of the Jewish community in America and around the world, by advocating principles and policies that were not only good for the equality of opportunity of Jewish Americans, but the betterment of the entire American community."
—Joseph Lieberman, U.S. Senator from Connecticut

 

"I have the greatest admiration for AJC's passionate advocacy in fighting to make America the best place that it can be.... I thank AJC for taking a progressive and risk-taking approach in fighting to make the world a safe and better place."
—John Kerry, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts

 

"This great organization occupies a very special place in my heart. You are our country's pioneer human relations organization. Yours is a most impressive record of accomplishments."
—Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States (1981-1989)

 

"I salute the outstanding work of the American Jewish Committee. Your organization is a major force for justice in this country."
—-Janet Reno, U.S. Attorney General (1993-2001)

 

"AJC does a wonderful job of building bridges of understanding."
—Steven Spielberg, Renowned Film-maker

 

"Civil rights are not easily attained, and once attained they are easily lost. The preservation and extension of civil rights will depend in a large measure on such organizations as the American Jewish Committee, which throughout its history has championed the cause of tolerance and in so doing has contributed to strengthening American democracy."
—Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States (1945-1953)

 

Legislative Affairs

"I've been working for many years with AJC on a range of the nation's most vital issues. It's been a very productive relationship."
—Howard Berman, U.S. Representative from California,
Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee

 

"In Washington and around the country, AJC has built a proven track record of determination, desire and advocacy on a range of vital issues."
—Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator from Maryland

 

"I have worked with the American Jewish Committee since I was elected in 1970 to the House and to the Senate in 1976, and I can tell you that AJC has a strong impact on the thinking of Congress, the country, and leaders around the world."
—Paul S. Sarbanes, U.S. Senator from Maryland (1977-2007)

 

"It is clear to me that absent the expertise, well-honed strategies, reliable information, and actionable intelligence provided by AJC and others, little would have been accomplished."
—Chris Smith, U.S. Congressman from New Jersey on AJC's role in the struggle to free Soviet Jews

 

"AJC's extremely intelligent and thoughtful voice has won the deepest respect from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle."
—Gordon Smith, U.S. Senator from Oregon (1997-2009)

 

"AJC made a huge difference by seeking out productive and practical approaches to solving problems."
—Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator from Oregon

 

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