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child care provisions with
"block grants." Child care
programs funded in this way
would lack the strict church-
state limitations that most
Jewish groups see as critical.
The American Jewish Com-

mittee and the National
Council of Jewish Women —
aided by several major labor
unions — have used the
August recess to advocate
strongly their support for an
unamended HR-3.

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Torture Convention Is
State Dept. Priority

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The Senate has scheduled
hearings for later this month
on ratification legislation for
the Thrture Convention — a
high priority item for the
State Department, as well as
a number of Jewish groups.
The convention is an inter-
national agreement designed
to officially prohibit the use of
torture by governments.
The State Department has
listed the treaty as a top
priority for this session,
although they have also of-
fered a list of "reservations
and declarations" that in-
clude concerns about whether
the agreement would be en-
forceable domestically.
Although the international
agreement would not have an
immediate practical effect on
governments that currently
employ torture for political
ends, participation by the
world community in this kind
of international agreement

has an- important cumulative
impact, according to Craig
Baab, director of governmen-
tal liaison for the American
Bar Association and a key
player in the Thrture Conven-
tion debate.
"As an example," Baab said,
"look at how we've been able
to use the Helsinki accords to
hammer away at the Soviets
on the issue of human rights.
This has had an important
practical impact on Soviet
Jews."
The problem, Baab said, is
ignorance about the issue and
a degree of "lethargy."
Not at all lethargic in sup-
porting ratification are B'nai
B'rith's International Council
and the American Jewish
Committee, in coalition with
groups like Amnesty Interna-
tional, the Armenian
Assembly and the American
Bar Association.

Jews Wary . Of Jackson
As Mayor, President

These are dog days indeed
for Mayor Marion Barry of
Washington, days of oppor-
tunity for Jesse Jackson and
days of perplexity for those
Jewish Democrats whose
worst nightmare is another
Jackson run for the White
House.
Recently, Jackson establish-
ed official residence in
Washington just in time to
qualify for the mayoral race.
But Jackson indicated that
he would never challenge
Barry, a longtime ally who
has been under pressure to
step aside because of a succes-
sion of scandals.
Recently, Barry filed for his
fourth term, an action that
apparently foiled Jackson's
plans.
But maybe not; some
Jackson confidants here have
been suggesting that Barry's
problems, which intensified
last week with new allega-
tions that the mayor had
smoked crack cocaine, may
provide Jackson with an
opening.
Officially,
Jewish
Democratic leaders are stay-
ing clear of the fray. But
privately, there is intense
speculation about what all

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