April 21, 2017

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JAC Member Lois Franks meets with Georgia  House Candidate Jon Ossoff (GA-6).
Week In Review Commentary
President Donald Trump's approval ratings are the lowest of any president since Gallup began presidential approval surveys in 1953. This strong anti-Trump sentiment has given Democrats hope to capture Health and Human Secretary Tom Price's open congressional seat in Georgia. Voter turnout exceeded expectations, pushing Democratic Jon Ossoff to a run-off on June 20th. Every vote counts. 

He will face anti-choice GOP candidate Karen Handel, who is obsessed with defunding Planned Parenthood.  She was an executive for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and was responsible for the group's decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood and its cancer screening programs. Ossoff will defend women's access to contraception and a woman's right to choose. He will fight to protect Planned Parenthood funding.

Ossoff, who is Jewish, has visited Israel several times."I am committed to Israel's security as a homeland for the Jewish people and to strengthening the historic, unbreakable bond between the U.S. and Israel," he said.

JAC has thrown its support behind Ossoff. The Democrats can take this anti-choice GOP seat, which was also formally held by Newt Gingrich, but it will not be easy. The GOP and extreme, conservative groups will be pouring millions of dollars into this race. We need Ossoff in Congress. He will be a strong advocate for JAC's issues. Jon Ossoff needs your support.  Donate today.

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Haley Says Iran, Not Israel, Bears Blame for Middle East Crisis

In her first session holding the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley tried to turn the spotlight from Israel to Iran, the latest target of the Trump administration's tough talk. It wasn't easy. Haley has encouraged nations attending the quarterly open meeting on "the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question" to tackle Tehran's role in Yemen and Syria and its support for Hezbollah, topics she sees as more central to the theme of Middle East peace.  
New York Times Amends Op-ed Amid Outcry Over Palestinian Terrorist's Incomplete 'Résumé'

A day after convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti wrote a New York Times op-ed that omitted his crimes and terrorist organization membership and sparked scathing rebuke from the international community, the newspaper added a brief editor's note acknowledging the murder and terror-related convictions that led to his imprisonment.  The article - in which the Times referred to Barghouti as a "Palestinian leader and parliamentarian" - was slammed by Israeli officials and Jewish leaders in the United States and elsewhere.  Barghouti, who used the Times as a platform to accuse Israel of conducting "mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners," was convicted in June 2004 for killing five people.
Tensions Rise as Palestinians Jailed in Israel Launch Hunger Strike

The Israelis say the strike is not about living standards. It's about politics, the Israelis insist: a battle for leadership within the Palestinian Authority over who might replace Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas when the time comes. The issue is an emotional one for both sides. To Palestinians, the prisoners are political fighters tried by a foreign entity and held in foreign jails; to Israelis, they are terrorists with Israeli blood on their hands. As the hunger strike goes on, both sides fear an eruption of violence should one of the prisoners die. 
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Neo-Nazi Website Unleashed Internet Trolls Against a Jewish Woman, Lawsuit Says

The Southern Poverty Law Center is taking aim at neo-Nazis in a rare lawsuit accusing an online publisher of urging anonymous Internet trolls to unleash a torrent of anti-Semitic slurs and harassment against a Jewish real estate agent in Montana.
Sean Spicer Is Dangerous - Whether He's Malevolent Or Incompentant 

Quite separate from the question of whether White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer deserves firing over his Holocaust comments, these comments say much more than he's in over his head. They tell us, at the very least, that he is utterly clueless about the experience of a minority targeted with genocide, and that he is wholly in an insular white-male-dominated conservative space in which it's easy to be so clueless. 
How Cable News Keeps Getting It Wrong About Abortion and Reproductive Rights

A 12-month-long Media Matters study of evening cable news programs found that discussions of abortion, reproductive rights, and reproductive health were heavily dependent on male speakers and anti-choice misinformation. In particular, Media Matters found that men were participants in 60 percent of conversations about abortion and reproductive rights, and that 64 percent of statements about abortion that aired during this time period were inaccurate.
The Most Outrageous Abortion Legislation Of The Last Month

Keeping up with the many abortion-related bills working through state legislatures right now can be dizzying, particularly since President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence took office vowing to push forward an anti-abortion agenda, emboldening lawmakers who would like to see reproductive rights stripped away. In the first month of 2017 more than 167 anti-choice bills were introduced at the state level (71 percent, it should be noted, by white Republican men).
Cancer Survivors Share How Planned Parenthood Saved Their Lives

There's been a lot of talk about defunding Planned Parenthood since Trump took office (and even before that). But most of the debate surrounding whether Planned Parenthood should or should not receive government funding hinges on the organization performing abortions - which is only one of the many important services the organization offers to communities in need.  Planned Parenthood has also been a saving grace for uninsured people to get necessary, and sometimes life-saving, cancer screenings and treatments. 
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Supreme Court, with Gorsuch, Set to Hear Church-State Case

Justice Gorsuch's first week on the Supreme Court bench features an important case about the separation of church and state that has its roots on a Midwestern church playground. The outcome could make it easier to use state money to pay for private, religious schooling in many states. For a full transcript of opening oral arugments, click here.
Religious Imposition Proponents Find an Ally in the White House

As a wave of laws allowing businesses and individuals claiming "religious objections" to avoid complying with civil rights laws sweeps the country, President Donald Trump appears to have quietly installed ardent supporters of so-called religious freedom on "beachhead" teams in various departments. Reportedly among those hires at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is Paula Stannard, who has worked to undermine the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit. HHS in particular could help impose religious barriers on health care by issuing new directives loosening, changing, or altogether rolling back the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act.
A Majority Of Americans Oppose Carrying Guns In Public

A new study finds that most people, including gun owners, support limits on bringing firearms into places such as schools and college campuses. The study, by a group of leading public health researchers, found that at least 64 percent of those surveyed do not support carrying guns at college campuses, in places of worship, government buildings, schools, bars, or sports stadiums. Even among gun owners, a majority did not approve of guns in bars or in schools. The new findings  are the latest in a set of studies that are painting the most definitive portrait of American attitudes toward gun policy and ownership in two decades.  
Georgia Is Trying To Block Newly Registered Voters From Taking Part In Fierce Runoff Election

Five civil rights and civic engagement groups have filed suit against Georgia and its secretary of state for attempting to block registered voters from participating in a closely watched runoff election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. Election officials contend that the June runoff is simply a continuation of the special election this week, so they don't have to allow newly registered voters to participate. The registration deadline for Tuesday's election was March 20, and officials say anybody who registers after that day is not eligible to vote in the June runoff.
Judge Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Company Can Keep Spill Risks Secret From the Public

Despite concerns that the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline could threaten the primary source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux, a federal judge ruled that the pipeline's developer can keep some information about spill risks secret from the public. The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes had argued that information about spill risks could potentially strengthen their case for more environmental review of the project.
Trump's Got a Big Millennial Problem

In 2015, millennials became the largest voting bloc in the nation, overtaking baby boomers. And, despite the hype, millennials are voting. Even more, they are protesting and organizing and making their voices heard. Trump drew more millennials than had been expected, he still only won one-third of young voters. 
No, Mr. President, You Can't Do What You Want

Two issues are paramount in American politics. The first is whether President Trump will get away with his arrogant dismissal of the public's right to a transparent government free of corrupting conflicts of interest. The second is whether those who would hold him to account remain focused, mobilized and determined. There are many reasons to stand against Trump, but the one that should take precedence - because it is foundational for decent governance - is his autocratic assumption that he is above the expectations that apply to us normal humans.  
GA Congressional Candidate Jon Ossoff's GOP Opponent Made Her Name Destroying Reputation of Susan G. Komen 

The Georgia special election is widely seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump, but it's also a referendum on the anti-science, anti-sex, anti-woman Christian conservatism that the GOP  continues to peddle, presented by Vice President Pence and GOP nominee Karen Handel. She was largely seen as being responsible for the Komen Foundation's decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood for mammograms and other breast cancer-related services. Handel is someone who blew up the reputation of her employer in order to pander to the Christian fundamentalists who see breast cancer as the "wages of sin" coming to a woman who chooses abortion. 
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Allied Forces Knew About Holocaust Two Years Before Discovery of Concentration Camps, Secret Documents Reveal

The Allied Powers were aware of the scale of the Jewish Holocaust two-and-a-half years earlier than is generally assumed, and had even prepared war crimes indictments against Adolf Hitler and his top Nazi commanders.  Newly accessed material from the United Nations - not seen for around 70 years - shows that as early as December 1942, the US, UK and Soviet governments were aware that at least two million Jews had been murdered and a further five million were at risk of being killed, and were preparing charges. Despite this, the Allied Powers did very little to try and rescue or provide sanctuary to those in mortal danger. 
The Last Word
"Let's show what it means when we say that we have more in common than we have apart. That we reject fear and scapegoating and division. That we chose to love one another and to make this happen."

Democratic Candidate Jon Ossoff (GA-6)


JACII Presents: Personal to Policy, Understanding Women's Reproductive Rights
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April 24th @ 7 PM
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