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August 20, 2021

What's On Our Mind ...

This week marked the 101st anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. It was a 72-year effort that began in 1848 after the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY. The convention included a resolution that women should seek the right to vote. 

While women’s right to vote is now enshrined in our nation’s Constitution, women are still being denied access to the ballot box. To date, 18 states have enacted 30 laws that make it harder for Americans — especially women — to vote.

Many of these laws require voters to present ID at the polls. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, one third of all women have documents that do not identically match their current names primarily because of name changes at marriage. Women are constantly being turned away away from the polls because they don’t have precisely the right documents.

These 18 states have been permitted to enact laws contrary to the1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) because a 2013 Supreme Court ruling gutted many of the VRA protections. Today voter suppression laws are being enacted at a record pace continuing to disenfranchise women and minorities.

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-GA) and her House colleagues are trying to change that. Standing on the historically significant Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, AL, where the fight for voting rights reached a violent pinnacle, she introduced the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR4).

HR 4 would again prohibit states and localities with a recent history of voter discrimination from restricting the right to vote. Those states would be subject to federal oversight, as the bill reinstates those requirements of the VRA.

John Lewis said, “Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime.” We therefore we must continue to work harder for voting rights. Resignation is not an option because voting matters.

It was the vote of one Tennessee state representative that decided Tennessee would become the critical 34th state needed to finally ratify the 19th Amendment. 

Every vote counts.

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JAC-member Betsy Sheerr met with Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and delivered JAC support. We are working hard to send Sen. Warnock back to the Senate.

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Betsy Sheerr, Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), & Harriet Schleifer delivered JAC support for Rep. Demings Senate race.


Upcoming Events

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Less than 100 Days 'til the elections in Virginia & New Jersey!

With voter suppression laws being passed across the country, we need first-time voters from 2020 to show up now more than ever. Order your postcards to voters in these key swing states today.

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Breakfast with Sen. Dick Durban (D-IL)

Senate Majority Whip

Thursday, August 26

8:30 am CT


(Zoom link provided following RSVP)


Events for JAC Members

Special Event for Current JAC Members Only

 Discussion on Afghanistan with Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-3)

Former advisor in Afghanistan to Generals Petraeus and Allen.

Tuesday, August 24

3:30 pm ET | 2:30 pm CT | 12:30 pm PT


Special Event for Current JAC Members Only

Virtual Conversation with Shontel Brown

Candidate for OH-11

Brown is running for the seat vacated by Rep. Martha Fudge, who has been appointed Sec. of Housing and Urban Development. 

Tuesday, August 31

3:00 pm ET | 2:00 pm CT | 12:00 pm PT


Save the Date

Conversation with Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5)

Thursday, October 7

Details to follow

Instagram of the Week

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August 17, 2021 JAC calls on our partners to put these myths to rest and take action to ensure our Afghan allies are not retaliated against.

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In the News

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U.S withdrawal from Afghanistan provides an opportunity for Israel to gain more Arab partners in the region. Bennett meets Egyptian diplomats to discuss bilateral ties between the countries. The U.S.-brokered cooperation agreements between Israel and its Arab neighbors turned one year old on Friday. Here's how they're holding up.


An Israeli survey of US universities sees left-leaning groups as a ‘significant’ source of antisemitism. France is the 11th country to boycott a U.N. anti-racism conference over antisemitism fears. The Polish government is deciding whether to continue allowing annual "propaganda" Israeli educational trips to former Nazi death camps.

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House members press the FDA to lift the in-person requirement to get abortion medication. The dispensing rule is "not scientifically based or needed" and limits access to the drug. An anti-abortion group is targeting House and Senate Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. An appellate court ruled that Texas can ban a common form of abortion, signaling a potential Supreme Court fight.


Anti-maskers are raging at school boards from coast to coast. A court ruled that Hobby Lobby violated Illinois anti-discrimination law by denying a transgender employee access to the women’s restroom, which could have nationwide implications. Across the Bible Belt, a region beset by soaring COVID-19 rates, churches are helping and hurting in the campaign to get people vaccinated.

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The Supreme Court will hear arguments on a major Second Amendment case that centers on whether the Constitution guarantees the right to carry guns outside the home. Economists have quantified the risks of climate "tipping points." We're likely underestimating the costs of carbon emissions by a quarter. Democrats have finally identified the greatest threat to voting rights — the Supreme Court.


The vice president is building relationships with a wide array of allies, which she could leverage in the administration — and a future presidential campaign. A humanitarian crisis in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is sparking a debate over what to do about refugees from the war-torn country. The reapportionment process is fairly mundane. That wasn’t always the case, though.

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Here's what we know about Afghanistan’s last Jew who still won’t leave the country. New York’s Jewish Museum will debut an exhibit, featuring prominent pieces of art that were stolen from Jews during the Holocaust. The Paralympics has inspiring Jewish origins, thanks to its founder.

The Last Word

“Today, old battles have become new again as we face the most pernicious assault on the right to vote in generations.”

- Rep. Terri Sewell (D-GA), introducing HR 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act


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