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July 17, 2020 

We were honored to have Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jan Schakowsky join us this week for our Power of Women virtual fundraiser, which also celebrated JAC's 40th year.

Speaker Pelosi praised JAC's contributions over the years. "JACPAC, you not only brought your ideas - it is just a measure of an organization - but your vision, your purpose, and what you know about your subject," she said. "How you have grown, how you have deepened the allegiance to the purpose is just remarkable to behold, and I'm very proud to be girlfriends with all of you."

The Power of Women Lunch raises critical funds so we can support JAC candidates across the country. This year we are working to protect and expand our majority in the House, turn the Senate blue and elect Joe Biden. 

"Civilization as we know it today, the democracy our Founders fought for, (what) our troops scarificed for, that our children depend on - all of it is on the ballot, all of it is at stake," the Speaker said.  

Despite the polls, she urged us all to take these next weeks and months seriously and not to "yield one grain of sand" and not to assume anything.

"Any call anybody makes, any postcard they send...every email whatever it is... everything is what can make the difference," the Speaker said. "No underutilized resources. And so everyday I'm with the 3 Ms: how do we mobilize, how are we getting our message out, and how are we getting the money to do that."

Despite COVID, we can still reach voters through virtual phone banks, texting and postcard writing. ( Click here to get your postcards.)  

Our candidates need your help. You have always stepped up, and we need your help even more this year. ( Donate to JAC candidates.) Those Democrats now holding seats in districts that Trump won are even more vulnerable this year with Trump on the ballot,

"We want a big victory because we want it to be a clear message of change and progress and decency for our country.   The bigger the victory, the more significant the change that we can make," the Speaker said.

This election is your chance to make difference and bring home that life-changing victory. Stay involved with JAC and let's make sure we can celebrate the restoration of our democracy on election eve.  
Monday, July 20
Rep. Jan Schakowsky's 19th Annual
Ultimate Women's Power Lunch
Keynote Speakers Include:
Jill Biden, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico,
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago
12:30 pm
Note invited by JACPAC in the RSVP box
Virtual Events to Support Joe Biden for President

Monday, July 20
Virtual Reception with Jill Biden & MI Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
5:15 pm ET | 4:15 pm CT | 2:15 pm PT

Friday, July 24
Virtual Conversation with Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) & Ted Kaufman (D-DE), and Gov. Ed Rendell
6:00 pm ET | 5:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm PT

**Free Event** 
Monday, July 27
Jewish Women for Joe Summer Book Club
featuring Sara Blake, author of "Naamah"
7:00 pm ET | 6:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm PT
Thursday, July 30
Virtual Climate Change Discussion with Al Gore
1:30 pm ET | 12:30 pm CT | 10:30 am PT
**Low donation event**
Saturday, August 1
Bootcamp for Biden with Rachel Robins
12:00 pm ET | 11:00 am CT | 9:00 am PT

Monday, August 3
Virtual Conversation on Antisemitism with
Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) & Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
moderated by Jason Alexander
8:00 pm ET I 7:00 pm CT I 5:00 PT 
Please note: Login links for Biden for President events are sent out directly by the campaign. 
Watch your inbox for more online events.
Rivlin: Iran, Hezbollah Destabilizing Security; UNIFIL Must Be Empowered

Iran and Hezbollah are working to destabilize Israeli security, President Reuven Rivlin  warned as he visited northern Israel and called for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon to be fully empowered to monitor the situation. "I know that the IDF  is doing everything to prevent attempts to infiltrate, but the Lebanese government, and UNIFIL which assists it, must take responsibility for preventing attempts to cross the border and breaching the calm in this area," Rivlin said.
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Eagles' DeSean Jackson Accepts Holocaust Survivor Edward Mosberg's Invite to Visit Auschwitz 
DeSean Jackson accepted an invitation to visit Auschwitz during a Zoom call Friday with a 94-year-old survivor of a Nazi concentration camp, according to the Jerusalem Post.  The wide receiver was disciplined by the Philadelphia Eagles  for conduct detrimental to the team for his social media posts, which included an anti-Semitic message that he attributed to Adolf Hitler. Jackson was fined. The wide receiver also intends to donate a significant amount to Jewish community efforts.
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Women Can Now Get the Abortion Pill Through the Mail
For the first time ever, U.S. women seeking to terminate a pregnancy using medication abortion will be able to legally obtain the pills through the mail, avoiding the need for an in-person doctor's visit.  A federal court ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration must suspend a rule that requires patients to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain mifepristone, a drug used to terminate pregnancies, during the coronavirus pandemic. 
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Is Evangelical Support for Trump a Contradiction? 

It's well-known that evangelicals are one of Trump's most loyal constituencies, but it's still not clear why. Conventional wisdom says that evangelicals held their noses and voted for Trump purely for pragmatic purposes - the biggest reason being the Supreme Court. They may not like him, the argument goes, but he's a useful political vehicle.  But what if Trump wasn't a trade-off for evangelicals? What if an obsession with manhood and toughness made a figure like Trump the natural fulfillment of their political evolution?
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Inside the White House, a Gun Industry Lobbyist Delivers for His Former Patrons

Michael B. Williams spent nearly two years helping to run a trade group focused on expanding sales of firearm silencers by American manufacturers.
But try as he might, he could not achieve one of the industry's main goals: overturning a ban on sales to private foreign buyers enacted by the State Department to protect American troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Then Mr. Williams joined the Trump administration. On Friday, the State Department lifted the ban, and a longtime industry goal was realized. The change paved the way for as much as $250 million a year in possible new overseas sales for companies that Mr. Williams had championed as general counsel of the American Suppressor Association.
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Takeaways From Tuesday's Primaries: Trump Humiliates Sessions, Senate Battleground Hardens
Jeff Sessions, Trump's first attorney general and the target of his derision over the past three years, got drubbed in Alabama. Trump's former White House physician, Ronny Jackson, won in Texas and is all-but-certain to come to Congress in January.  But the Trump-driven GOP contests weren't the only ones on the ballot. Democrats are on the verge of finalizing their lineup of candidates for their Senate takeover drive, including tapping Sara Gideon to take on Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, one of the top races in the country. Both parties picked nominees in House races that point to their November strategies. And even the GOP's under-the-radar primaries continued to be defined by Trump and his mutable cast of allies.
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Biden Makes Sharp Pivot Toward Latino Vote 

A raft of recent general election polls shows Biden with a solid lead nationwide and in many battleground states. He's already leading among Hispanic voters. But if Biden can get the same level of support and turnout as Hillary Clinton did in 2016 - while continuing to do better than she did among black and white voters - he's all but guaranteed to win the crucial battlegrounds of Florida and Arizona, which would effectively deny President Trump a second term.
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Tough | Joe Biden For President
Tough | Joe Biden For President

Vaccine-Makers' 'No Profit' Pledge Stirs Doubts in Congress
Some of the pharmaceutical companies developing Covid-19 vaccine candidates have pledged to not take a profit.  But neither the companies nor the U.S. government bankrolling a great deal of the vaccine research has defined precisely what forgoing a profit means or how long that will last. And that's feeding skepticism and uncertainty among industry watchers and doubts in Congress about who will end up paying what could be a very large tab.
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7 Jewish Athletes Who Went for Gold
"I'll have you know the first two points scored in the NBA was a Jew," says Adam Sandler in the film Uncut Gems, explaining the important role Jewish people have played in the progression of American pastimes. While often less recognized than their male peers, female Jewish athletes have shaped modern sports, proving they are just as talented as men and advocating for women's involvement in competitions at all levels.  Although we'll have to wait until 2021 for the Tokyo Olympics, why not in the meantime root for these seven Jewish sportswomen?
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The Last Word
"If Ivanka [Trump's] account were to tweet the extreme hypothetical, 'I'm so proud of my father tonight for making the hard decisions; nuclear war is never easy, but we'll win it,' that would ... be problematic."
-- an ex-Twitter employee
Introducing JACII, a JAC group for young professionals, advocates, and those young at heart who are looking to get involved. Groups have started in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Events will feature elected officials and speakers in lively settings. JACII is by and for young people. Now is the perfect time to get involved.

Know someone who would be interested in joining or hosting a meeting? Let us know at We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.

Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a pro-Israel PAC with a domestic agenda. We support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and advocate for reproductive health and the separation of religion and state and incorporate other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including gun violence prevention and climate change. In addition to providing financial support for U.S. Senate and House campaigns, JACPAC educates our membership with outreach events designed to inform and activate their participation in the political process.
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