June 28, 2019
JAC met with Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6).
(l to r: Hollis Wein, Sean Casten, Jacki Parmacek)
JAC met with Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) in Chicago.
(l to r: Sarah Lavin, Kristine Schanbacher, Stella Black,
Zoe Kaufman, Mikie Sherrill, Sydney Box, Carol Harrison,
Taylor Shuman, Hollis Wein)
Week In Review Commentary
This week we saw the horrific scene at our nation's border. It is hard to believe that our country has detained children escaping violence and abuse and allowed them to languish in squalor and unsanitary conditions. There is a lack of clean diapers and clothes for the hundreds of children in U.S. custody. Children are taking care of children.

Psychologists say these children will suffer from i ncreased rates of anxiety, depression and PTSD, as well as heightened risks of suicide and self-harm in the future.

The House and Senate each passed their own $4.6m immigration bill this week. Both bills contained humanitarian aid. However, the Senate bill gave some funds to the Pentagon for border control and did not set standards for care at the detention centers.

The House bill was structured to prevent the misappropriation of funds by ICE. Democrats wanted to ensure that the funds would be used towards improving conditions at detention facilities and extending aid and legal services to migrants.

Generally the chambers meet to work out the differences. This process can be slow. With Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) unwilling to compromise and the GOP controlled-Senate following suit, aid for the children would have been further delayed.

Therefore, for the sake of expediency, the House ultimately passed the bill. The outcome of the immigration bill would have been different with a Democratic Senate. Elections have consequences. Donate and help JAC turn the Senate blue.

"As we pass the Senate bill, we will do so with a Battle Cry as to how we go forward to protect children in a way that truly honors their dignity and worth," Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said.

We know firsthand what happens when people fleeing persecution are turned away. Our democratic and Jewish values demand the we do more. Click here for a way to help asylum seekers.

Netanyahu Reportedly Trying to Undo Israel's Election Redo

Israelis will return to the polls on Sept. 17, less than six months after a general election gave Netanyahu and his right-wing bloc a narrow victory but left them unable to form a new government. Failing to attain a 61-seat majority in Israel's 120-seat parliament, the Knesset, Netanyahu diverged from political custom last month, opting to dissolve the legislature and take the country to another round of elections. 
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Europe's Jews are Resisting a Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is flourishing worldwide. Attacks on Jews doubled in the U.S. from 2017 to 2018, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in New York City. That included the shooting in Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue last October, which killed 11 worshippers. But the trend is especially pronounced in Europe, the continent where 75 years ago hatred of Jews led to their attempted extermination.
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The Long, Cruel History of the Anti-Abortion Crusade
Amid the anti-abortion measures being pushed through state legislatures, consider the mazy history of abortion in the United States. Women, capable of determining and managing their reproductive rights, have been undermined by men in power  before . 
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Senate Confirms Judge Who's So Anti-LGBTQ Even Susan Collins Voted No

The Senate voted to confirm a Trump-appointed federal judge with a long history of anti-LGBTQ statements to a lifetime appointment.  The Senate voted to confirm Matthew Kacsmaryk as the new U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Texas by a 52-46 vote. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican to vote against his confirmation.
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Supreme Court Allows Partisan Districts, Blocks Census Query 
In two politically charged rulings, the Supreme Court dealt a huge blow to efforts to combat the drawing of electoral districts for partisan gain and put a hold on the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
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The 2019 Democratic Debate Shows How Striking It Is to Have More Representation on Stage 
Throughout America's nearly 243-year history, there have only been five women candidates who've participated in a presidential debate, writes advocate Barbara Lee for NBC News. In this cycle alone, there will be six women doing so.
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George Rosenkranz, an Inventor of the Birth Control Pill, Dies at 102
George Rosenkranz, a chemist who synthesized the key ingredient in the birth control pill, has died. Rosenkranz, a Hungary native who immigrated to Cuba to escape the Nazis, died Sunday at his home in Atherton, California, at the age of 102.  He and two Jewish chemists Carl Djerassi, a refugee from Austria, and Luis Miramontes, synthesized the progesterone that was to be used in one of the first two combined oral contraceptive pills.
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.
Tuesday, July 18
JACII Detroit - Abortion Access in Michigan 
State Senator Mallory McMorrow 
The Michigan legislature has passed a ban on a common second semester termination procedure - D&E. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vowed to veto this bill, but it is critical we all know what is at stake in this ongoing fight.

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

The Last Word
"The practices challenged in these cases imperil our system of government. Part of the Court's role in that system is to defend its foundations. None is more important than free and fair elections."

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan in her powerful dissent of the Court's partisan gerrymandering decision. 
Thursday, July 18
JACII Detroit
State Senator Mallory McMorrow
Join us to discuss the fight over abortion access in Michigan
Metro-Detroit Area
Address upon RSVP
Wednesday, July 31
Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA)
Call the JAC office for details

Want to host a JAC event? Contact the office and we will help organize it.
info@jacpac.org or 847.433.5999
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