June 4, 2021
What's On Our Mind ...

On January 21, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old high school student from Chicago, marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. One week later, Hadiya was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago.

Soon after, Hadiya’s friends decided to commemorate her life by wearing orange, the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others.

Her friends turned this into a yearly national day of action — Wear Orange Day — on the first Friday of June, which is today.

No other country in the world has this type of gun violence. Fifty-eight percent of American adults have experienced gun violence in their lifetime. Approximately three million American children witness gun violence every year1.

With pandemic restrictions easing, mass shootings and gun violence have increased. There have been 242 mass shootings so far in 20212.

The prevalence of guns in our communities has also contributed to this deadly problem. We are seeing record gun sales. During the pandemic, people who already had guns bought more, and people who never owned one bought them, too.

The recent Florida shootout between police and 12-year-old and 14-year-old, who were armed, further underscores the desperate situation we face.

There are solutions that would significantly save lives such as requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and bump stocks, and temporarily restricting access to guns for individuals who are at risk of harming themselves or others.

President Joe Biden is committed to ending gun violence but he needs Congress to support those efforts. Help JAC elect candidates who will work side-by-side with the President to get the job done.

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Upcoming Events
Special Event for Current Members Only
Congressional Update with
Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL)
Co-Chair, House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
Wednesday, June 23rd
6:00 pm ET | 5:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm PT
Candidate Events
Special In Person Illinois Event Sponsored by JAC Next Gen
also available on Zoom
Reception in Support of
Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA)
House Judiciary Committee,
House Committee on Education and Labor, and
Vice Chair, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
Friday, June 11th
12:00 pm ET | 11:00 am CT | 9:00 am PT
Glencoe, IL
Instagram of the Week
June 1, 2021 Today marks the beginning of Pride Month. What started out as a commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising every June 28th, has turned into a month long celebration honoring the LGBTQ+ community and the impact it has had on our history and culture. Although the world has become a more tolerant place since Stonewall, members of the LGBTQ+ community still face significant discrimination. We stand with the LGBTQ+ communities as friends and allies. Please call your Senators at (202)-224-3121 and urge them to Pass the Equality Act and protect the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination.

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In the News
Meet Isaac Herzog -- Israel's new President. If Israel's new government is sworn in, it will break many records for diversity. Although a new coalition government will be taking control, government policy may not shift dramatically.
Jewish groups, with the support of Jewish First Gentleman Doug Emhoff, across America are pushing the White House to help counter antisemitism. Elie Wiesel's son Elisha Wiesel is issuing a call to Jews to 'stand up for ourselves.' The ADL is calling on Facebook to crack down on antisemitic hate on its platform.
The Supreme Court's decision to hear Mississippi's abortion case presents unique dangers for the survival of reproductive rights. Amid the challenge to Roe v. Wade, there has been new attention on abortion pill dispensing. Many corporations that have recently been outspoken on other issues have remained silent on abortion.
The Supreme Court is slated to release a pivotal decision affecting the LGBTQ+ community and adoption. Christian billionaires are funding the push to kill the Equality Act. High school football coaches in Ohio were placed on leave for forcing a Jewish player to consume pork as a punishment.
Not making people wait in line at the polls is the voting reform that could have the greatest impact. Officials in San Jose are pushing for gun insurance laws after a recent mass shooting. Experts are warning that climate change could pose a great risk to global financial stability. Learn more about the six reasons behind COVID vaccine hesitancy.
Facebook recently announced that the U.S. is the top target for disinformation globally. Democratic leaders are taking a more aggressive stance towards Senate Democrats that support the filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) should learn from former Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) attempts to change the filibuster rules several years ago.
White House science advisor Eric Lander was sworn in on a Pirkei Avot published in 1492. Dive into Dr. Anthony Fauci's emails from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough is the most liked politician in the Senate -- even as she makes tough calls.
The Last Word
"The filibuster is not a bad idea, but voting rights and civil rights are better ideas."

- Rep. Greg Stanton (D-AZ)
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