November 10, 2017

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) with JAC Member Stephanie Victor and Executive Director Marcia Balonick

JAC Members Gary and Nancy Gordon hosted a fundraiser for Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

Week In Review Commentary
Refusing to remain silent and still,  women are flexing their political muscle in new, energetic ways. A record number of women are running for every office across the country.

Voters elected history-making women to many offices Tuesday night, including the first transgender woman, the first female African-American lieutenant governor, Seattle's first lesbian mayor, and the first black woman mayor of Charlotte, N.C. 

The countless hours women worked on the ground canvassing, phone banking, donating, and supporting women candidates made a difference. Women also voted in record numbers. All these things together lead to victory.

Tuesday night offered us a glimmer of hope, but not a sign that our job is done. The road to 2018 will not be easy. There are 23 Democratic Senators up for re-election. Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who is running for the Senate in Nevada, and Democrat Doug Jones, who is running in Alabama's special election next month, offer us excellent opportunities to gain Senate seats. 

Jacky will be the  first Jewish woman elected from Nevada and only the third Jewish woman in history to serve in the Senate.

Most candidates face opponents who will be funded with dark money and alt-Right resources. JAC candidates need your financial support.  Call the JAC office at 847-433-5999 to make a donation.

We have seen the power of women to make a difference. Together let's keep the momentum going.


Make a donation today to the Senate campaign of Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) by calling the JAC office at 847-433-5999.

Make GOTV calls for Doug Jones (The Alabama special election is Dec 12). You can do these calls from home. We will provide you with more info at a later date.

Talk with your friends and family about the issues and encourage them to  join JAC.


Take Action
Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing
 on Bump Stocks Tuesday, Nov. 14
Call These Senators
Tell Them to Support a Ban on Bump Stocks
Judiciary Chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley (R - IA) (202) 224-3744S

Senator John Kennedy (R - LA)
 (202) 224-4623

Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R - UT) 
(202) 224-5251

Senator Lindsey Graham (R - SC)
 (202) 224-5972

Senator John Cornyn (R - TX) 
(202) 224-2934

Senator Michael S. Lee (R - UT) 
(202) 224-5444

Senator Ted Cruz  (R - TX) 
(202) 224-5922

Senator Ben Sasse (R - NE)
 (202) 224-4224

Senator Jeff Flake (R - AZ) 
(202) 224-4521

Senator Mike Crapo (R - ID) 
(202) 224-6142

Senator Thom Tillis (R - NC) 
(202) 224-6342

  • Allows semi-automatic weapons to be converted to fully automatic weapons
  • Bump stocks enable a weapon to fire 400-800 rounds a minute
  • Bump stocks would have been banned under legislation introduced by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) after the Sandy Hook shooting; the bill failed
What the Political Turmoil in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon Means for Israel

What is MBS? Why did Lebanon's prime minister resign - and why in Saudi Arabia? What's Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is Jared Kushner in all this?  What does it all mean for Israel? It's been a busy week in the Middle East.  
Iranian Control of Kurdish Mountain Poses Serious Threat to Israel

Iranian control of a strategically significant Kurdish area near the border between Iraq and Syria represents a grave security threat to Israel, according to a senior Kurdish security official. "If you control the mountain, you can control the area," the Kurdish official said. "Iran can launch an attack on Tel Aviv, and it now has a clear corridor through which to supply its other proxies, like Hezbollah."
Congressional Panel Considers Jerusalem Embassy Move

A congressional panel heard testimony on whether the United States should move its Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem. The hearing Wednesday by the national security subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee was not attached to any bill. It was geared to make the case that Trump should announce a move before Dec. 1, the next deadline to waive the 1995 law.
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Anti-Semitic Bullying Now Reaching To Early Grades  

According to a new report, anti-Semitic incidents have risen sharply over the past year, with the biggest increase taking place at schools. Victims as young as 10 are being bullied with swastika graffiti and threats that they would be "burned like they did in the Holocaust." 
From Kristallnacht To Trump  

When we speak of WWII, we often focus on a story beginning in 1939 and ending in 1945. Looking at history in such a limited scope is counterproductive to learning from the past.  Hitler did not introduce anti-Semitism into Europe.  What Hitler did was change anti-Semitism from religious and cultural prejudice to racism.
Notre Dame Reverses Decision to End No-Cost Contraceptive Coverage 

The insurance company used by employees at Notre Dame will keep a plan with contraceptive coverage with no co-pay.  "Recognizing the plurality of religious & other convictions among its employees, it will not interfere with the provision of contraceptives that will be administered and funded independently of the University."  The university had previously said it would stop coverage Jan. 1.
The GOP Tax Plan is an Anti-Adoption Recipe for Abortion

The link between more adoptions and fewer abortions is probably a matter of common sense for most of us. In a GOP bill that rewards some choices and discourages others, it is disheartening to find antiabortion congressmen opting to discourage parents from adopting children.  
The Worrisome Future of Abortion Rights

Since last November, it has become another country: Sheriff Joe Arpaio territory, under rules designed to satisfy the Little Sisters of the Poor. The administration has unleashed its anti-abortion fury on the most vulnerable among us, unaccompanied minors, pregnant and alone, who are here only because they had the gumption or desperation to flee something even worse.   
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Alabama State Official Defends Roy Moore, Citing Joseph and Mary: 'They Became Parents of Jesus'

An Alabama state official on Thursday dismissed a Washington Post report  alleging that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore had initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl decades ago, saying there was an age gap between the biblical Joseph and Mary. The Post also alleged that Moore had pursued three others when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.
How the Trump Administration Has Impacted the Environment Since the 2016 Election
According to an analysis, the Trump administration has "sought to reverse more than 50 environmental rules." Of these, 25 rules have been overturned, 19 rollbacks are in progress, and 8 rollbacks are in limbo.  Notable changes include Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement and approving the Dakota and KeyStone XL pipelines.
Senate Dems Introduce Bill to Ban Assault Weapons, Bump Stocks
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA) and other Democrats introduced legislation that would ban assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines and bump stocks, devices that can be used to make semi-automatic rifles fire faster.  The bill would require a background check on any future trade or sale of an assault weapon, require any guns grandfathered under the bill to be securely stored and prohibit transferring high-capacity magazines.
Sens. Flake (R-AZ), Heinrich (D-NM) Introduced Bill to Close Domestic Violence Loophole in Military
Devin Kelly, the gunman who killed 26 people in Texas was court-martialed for assaulting his then-wife and small stepson, but was still able to purchase firearms because the Air Force failed to report his conviction to a federal database. Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced legislation to clarify that anyone convicted of the charge of domestic violence should not be able to purchase firearms. 
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Here Are 5 Jewish Takeaways from Election Day

Virginia over the last couple of decades seems to have transitioned from Republican red to Democratic blue, with the Democrats close to taking the House of Delegates in a result no one anticipated. The influx of blue voters is also a result of a sharp growth in the Jewish population.
One Year Later, the Trump Nightmare is as Horrific as Many of us Imagined

We've been living the nightmare for a year already. None of us knows where it's going, nor for how long. Yet, we are unleashed, finding our way, hitting back and ducking for cover in a new political battlefield. 
Mounting GOP Retirements Threaten House Majority 

A retirement wave has hit House Republicans, emboldening Democrats who have become increasingly bullish about their prospects of winning back a majority in 2018. All told, 29 Republicans will not seek reelection to their House seats, compared to only 11 for Democrats.
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How Sexual Allegations Against Roy Moore Could Transform the Alabama Senate Race 

Republicans weren't supposed to have to worry about Alabama. Yet in the span of a tumultuous afternoon, a low-profile special election became a Republican nightmare that threatens a once-safe Senate seat - and offers a new window into ugly divisions that continue to plague the GOP in the age of President Donald Trump.
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2018 'Jewish Nobel' Goes to Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman is the winner of the 2018 Genesis Prize.  The annual $1 million award honors extraordinary individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through outstanding professional achievement and commitment to Jewish values and people.
Hillary Clinton's Letter to Her Teenage Self is so Powerful

Believe in yourself. You're going to do great. Along the way, you'll get things wrong. You'll make mistakes. Sometimes you'll have to do things you don't love. But you'll muddle through.  
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The Last Word
"And after I had won, everybody was calling me from all over the world. I never knew we had so many countries."

President Donald Trump at State Dinner in Tokyo, Japan
November 6, 2017

JAC 2018 Annual Meeting
Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, March 13th - Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Special Pre-Conference VIP Tour
Monday, March 12th, 2018
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of African American History and Culture

Details to follow


Fundraising Event for 
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL)
featuring special guest Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Friday, November 17, 2017
11:30 am Registration
12:00 pm Luncheon
Stratford on the Park
The Belden-Stratford
2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 
Please RSVP to the JAC office at 847.433.5999

A Reception with  
Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
Candidate for U.S. Senate for Nevada
Monday, Nov. 27th
Chicago, IL
Details to follow

  Talking Points with
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL)

Monday, December 11th
9:15 - 10:45 am
Riverwoods, IL

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