January 15, 2021
What's On Our Mind

A personal reflection by Hollis Wein
JAC Communications/Research

It was 1988. I had just arrived back home in Washington, D.C. after my first presidential campaign, the losing campaign of Michael Dukakis. My colleagues and I poured our hearts and soul into that campaign. We travelled the country, slept on floors, and knocked on doors.

It was a crushing defeat, but we were energized by the opportunity to effect change, to see America up close and personal, and to play a part in our great democratic process.

When inauguration day came, I, along with several friends, went to the Capitol grounds for George H. W. Bush’s swearing-in. We went because we could. As an American, it was one of my proudest moments to stand there.

No one asked about my political party. No one chased me away. No one shouted me down. There were no armed troops and vehicles in the street, and there was no fear of violence. I stood with other Americans to witness one of the most unique parts of our democracy — the peaceful transfer of power.

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National Memorial for Those Lost to Covid-19
Light a candle and join in with President-elect Biden & Vice President-elect Harris as the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is lit up to honor those lost to the virus.
Tuesday, January 19
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Special Call with Jason Segal of the ADL: Moving Forward After the Attack on Our Democracy 
Friday, January 22
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Special Call with Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), member of the House Committee on Homeland Security
Wednesday, February 3
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi quoted an Israeli poet to urge removal of Trump. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) brought his favorite Jewish treats in a Zabar's bag to the impeachment hearings. In a new series, Chef Michael Solomonov brings Israel to U.S. homes.
The Last Word
"We will not be intimidated, we will not be beaten, and we will stand up and be strong. Those people who tried to derail our democracy failed, and they will always fail. We will fight back.”

- Jason Crow (D-CO)
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