October 7, 2016
Hamilton Cast Wants YOU to Vote

From l to r: Lisa Lavin, Dana Gordon and
IN Sen. candidate Evan Bayh.

From l to r: Marcia Melamed, Director of Illinois Women for Hillary Kimberly Walz, Judy Stone, Betsy Brint and
Jackie Epstein ready to get out the vote for Hillary.

JAC was busy registering new voters this week.

From l to r: Wendy Apple, Claire Levenberg, and
Kathy Emanuel phonebanking for Hillary.

Michigan Membership Meeting
MI Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters
Rep. Sander Levin (MI-9)
October 10th
11:30 am
Home of Roz Blanck  


For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847.433.5999 or info@jacpac.org

Lunch with Nancy Pelosi 
Steve Santarsiero 
candidate for U.S. Congress
October 8
Haverford, PA
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Evening with
Dr. Madeleine Albright & Rick Bayless  
supporting the
Hillary Victory Fund 
October 10
Frontera Grill
Chicago, IL
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Reception with
Rep. Jan Schakowsky 
Brad Schneider 
Candidate for U.S. Congress (IL-10)
October 13
Evanston, IL
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Reception with
Rep. Cheri Bustos 
Brad Schneider
Candidate for IL-10 
October 19
address available upon RSVP
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For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847.433.5999 or info@jacpac.org
Clinton/Kaine -- The Pro-Choice Team
Roe v. Wade "is the touchstone of our reproductive freedom, the embodiment of our most fundamental rights, and no one - no judge, no governor, no Senator, no President - has the right to take it away." 
Hillary Clinton

"We support the constitutional right of American women to consult their own conscience, their own supportive partner, their own minister, and make their own decision about pregnancy."  
Tim Kaine
Trump/Pence -- The Anti-Choice Team
"I long for the day that Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history."  -- Mike Pence
There should be "some sort of punishment for women" who have abortions." -- Donald Trump

Meet the Candidate
NH Sen. Candidate Gov. Maggie Hassan

Popular Gov. Maggie Hassan is facing incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte who recently said that Donald Trump is a role model for children. 

Ayotte is fiercely  anti-choice and opposed the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit and dismissed it as "not a women's rights issue."  She has also said that Roe v Wade should be overturned. Ayotte has voted six times to block people from accessing birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers.

Hassan has said that she "will always fight to protect a woman's right to make her own health decisions, and to safely and affordably access health care." She has pledged to always stand up for women's health as a Senator.

Hassan will be a strong advocate for the U.S.-Israel relationship. "We are and we must always be Israel's strongest and most dependable ally."

USA Today has described this race is one of a handful across the nation that could help determine control of the Senate, and it is "arguably the tightest of the bunch." 

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Israel & the Middle East
Real Lesson of Yom Kippur War? Israel's Survival
Forty years ago this week, Egyptian and Syrian troops attacked the state of Israel  on Yom Kippur.  Despite Israel's ultimate military success, the war was interpreted by many as something close to a defeat for the Jewish state.  On this 40th anniversary of the 1973 war, Israel is the only state in the region we can feel confident will still be there, under its present system of government, on the occasion of the 50th.

Biden: Peres was 'the Conscience and Soul' of Israel
At a national memorial service held at the largest Conservative synagogue in Washington, Joe Biden compared Israel's elder statesman to America's founding fathers and encouraged Israelis and the Jewish community to carry on his legacy of pursuing peace. During the speech, Biden referred to himself as a "Zionist" and recalled a time earlier in his career when he was criticized for identifying himself as such. "You don't have to be a Jew to be a Zionist," he said.

New UN Chief Guterres 'a Friend of Israel'
Incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been and will always be a friend of Israel, former Israeli officials who have met with him told The Jerusalem Post . Following a visit to Israel, Guterres remained in close contact with former president Shimon Peres and former prime minister Ehud Barak.

Saudi Arabia Unblocks Online Access to 'The Jerusalem Post'
After years without reliable verification, a Saudi Arabian journalist confirmed on Monday that Saudis can now access The Jerusalem Post online from inside the Kingdom. A reader in Saudi Arabia also wrote on Twitter on Monday that he can now access the site from there on his mobile device.
Anti-Semitism & BDS
Does Rising Anti-Semitism Justify More Security Funding?
Citing a growing threat to Jewish institutions, advocates for Jewish groups are asking Congress to increase funding for a federal security grant program that almost exclusively benefits Jewish charities. The effort comes amid signals that the federal program, which has drawn criticism, has now achieved a new level of acceptance in Washington.

Anti-Semitism at My University, Hidden in Plain Sight
My fellow activists tend to dismiss the anti-Semitism that students like me experience regularly on campus. They don't acknowledge the swastikas that I see carved into bathroom stalls, scrawled across walls or left on chalkboards. They don't hear students accusing me of killing Jesus. 
Reproductive Rights
Abortion Finally Gets a Mention During V.P. Debate
Reproductive rights finally had its moment in the final 10 minutes of the first and only vice presidential debate between Virginia's Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and Indiana's Republican Gov. Mike Pence. The two politicians were asked to outline their views and to "discuss a time" when they had to balance their personal faith with a public policy decision.
Oklahoma Supreme Court Throws Out Abortion Law
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously overturned a law that would have imposed numerous restrictions on abortion providers, including new criminal penalties for anyone helping a minor evade the requirement for parental consent.

5 Voices on the Hyde Amendment's 40th Anniversary
The Hyde Amendment, the legislative rider that bans federal funds from being used for abortion care, turned 40 this week. It has been attached to every annual appropriations bill since 1976, and has impacted millions of women.
Separation of Religion & State
Religion and State Surfaces in VP Debate Over Abortion
I wish we didn't so often discuss abortion rights in the context of religion. We're not a Christian nation, much less a Catholic or evangelical one. Why should women's rights have to pass through the eye of a theological needle? 
Beyond the Core
GOP Obstruction Undermines High Court,  By Barack Obama 
This week, the Supreme Court returned to work. The Justices will hear important cases on issues ranging that are fundamental to our democracy. Republicans have forced the Court to weigh these pivotal issues one Justice short of the Court's full panel of nine. In a city of self-inflicted wounds, this one is more dangerous and less defensible than most.

North Carolina's Voter ID Law Still a Problem
Many voting rights activists breathed a sigh of relief this year when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit overturned numerous provisions of North Carolina's 2013 election law such as the strict voter ID requirement. But the court did not strike down the removal of the straight-ticket option from North Carolina ballots.

Abusive Partners Bullied 4.5 Million Women with Guns
A firearm doesn't have to go off to play a critical role in domestic violence. The least understood aspect of the role of guns in abusive relationships is also the most pervasive. An estimated 4.5 million women in the U.S. have been bullied or coerced with a firearm by an intimate partner. Another 1 million have survived a gunshot wound.

Joe Biden Crashes a College Party for an Important Mission
Vice President Joe Biden has a bit of a reputation as a fun-loving party animal. So when Adam Devine needed a crime-fighting partner for an undercover operation at a college party, he knew just who to call. A new video features Biden and Devine crashing frat parties to help get the word out about sexual assault on campus.
Political Byte
Gary Johnson Has More Paper Endorsements than Trump
Donald Trump appears likely to garner fewer endorsements from newspaper editorial boards than any other major party nominee in modern history. Among the nation's 100 largest newspapers by paid circulation, not a single editorial board has sided with Trump. Even Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson has earned more support. 

The Year of Disinformation
Mike Pence's personal disinformation campaign is part of something much bigger this year. Political campaigns have always peddled bogus rumors and told lies in hopes that their mendacity will take root and hobble their opponents. But in campaign 2016, these disinformation efforts have become rampant, thanks to traditional media.

Why Clinton, Trump Should Brace for Hurricane Matthew
Hurricanes mean high winds, storm surges and destruction. Disasters can shape and ruin political careers. Hillary Clinton certainly understands the importance of disaster relief, having been the junior senator from New York on 9/11 and a leader in fighting for aid for the region as well as for health benefits for first responders. 

Planned Parenthood's $30 Million Ground War
Planned Parenthood is mounting one of the largest door-to-door field campaigns of the 2016 election, working to persuade millions of voters to defeat the extremist, anti-abortion ticket of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Its army of hundreds of paid staff and thousands of volunteers could tip the balance in as many as half-a-dozen swing state.

'Atlantic' Endorses Hillary
For the third time since the magazine's founding, the magazine endorsed a candidate for president. Hillary Rodham Clinton has more than earned, through her service to the country as first lady, as a senator from New York, and as secretary of state, the right to be taken seriously as a White House contender. She is among the most prepared candidates ever to seek the presidency. 

Clinton-Kaine is a Pro-Israel Ticket
If there was ever a time to put country before party, this is the time. Republican nominee Donald Trump's odious brand of politics should be anathema to all Americans, and especially to Jews, who for so many years have been victims of the ignorance and bigotry mainstreamed by demagogues like Trump. 

Why Progressives Should Vote for Hillary Clinton
The Nation endorses Hillary Clinton for president and believes that a substantial victory by her in November is essential to advance the progressive issues we have long championed. Given the perils facing our country and our planet, we believe that Trump's election would be a catastrophe for the United States--and for the world. A big win by Clinton creates an opening for change.

Empire Cast Endorses Hillary Clinton in New Ad
The cast of the hit show Empire voiced their support for Hillary Clinton Wednesday in a video endorsing the Democratic presidential nominee. The spot features the actors pondering the stakes of the 2016 election before offering Clinton their approval.
Trump Watch
Trump, Pence Insulting and Dangerous to Women
Donald Trump is turning American political norms upside down in many ways, and the way he treats women is no exception. But the obviousness of Trump's sexism is also what makes it dangerous. Trump is threatening to shift the center of gravity of what we consider "sexism" and lower our expectations for what counts as an attack on women.

Trump's Obamacare Attacks Show He's Not Serious 
If you want a case study in why Donald Trump isn't serious about governing -- and how that attitude is typical of the Republican Party generally -- take a close look at the conversation about Obamacare that's unfolding in the presidential campaign right now.

Trump: Past Insults About Women Were For 'Entertainment'
Donald Trump on Wednesday chalked up his long history of making insulting comments about women to entertainment. "You know, you're in the entertainment business. You're doing 'The Apprentice.' You have one of the top shows on television. And you say things differently for a reason," Trump said.
VP Biden Pays Tribute to Former JAC President Betsy Sheerr 
Vice President Biden called Betsy Sheerr a friend and ally during a video tribute to her at a recent JAC luncheon in her honor.  "You've played such a critical role in strengthening our relationship with Israel and fighting for equal rights for women everywhere in the world," he said. 

Jerusalem Post 50 Most Influential Jews
Number one on the list is Israeli-American media titan and billionaire businessman, Haim Saban. He is one of the closest people to Hillary Clinton. He is not only contributing large sums of money to her campaign, but is also on a mission - to explain to Israelis and American Jews that the Hillary is the right person to serve as president and not just for America.

Prince Charles Secretly Visited Family Grave in Jerusalem
The British royal took advantage of his attendance at Peres funeral to stop by burial site of paternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, on Mount of Olives.  Battenberg, who saved a Jewish family during the Holocaust, was interred in the late 1980s.

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