September 1, 2023

On Our Minds...

Labor day is the unofficial end of summer. We hope that you enjoyed this slower, lazier season with treasured time catching up with family and friends and that you were able to find respite from the record-breaking temperatures that swept across our nation.

At the same time, our country faced the challenges of increased flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes -- all direct consequences of our ever-changing weather patterns that are now becoming the new normal. We are living in dangerous climate times.

Scientists have been tracking these shifts and urgently warning us to take action. Supported by rock-solid evidence, scientists can draw a direct correlation between our lifestyle and the energy we consume to fuel climate change. We bear the responsibility for the damage. But we also have the potential to mitigate it, if not entirely, then at least to slow its progression.

There is so much at stake at this moment from gun violence to abortion rights to combating antisemitism. But we also need a livable planet to be able to address these issues. Combating climate change must be a priority and on our radar, and it is for JAC. We pledged to feature more information in our EZ read about climate change, offer our members opportunities to engage with policy experts, and most importantly, work to elect candidates who will tackle this issue with full force.

Our climate is in complete turmoil and hurtling toward disaster, yet not a single Republican raised their hand when asked whether they believe climate change is caused by humans during their recent Presidential debate. GOP Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy even called climate change "a hoax" and a "wet blanket on our economy."

This week in Florida, Republicans were not spared hurricane Idalia's destruction. Climate change is causing more frequent and fiercer hurricanes. It is oblivious to political affiliation.

JAC proudly supports scientists Reps. Eric Sorensen, Bill Foster, Sean Casten who are using their expertise to create sound environmental policies. President Joe Biden passed the largest bill ever to address climate change. But now we need more Democrats in Congress to expand his plan while we still have the opportunity to save our earth.

Elections have consequences.



Former JAC President Betsy Sheerr with Senate candidate Rep. Elisa Slotkin (D-MI)


Coffee with Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ)

Friday, September 8

10:30 am

Glencoe, IL


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Join us Tuesday, September 5th at 10:30am CT in Highland Park for JAC's Advocacy Committee Meeting (Zoom link available as well). At this meeting we will be planning upcoming events and discussing ways to get more involved in JAC via our new sub-committees in the areas of research, education, communications, events and membership. Please email for the meeting address or Zoom link.

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Tuesday, October 17

Are you attending the

Personal PAC luncheon?

Sit at the JAC table!

Contact the office at 847.433.5999



Sign-up to write postcards!

We will be writing postcards to OH voters urging them to support an amendment that will be on the OH ballot this November which would enshrine abortion protections into their state constitution.

JAC will have postcard campaigns for other states and key races. More details will be provided.

Please sign-up for postcard writing here. 

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Phone Banking

Sign-up to call Ohio voters!

Abortion rights on on the ballot in Ohio - we need voters to turn out and protect them..

Please sign-up for phone-banking here. 

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Candidate Petitions - Illinois

Candidate petitions are here! Sign up to help get signatures for candidates so their name will appear on the ballot in November 2024. Click here.

This is an important step to ensure that more Democratic candidates are on the ballot in '24.

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Candidate Petitions - Illinois

Join Rep. Bob Morgan (D-IL), who has been an incredible champion for gun violence in IL, for petition passing and campaign kickoff on Sunday, September 10 in Deerfield. Register here.

*Please let us know if you have events in your area at


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“We have the technology necessary to combat the climate crisis, but we still need to deploy it. While we should be proud of the IRA (Inflation Reduction Act)* it only gets us 40% of the way to our goals. We have to finish the job.”

*(The IRA is the most ambitious investment in combating the climate crisis in world history)

– Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL)

Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a pro-Israel PAC with a domestic agenda. We support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and advocate for reproductive health and the separation of religion and state and incorporate other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including gun violence prevention and climate change. In addition to providing financial support for U.S. Senate and House campaigns, JACPAC educates our membership with outreach events designed to inform and activate their participation in the political process.

Paid for by Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs. Contributions or gifts are not tax deductible. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer of individuals who donate in an election cycle. Corporate contributions and contributions from non-US citizens who are not lawfully admitted for permanent residence are prohibited. All contributions by individuals must be made from personal funds and may not be reimbursed or paid by another person.