JACPAC News & Opinion Digest

July 3, 2014 


JAC Around Town
JAC met with elected officials, candidates and leaders around the country.
JAC met with Senator Cory Booker D-NJ in Chicago. (r to l: Marcia Balonick, Hollis Wein, Senator Cory Booker, and Janna Berk)

JAC met with Senator John Walsh (r to l: Hollis Wein, Senator John Walsh, Marcia Balonick, and Joy Malkus)
JAC is ready to shop at Target after the company asked its customers to keep guns out of their stores. We are glad to see they are #BackOnTarget. (r to l: Marcia Balonick, Linda Ruder, Tiffany Keane, Kathy Emanuel, and Hollis Wein)
SEPT. 17-18


Senator Elizabeth Warren 
with Alison Lundergan Grimes & Natalie Tenant
July 12th
Co-Hosted by Betsy Sheerr
Edgartown, MA
Senator Ed Markey (D-MA)
July 20th
At the home of Wendy and Jim Abrams in Highland Park 
Senator Elizabeth Warren 
with Alison Lundergan Grimes & Natalie Tenant
July 12th
Co-Hosted by Betsy Sheerr
Edgartown, MA
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 and other upcoming events.   


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People You Should Know


U.S. Senator 
John Walsh

Walsh's race is one to the most important races this election cycle as Republicans fight to reclaim a seat they have not held since 1913. Walsh has only served since November 2013 when he was appointed to fill the retiring seat of JAC friend U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. Walsh is pro-choice and believes a woman should be able to make their own health care decisions without government interference.  He also strongly supports Israel's right to defend itself.  


As strong proponents of all of JAC's issues, we strongly support Senator John Walsh 


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On Our Radar

Federal Legislation
we are watching:

* US-Israel Strategic Partnership
* 2015 Appropriations 
* Voting Rights Act
* Unemployment Benefits
* Paycheck Fairness
* Immigration Reform 
* HR 1565 - Public Safety & 2nd
   Amendment Rights Act
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Janna Berk, President
Marcia Balonick, Executive Director
Joy Malkus, Research Director 

This week's issue highlights these key developments here and in the Middle East:
  • Israeli Teens killed: Promising Lives,  Grieving Families
  • Martin Indyk resigns as Chief Negotiator for Israel-Palestinian Peace
  • 8 best lines form Ginsburg's dissent on the Hobby Lobby contraception ruling
  • Myths debunked about the Hobby Lobby Case
  • Target tells customers to keep guns out of stores
  • JAC around town   
  • and so much more! 
This week's EZ Read brings you these stories and some that may have slipped past your news feed.
Israel & The Middle East 
The Israeli Teens Killed: Promising Lives, Grieving Families 

One liked basketball and was a gifted musician who played a mean guitar as well as the flute. Another liked to bake cakes for his five younger sisters. The third would bring jars of cookies to study hall for his classmates. Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar, Israeli Jewish teens, were buried Tuesday after a memorial ceremony watched nationwide. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the three were "gifted, pure, honest and decent" and were "cut down by the hands of evil men."

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy

Peres at Slain Teens' Funeral: "We Prayed for a Miracle, Unfortunately A Tragedy Occurred."

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy

President Shimon Peres bid farewell to Gil-Ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Fraenkel on Tuesday as the three slain teens were laid to rest in Modi'in.

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Martin Indyk Quits State Department, Will Continue to Consult

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy

Martin Indyk is resigning as the chief U.S. negotiator for Israeli-Palestinian peace but will continue to consult on the issue. "I'm grateful for the wisdom and insight he's brought to our collective efforts," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.

Reproductive Rights
The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg's Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision
On Monday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned a blistering dissent to the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that the government can't require certain employers to provide insurance coverage for methods of birth control and emergency contraception that conflict with their religious beliefs. 
U.S. Senator Agrees with Supreme Court Decision Because Women Use Birth Control 'Largely for Recreational Behavoir'
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) agreed Monday that women use birth control to protect themselves from 'recreational behavior,' just hours after the Supreme Court ruled that some companies can refuse to provide health insurance coverage that includes contraceptive services..
5 Myths About the Hobby Lobby Case, Debunked

In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which said for-profit businesses can get religious exemptions to insurance coverage of contraception, you're probably hearing a lot of dubious assertions about contraceptive access. Here are some facts.                                                                                    Read Full Article 

Separation of Religion & State
Re-Establishing Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

Religious liberty is woven into the very fabric of our nation. It defines the boundaries of our government and serves as a measuring stick of freedom. We are a nation of diverse religious beliefs and of no religious belief. From our nation's earliest days, our Constitution has ensured both the freedom to worship and believe according to one's conscience, as well as freedom from the government imposing religion upon its people or coercing them to follow beliefs that are not their own. This is the very essence of religious liberty.

Beyond the Core

Target Tells Customers To Keep Guns Out Of Stores

Target announced on July 2nd that it will ask shoppers to keep firearms out of its stores, after battling protests over the store's gun policy came to a head when a loaded gun was found in a store's toy aisle last month.

Political Byte
What Every Governor Really Believes About Climate Change, In One Handy Map.

With all the recent talk at the federal level about the EPA's proposed carbon regulations for new and existing power plants, it's easy to forget about the executives that have front row seats to cutting American carbon pollution. And though climate deniers run rampant through the halls of Congress, a new analysis from the CAP Action War Room reveals that half of America's Republican governors agree with the anti-science caucus of Congress.

UJA Holds Its First LGBTQ Conference
"I've turned gray waiting for the UJA to make this conference," said Shelly Weiss, a longtime LGBTQ activist. She was referring to UJA-Federation of New York's first ever conference focused on the Jewish gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer community, which took place last money at the charity's headquarters on East 59th Street. "And I've lived to see the day," said Weiss, who appeared to be in her 70s. "What's next?"

Hitchhikers wait for rides south from the Gilo trempiada in Jerusalem in June. (Photo by Daniel Estrin)

A Hitchhiker's Guild to the West Bank: How the Culture of Shared Rides Around Israeli Settlements Breeds A Sense of Community, and a Delusion of Safety 

The discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers Monday put a grisly end to a search that began on June 12th. The mystery began at a hitchhiking post in the West Bank, where Eyal Yifrah (19) from Elad, Gilad Sharr (16) from Talmon, and Naftali Fraenkel (16) from Nof Ayalon reportedly got into a stranger's car at about 10 PM. They were children of the settlements, and they were using the most common form of settler public transportation.
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