May 29, 2015  





JAC's 5th Annual Power of Women Luncheon
June 1st
Bryn Mawr Country Club 
Lincolnwood, IL (Chicago area) 
 

From left to right:  JAC Outreach & Membership Director Dana Gordon; Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO); JAC Executive Director Marcia Balonick; JAC Special Projects Director Linda Rae Sher.


Marcia Balonick addresses the Highland Park City Council regarding Wear Orange, the 1st National Gun Violence Awareness Day.


Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) with former JAC President Betsy Sheerr.     



JUNE 2nd WEAR ORANGE


On June 2nd, people across the country will wear orange to honor all those who have been killed -- and inspire action to stop the gun violence that takes too many lives in America.

Why orange? It's a color that symbolizes the value of human life.

Hunters wear orange to alert other hunters that they're there -- as a way to take care of their own life and the lives of others. Now, we're turning orange into a symbol for the value of human life everywhere. 

Send us your pictures in ORANGE info@jacapc.org

#wearorange
#stopgunviolence 


Off the Sidelines Reception with
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Chicago, IL
Friday, June 5th
9:00 am
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Reception for Congressional Candidate
Eric Lynn (FL-13)
Chicago, IL
Thursday, June 11
5:30 pm  
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Reception for Senate Candidate
Russ Feingold (D-WI)
Chicago, IL
Monday, June 15
5:30 pm


For more information and to RSVP for any of these events, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or info@jacpac.org

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Sen. Michael Bennet  (D-CO) 

Sen. Bennet is a strong supporter of the US-Israel relationship. He  was the driving force behind honoring former Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Congressional Gold Medal awarded last June.  Peres was the first sitting President of Israel to eceive this prestigious award.

"In a world that is more complicated than ever, President Peres' leadership has helped strengthen a U.S.-Israel relationship forged by our shared commitment to democracy, human rights, and rule of law. His career will serve as a beacon for the next generation of leaders," said Benett when he introduced the legislation.

His grandparents were both imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto and his mother was smuggled out of the ghetto through an underground network. Bennet's grandmother escaped with nuns and sought refuge in a convent. His grandfather hid in different parts of the ghetto until the liquidation and forced deportation of inhabitants to labor camps.
 
Bennet is one of the Senate's chief champions of access to  reproductive care for women.  He co-sponsored the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act, which would restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act and protect coverage of other health services from employers who want to impose their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits. 

He is up for reelection in 2016 and will have a tough race.


source: Jewish Virtual Library 



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June 2, 6:45 pm - Highland Park, IL
June 3, 5:30 pm - Chicago, IL

JAC Education Foundation is cosponsoring this special event. Please join us.
Join legal experts in hearing real cases involving contraception, women's economic security, and transgender civil rights. We will vote as judges and then discuss how the courts actually ruled. Learn how decisions are part of an ongoing public policy process, and how citizen advocates can get involved in the judicial nomination and selection process to ensure a just and fair court system.


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