November 6, 2015

JAC met with Monica Vernon, candidate for IA-1, in Chicago this week. (l to r: Marcia Balonick, Dana Gordon, Monica Vernon, Hollis Wein, Linda Rae Sher)

Talking Points Highland Park 
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2) 
Monday, November 16
Highland Park, IL 
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Talking Points Los Angeles
Donna Crane
of NARAL Pro-Choice America 
Friday, November 20 
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Detroit Membership Event
Gary Peters (D-MI) and
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) 
Monday, November 23 
11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
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November 13
Event with
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

November 15 
Brunch with
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2) and
Brad Schneider 

(Candidate for IL-10) 
12:30 - 2:00 pm
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Some Reasons People Were Shot in  
October 2015
  • Control of a video game controller (AL, 10/2)
  • Not being able to play with a puppy (TN, 10/4)
  • Heard someone in the house - it was the shooter's wife (TX, 10/10)
  • A parking lot was closed (NM, 10/14)
  • Road rage - missed target and shot another driver (CO, 10/15)
  • Showing a child how to repair a gun (CA, 10/19)
  • Wife shot during an argument (FL, 10/25)
  • Irresponsible handling of gun led to shooting self in foot and killing a child in the apartment below (CA, 10/28)



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