June 3, 2016

Arizona JAC members  delivered JAC's donation to AZ Senate candidate Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. From l to r:
Recky Maltenfort, Rep. Kirkpatrick, Andi Minkoff, and Berry Sweet.

JAC Philadelphia members met with PA Sen. candidate Katie McGinty (D-PA). From l to r: Betsy Sheerr, Jill Zipin, Katie McGinty, Carole Weintraub, and Lonnie Levin.

JAC staff showed their support for National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2. From l to r: Marcia Balonick, Nancy Spivak, Hollis Wein, and Dana Gordon.

Mark your calendars!
JAC Luncheon honoring
Betsy Sheerr
September 26th
Watch for details.

Want to host an event in your area? Give us a call! 
  For more information, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected]

Special Concert in Support of
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Christina Aguilera, Andra Day, John Legend,
Ricky Martin, and Stevie Wonder
June 6th
The Greek Theater
Los Angeles, CA
SPECIAL $45 Rate for Young Professionals!
Watch your inbox for details or call the JAC office. 

Meet OH Senate Candidate Ted Strickland
June 10th
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Women for Brad Reception
in support of
Brad Schneider
Candidate for IL-10
June 14th
Highland Park, IL
Watch your inbox for details.
 For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or [email protected]
Watch Hillary Clinton's Speech on National Security

Hillary's foreign affairs and national security achievements:
  • Led the effort to impose the toughest sanctions in history on Iran.
  • Personally negotiated a stop to Hamas rockets raining down on Israel with a cease-fire in Gaza
  • Actively supported Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system, which saved the lives of many Israelis.
  • Participated on President's team making the decision to launch the raid against Osama bin Laden.
  • Worked to reduce American and Russian nuclear arsenals.
  • Worked to build an unprecedented global effort to combat climate change.
  • Executed the "pivot to Asia" - deepening our engagement in this critical region.
  • Stood up to to Russia, China, and Iran on internet freedom.

Meet the Candidates

Senate Candidate & Former Governor
Ted Strickland (D-OH)

JAC is excited to support Ted Strickland, who is running for the Senate in Ohio.  He served 12 years in Congress and was a strong advocate for JAC's issues. Strickland also served as a popular governor fighting for middle class families.  He is now running against an anti-choice incumbent who boasts a 0 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.  Strickland has visited Israel several times and is committed to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. He will be a much-needed voice for Israel, women and families in the Senate.

This race offers the Democrats an excellent chance to pick up a seat and to help change the balance of power in the Senate. Outside super pacs are already planning to spend more than $9 million to ensure that this seat stays in the hands of a candidate who wants to wage war on women.

Help send Ted to the Senate. Donate Today.
ATTN: California, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota Voters

Primary Day

Israel & the Middle East
Paris Peace Summit Statement Less Harsh Than Israel Feared
Foreign ministers from over two dozen countries concluded the one-day summit Friday with a statement asking the Israelis and Palestinians, who were not invited, to demonstrate "a genuine commitment to the two-state solution in order to rebuild trust." They also proposed an international conference to further talks by the end of the year.

Senate Proposes Increased Israel Missile Defense Spending
Amid negotiations over a decade-long US defense package to Israel that have marginalized the role of Congress, the Senate Appropriations Committee this week recommended a major increase in spending on Israeli missile defense programs- quadrupling a budget line proposed by the Obama administration.

Israel's New Defense Minister Backs Two-State Solution
Israeli ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman said he supports a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians after he was sworn in as defense minister on Monday. Lieberman is a West Bank settler and one of Israel's most polarizing politicians. He has stoked controversy in the past with incendiary remarks about the Palestinians and Israel's Arab minority.

Losing by Winning: The Rupture of the Israeli Center
The new Israeli government reflects the country's increasing polarization and leaves Netanyahu with limited room for maneuver, making it difficult for him to preempt the growing momentum behind efforts to internationalize the Palestinian issue.
Anti-Semitism & BDS
The Secret Symbol Neo-Nazis Use to Target Jews Online
Neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white nationalists have begun using three sets of parentheses encasing a Jewish surname - for instance, (((Fleishman))) - to identify and target Jews for harassment on blogs and major social media sites like Twitter. As one white supremacist tweeted, "It's closed captioning for the Jew-blind."

Social Media, Microsoft Crack Down on Hate Speech
Some of the biggest names in technology, including Facebook, YouTube, Microsoft and Twitter, have vowed to remove illegal online hate speech within 24 hours, supporting a European Commission code of conduct to rid the Internet of incendiary message before it goes viral.

Jewish Dems: Trump Statement on Anti-Semitism is Not Enough
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday released another statement condemning anti-Semitism after heavy criticism that he is not speaking out forcefully against a barrage of anti-Semitic comments by some of his supporters on social media.But according to the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), Trump's statement is simply not enough.

Israel Hosts Largest Ever Anti-BDS Summit at UN Headquarters
Some 1,500 pro-Israel activists, students, and representatives of Jewish organizations among others attended the largest gathering to date against the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement, hosted by the Permanent Israeli mission to the United Nations at the UN Headquarters. Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told attendees. "This is a historic moment in the UN."

Reproductive Rights
Anti-Choice Activists Using Location Services to Harass Women
The worst-case scenario is the potential for sensitive personal information to fall into the hands of anti-choice zealots, including those who aim to do harm to health-care providers and women seeking abortions. 

How Cable News Talks About Abortion
Media Matters study of 14 months of evening cable news programs found that discussions of abortion were weighted toward anti-choice speakers, which resulted in widespread misinformation on the topic. Of the three networks, Fox News aired the largest number of inaccurate statements about the most prevalent abortion-related myths, and MSNBC was the most accurate.

Fetal Tissue Researchers' Identities and Conact Info Revealed
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting an inquiry into fetal tissue research. However, sh failed to redact researchers' names and contact information despite past assurances. The latest leak from Chair Blackburn's runaway investigation is further evidence that this Panel should be brought to an end," a spokesperson for the panel's Democratic lawmakers said in a statement.

Women increasingly travel out of their states for the procedure
As more states adopt more restrictive laws and the number of clinics dwindles in the so-called "abortion desert" - an area that stretches from Florida to New Mexico and north into the Midwest - women are increasingly traveling across state lines to avoid long waits for appointments and escape the legal barriers in their home states. They are traveling for days and sleeping in their cars.

The Rise of the DIY Abortion
Rebecca Gomperts, M.D., Ph.D., founder of Women on Web, which sends abortion drugs to women in countries where the procedure is banned, said she received nearly 600 emails last year from Americans frantic to end pregnancies under hard circumstances.
Separation of Religion & State
Bill Would Protect From False Claims of Religious Freedom
Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III has proposed a bill that he said would prevent people and organizations from misusing claims of religious freedom to violate the rights of others, such as gay citizens. The 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act is being misused, and Congress should restore its original intent, Kennedy said.

Beyond the Core

Obama to gun owners - I'm not looking to disarm you

Sign a Yearbook for Kids Who'll Never Have One 
Tragically, the youngsters in this yearbook will never graduate from high school. In fact, they'll never grow up at all to reach their potential, or experience the fullness of life. And that's because each one was a victim of gun violence.  The online "yearbook," will be submitted to the U.S. Senate, where measures to tighten gun laws have previously failed. 

In OH If You Don't Vote, You'l Lose Your Right to Vote
As the Nov. 8 elections loom, officials in Ohio have removed tens of thousands of voters from registration lists because they have not cast a ballot since 2008. All U.S. states periodically cleanse their voter rolls, but only a handful remove voters simply because they don't vote on a regular basis. And nowhere could the practice have a greater potential impact in the state-by-state battle for the White House than Ohio, a swing state that has backed the winner in every presidential election since 1960.
Hillary goes nuclear on Trump
Hillary Clinton threw a barrage of stinging one-liners at Donald Trump on Thursday. But at the heart of her speech was one powerful question for voters: "Do we want his finger anywhere near the button?"

Hillary Clinton vs. Herself
She doesn't have to talk about herself, she just needs to be herself, in order to make the point that she represents inclusion, equality, progress. In Trump,Hillary finds her foil: America's repressive past.

A President Who Will Fight for the Environmental Progress 
Hillary Clinton understands the environmental challenges America faces, and her approach to solving them is grounded in the possibility and promise our democracy affords us.

A Candid Look at Hillary
"If the first 44 years of my life were an education, the 13-month presidential campaign was a revelation."
Trump Watch
Racially Tinged Attacks on Federal Judge Alarm Legal Experts
Donald Trump's highly personal, racially tinged attacks on a federal judge overseeing a pair of lawsuits against him have set off a wave of alarm among legal experts, who worry that the �Republican presidential candidate's vendetta signals a remarkable disregard for judicial independence. That attitude, many argue, could carry constitutional implications if Trump becomes president.

Climate Policy Would Ensure a World of Wars
Donald Trump declared that if elected President, he would wage an all-out war against national and global climate action. He went so far as to to deny the reality of California's devastating drought. His plans to destroy a livable climate would mean for the future of war.

There is NO Draught in California
California suffered one of its driest years in 2015. And last year the state hit its driest four-year period on record. But Donald Trump isn't sold. The presumptive GOP nominee told supporters in Fresno, Calif., that no such dry spell exists.

Wife Shouldn't Work Because She Should Prepare Dinner
Donald Trump has a serious problem with women, here is a 1994 clip of the presidential hopeful explaining why he didn't approve of his then wife Marla Maples joining the workforce.
Political Byte
Nearly 400 House Bills Stuck in Senate Limbo
The Senate may be "back to work," but that hasn't stopped hundreds of House bills from stalling in the upper chamber. Of the 518 bills or joint resolutions passed by the House since January 2015, only 122 have passed the Senate, according to Congress's Legislative Information System, which tracks the status of legislation.
Amsterdam Hit Up Holocaust Survivors for Back Taxes
Amsterdam's city administration fined Holocaust survivors for being late paying the rent on the land their houses were built on -- while they were in concentrations camps. In an attempt to make amends, Amsterdam's city council this month pledged $11.13 million to the Jewish community. 

Tens of thousands participate in Israel's Gay Pride Parade 
Under arches of rainbow balloons and flags, more than 200,000 people thronged through the streets of Tel Aviv Friday for the annual Gay Pride Parade. Among the participants were male and female reservists from the Israeli army's artillery regiment, marching in support of battalion colleagues from LGBT community.

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