June 17, 2016
"We can save some lives.  We can reduce the impact of a terrorist attack if we're smart.  And if we don't act, we will keep seeing more massacres like this -- because we'll be choosing to allow them to happen.  We will have said, we don't care enough to do something about it."
"We must attack it (terrorism) with clear eyes, steady hands, unwavering determination and pride in our country and our values. Tthis is a moment when we all need to stand togetherwe will overcome the threats of terror and radicalization." 

On Monday, the Senate will vote on legislation that can save lives.

Call the Senate

Tell your Senators to: 
Pass an assault weapons ban (HR 4269)
Close the terror gap (Feinstein Amendment 4720)
Congress needs to get tough on gun violence.
Our country can't wait any longer.

CALL 202-225-3121

#Enough #GunSense #CongressMUSTAct

JAC women joined the Women for Brad reception supporting Brad Schneider for U.S. Representative for IL-10. (l to r: Julie Dann, Janna Berk, Robin Wasserman, Brad Schneider, Marcey Barichello, Kim Shwachman, Dana Gordon)   

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JAC Luncheon honoring
Betsy Sheerr
September 26th
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Reception for Hillary Clinton
Monday, June 27 
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The Causes at the Center of Hillary's Life

Oprah Winfrey: #ImWithHer

"It's a seminal moment for women. What this says is, there is no ceiling, that ceiling just went boom! It says anything is possible when you can be leader of the free world." 
Meet Sen. Chris Murphy

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Sen. Chris Murphy, elected in 2012, is the junior senator from Connecticut. Previously he served three terms in the House. Throughout his career, Murphy has led the fight in Congress to pass common sense gun legislation. His recent Senate filibuster was the 10th longest in Senate history. "Clearly, in my mind, there is no reason why anyone should have access to a military-style assault weapon or a magazine clip that holds 30 or 100 bullets," he said.

He has also been a strong supporter of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Murphy has called for increased funding levels for Israel's defense. "I have always been a strong supporter of the state of Israel because our two nations' interests, fates and values are inextricably linked. America's national security depends on having a strong, safe and secure Israel as a democratic ally in a turbulent part of the world."

JAC has been a strong supporter of Murphy, who consistently earns a 100 percent pro-choice rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America, since he first came to Congress. We know that JAC can always count on him to defend our issues.

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Israel & the Middle East
Why Israel Fears Orlando-Style Attack
The massacre in Orlando is the ultimate nightmare scenario for Israel. The Israeli security Cabinet occasionally discusses scenarios in which a terrorist armed with an automatic weapon succeeds in reaching a crowded space.
U.S. Signals Accommodation of Israeli Terms on Defense Aid
The Obama administration is prepared to incorporate missile defense funds in a new long-term agreement on military aid for Israel, a U.S. official said, accommodating in principle a key request by Israel.
Egypt, Jordan Call on Israel to Accept Saudi Initiative
In his first public appearance in Israel, Egyptian Ambassador Hazem Khairat said that his government still believes that a two-state solution is plausible. 

Obama and His Views on Islam
The president has come to the conclusion that the underlying problems afflicting Islam are too deep, and too resistant to American intervention, to warrant implementation of the sort of policies that his critics, including his critics in foreign-policy think tanks, demand.
Anti-Semitism & BDS
German Bank Closes Anti-Israel BDS Account
Commerzbank, Germany's second-largest bank, has closed an account affiliated with the anti-Israel BDS movement. This is the first known instance of a German bank censuring a pro-BDS group.

Inspired by Trump, Anti-Semites Found Me
What disturbs me is how freely hate speech is flowing these days and that the new standard-bearer of the Republican Party has not yet disavowed his neo-Nazi supporters.
Reproductive Rights
KY Governor Allowed to Close Abortion Clinic
The Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed a Circuit Court and granted the governor's request to temporarily close a Lexington abortion clinic, which is the only physician's office that routinely provides abortion services in the eastern half of Kentucky.

Congress Members Read the Stanford Sexual-Assault Letter
Members  stood on the House floor and staged a public reading for a full hour. The 19 members who participated in the reading did not introduce themselves for fear it would distract from the content of the letter.
Oklahoma Wants to Use Public Schools for an 'Abortion-Free Society'
OK governor signed a measure that tasks the state Departments of Health and Education with creating educational materials for "the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society." The information would say that "abortion kills a living human being." 

Interview With a Woman Who Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks
Elizabeth* is 35. After a previous miscarriage at 10 weeks, she was overjoyed to find herself pregnant for a second time. At 31 weeks, she found out that the baby boy she was carrying wouldn't be able to breathe outside the womb and would not survive. 
Separation of Religion & State
Rep. Foxx 'Not Willing' to Leave U.S. 'to the Philistines'
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) devoted her speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority conference to telling activists not to lose faith in the political process and to remember that elected officials - or, more specifically, Republican elected officials - know that America needs a "moral and spiritual foundation in order to survive and thrive."
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Why Conservatives Won't Identify Orlando Victims As LGBT 
Since news first broke Sunday morning of the mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 50 people dead, there has been a concerted effort from conservative politicians, religious groups, celebrities, and even the media to erase LGBT people from the story.
Beyond the Core
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) speaks to his young son during the recent filibuster.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) speaks to his young son during the recent filibuster.

Gun Control Filibuster 'Made a Difference' with GOP
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said that his nearly 15-hour filibuster moved the needle in getting Republicans to address proposals to ban people on no-fly lists from getting firearms and to expand background checks.

14 Mass Shootings 14 Speeches: How Obama Has Responded
It was at least the 14th time that President Obama spoke to the nation in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting - and the sixth time within just the past year. Obama has said his remarks have become all too predictable. 

Why Democrats Aren't Pushing an Assault Weapons Ban
In a private meeting of Democrats on Wednesday, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) begged his colleagues to push a measure that might have actually prevented Sunday morning's carnage -- an assault weapons ban. But Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi nixed it. Better, she said, to focus on barring terror suspects from buying guns.

The 7 Most Compelling Moments From the Filibuster 
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-PA) was joined on the floor with more than 40 of his colleagues including Republicans Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA).  Here are the seven best moments from the filibuster:
Sanders Will Work with Hillary to Defeat Trump
Bernie Sanders told his supporters he will soon take on a role in the effort to defeat Republican Donald Trump in November.  "The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly,"  Sanders said.

'What Donald Trump Is Saying Is Shameful'
Hillary Clinton called out Trump's suggestion that President Obama is siding with terrorists and asked the GOP to rebuke this dangerous rhetoric, saying, "History will remember what we do in this moment..." 

Hillary Clinton Proved Her Reproductive-Rights Chops
At a Planned Parenthood Action Fund membership event in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Hillary Clinton sketched out an unapologetic vision of the future of reproductive rights under her presidential leadership. This speech showcased her firm grasp on the complex, intersectional barriers to health care that women face.
Trump Watch
The 'Truth' According to Trump
In Trump's world, everything's a conspiracy and reality's turned upside down. Fortunately for the Trumps of the world, they have their own efficient, instantaneous, echo chambers at their disposal. They delude themselves that what other people think doesn't matter. 

Top Rabbis Denounce Trump 
Four of America's leading rabbis denounced Donald Trump and his divisive rhetoric before he even spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C. "Everything about the Jewish heritage and historical memory calls out to us not to remain silent, but to speak out courageously and strongly against the threat of a Trump presidency," said a rabbi of one of the capitol's largest synagogues.

Trump Uses Orlando's Tragedy to Smear Muslims, Obama
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Favorability of GOP Lowest in Bloomberg Poll's History
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Political Byte
How You Can Support Sen. Chris Murphy's Filibuster & Help End Gun Violence
Enough is enough. That's the message from Connecticut's junior Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy. Murphy needs all the help he can get. You may not be able to join him on the Senate floor, but there are ways you can help. The vote is scheduled for Monday at 5:30 (EST).

Marco Rubio Flip-Flops on Hating the Senate
Marco Rubio said yesterday that he is rethinking his decision not to seek another term in the Senate. His friends have said he "hates" the job. Rubio himself was unapologetic about missing more votes than any other senator during his failed presidential campaign. JAC is supporting Rep. Patrick Murphy (FL-18) who is running for this important Senate seat.
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Senate Votes To Include Women In The Draft
The Senate voted to require women to register for the draft, an action with little practical impact anytime soon - the U.S. has relied on an all-volunteer military force for decades - but one that reflects a growing consensus that women are just as capable of serving and leading in the military as men.
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In a First, Israel to Head a Permanent UN Committee
Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, was elected chairman of the General Assembly's Sixth Committee, which deals with legal issues. "Israel is a world leader in international law and in fighting terrorism. We are pleased to have the opportunity to share our knowledge with the countries of the world," Danon said.

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