June 24, 2016

Former JAC President Betsy Sheerr meeting with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1), candidate for U.S. Senate.

Betsy Sheerr and Deborah Klehr with Deborah Ross, candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina.

From left to right: Timna Sheffey and Dana Gordon phone Members of Congress urging them to vote for gun safety measure.

What advise would Hillary give her younger self? 


Reception for Hillary Clintaon
Monday, June 27 
Chicago, IL

 For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847-433-5999 or info@jacpac.org
In the 25 hours that the House Democrats held a sit-in in Congress, there were at least 69 shootings across America.  
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1)
Candidate for U.S. Senate

Rep Ann Kirkpatrick, looking to unseat Senator John McCain, was first elected to Congress in 2010. JAC has been able to count on Ann to protect our issues. She understands the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship and has supported measures to strengthen Israel's defense. "Our nation shares an unbreakable bond with Israel, so it is important that the U.S moves forward on long-term agreements with Israel that will strengthen and enhance their military capabilities." 

As a state legislator she advocated for women's reproductive rights and carried that fight to Congress. Ann has earned a 100 percent pro-choice rating. 

This week Ann joined her House colleagues for the historic sit-in. "We cannot give up, and we will not accept that doing nothing is an option for keeping Americans safe," she said. She supports legislation preventing individuals on the terror watch list from buying guns and other gun safety measures.

Ann was born and raised on an Apache Indian reservation. Her congressional district is the 10th largest in the country and includes much of the state outside of Phoenix and Tuscon.  This is one of the top races in the country and could affect control of the Senate. JAC has thrown its support behind Ann.

The 15 Biggest Lies in Trump's Speech

In his speech attacking Hillary Clinton Wednesday, Donald Trump -- Politifact's reigning 'Liar of the Year' -- resorted to a litany of hypocritical attacks, nutty conspiracy theories and outright lies.

Many of the most outrageous attacks were long ago discredited by independent fact checkers, but Trump is still peddling them.

CLICK HERE for a breakdown of 15 of Trump's biggest lies about Hillary.

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Israel & the Middle East
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