Sept. 16, 2016
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The Hillary campaign invited JAC to meet with its top surrogate, Wendy Davis. Davis is a former Texas state senator who heroically stood on the Texas Senate floor for 11 hours straight to prevent an anti-choice bill from coming up for a vote.
(l to r: Wendy Davis, Marcia Balonick, Hollis Wein)
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U.S. Signs Historic Military Aid Package for Israel
Statement by President Barak Obama 

"As I have said repeatedly, America's commitment to Israel's security is unshakeable.  Over the past eight years, my Administration has time and again demonstrated this commitment in word and deed. This commitment to Israel's security has been unwavering and is based on a genuine and abiding concern for the welfare of the Israeli people and the future of the State of Israel. "


Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

"This agreement illustrates a simple truth: relations between Israel and the United States are strong and steadfast. This does not mean that we do not have disagreements from time to time, but these are disagreements within the family. They have no effect on the great friendship between Israel and the United States, a friendship that is expressed in this agreement, which will greatly greatly assist us in continuing to build up Israel's strength in the coming decade."

Michigan Membership Meeting
October 10th
details to follow 

For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847.433.5999 or [email protected]

Reception with
Senator Dick Durbin
in support of
Brad Schneider
Candidate for U.S. House - IL-10
September 18th

Reception with
Rep. Tammy Duckworth
Candidate for U.S. Senate - IL
September 19th

Reception with
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
September 23rd

A Conversation with
Chelsea Clinton
in support of Hillary Clinton
September 23rd


Girls Get Loud for HiIllary
September 25
for ages 8-18
2-4 pm
Call the JAC office for details


A conversation with 
Hillary Clinton
September 29th
Come to her last fundraising reception in Chicago!

For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847.433.5999 or [email protected]
Featuring Guest Speaker 
Andy Borowitz

Monday, September 26, 2016 
President Obama: 'Let's Get to Work for Hillary'
"I need you to work as hard for Hillary as you did for me. I need you to knock on doors.  I need you to make phone calls.  You've got to talk to your friends, including your Republican friends. You need to go to and register to vote.  Then you've got to go to the polls and you've got to get people to go to the polls.  
"And if you're willing to do that with me, we'll win in November.  We'll elect Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States.  We will continue on this journey to create a better America and a fairer America, a more just America, a more loving America, a brighter America.  
"That's what we're fighting for.  That's why I need you."
These Women Can Change the Senate from Red to Blue 
Clockwise: IL Rep. Tammy Duckworth, NH Gov. Maggie Hassan, Katie McGinty (PA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (NV)
Join JAC in supporting these Senate candidates who are on the frontline in the battle to regain the Senate. Each is solidly
pro-Israel and understands the importance of
religious freedom. JAC knows Tammy, Maggie, Katie and Catherine will be a strong voice for JAC's issues in the Senate. These races are close -- and costly. Please donate today. Your support will help to make a difference.
Israel & the Middle East
U.S. $38B Military Aid Package to Israel Sends a Message
The United States agreed Wednesday to send a record $3.8 billion in new military aid to Israel over the next decade. The pact is a sign of the two nations' close alliance. The agreement, which equates to $3.8 billion a year, is the largest bilateral military aid package ever and includes $5 billion for missile defense, additional F-35 joint strike fighters and increased mobility for its ground forces.

Understanding the MOU with Israel
The new aid amount of $35B represents a significant increase over the current Memorandum of Understanding by every measure, and will enable Israel to acquire additional advanced military capabilities from the United States such as additional F-35s - other defense capabilities needed to meet its threat environment.  
Knesset Speaker Offers Advice to Europe to Fight Extremism
"The people who arrive at our doorstep are our long-lost brothers and sisters coming home and the tools and policies Israel has used in its multicultural society can be helpful to others," said a Knesset member. He said parliaments around the world can fight terrorism "with full force" while teaching tolerance and acceptance of immigrants, so they can better integrate economically and culturally to benefit themselves and their new home country.
Anti-Semitism & BDS
UC Berkeley Suspends Anti-Israel Courses
The University of California, Berkeley, has suspended a student-led course, "Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis," following an outcry from Jewish community leaders who called it biased, anti-Zionist and in violation of the university's academic standards.

In the Safe Spaces on Campus, No Jews Allowed
Little has been said about how the idea of "intersectionality" - the idea that all struggles are connected and must be combated by allies - has created a dubious bond between the progressive movement and pro-Palestinian activists who often engage in the same racist and discriminatory discourse they claim to fight. As a result of this alliance, progressive Jewish students are often subjected to a double standard not applied to their peers - an Israel litmus test to prove their loyalties to social justice.
Reproductive Rights
Obama Wants To Stop States Defunding Abortion Providers
President Obama is making moves on women's and LGBTQ issues in his final months in office. At the beginning of the summer, he issued sweeping guidelines to combat transgender discrimination in public schools, and now he's moved to protect funding for Planned Parenthood, which he has long supported.
Court Protects Access to Care at LA Planned Parenthood
The U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit has ruled to protect more than 5,200 Louisianans' access to birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and other preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers through the Medicaid program. This comes as politicians in at least 24 states have taken action to "defund" and block care at Planned Parenthood, many of them Southern and Gulf states where women face the threat of Zika.

OH Atty General Won't Brand Abortion as Aggravated Murder
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would brand abortion in Ohio as aggravated murder. In a letter to the three proponents of the amendment, DeWine said they failed to submit 1,000 valid signatures from registered voters, a requirement for the proposed amendment to clear the first hurdle toward getting to the ballot. 
Federal, Local Advocacy Efforts to Combat Hyde Amendment
As the Hyde Amendment turns 40 this month, activists and legislators are seeking to permanently end the prohibition on federal funds from covering abortion care. The Hyde Amendment has been added to every federal budget since 1976 and bans abortion care for many women.
Separation of Religion & State
U.S. Has Started Tracking Religious Discrimination In Schools
The United States government is taking a big step to curb religious discrimination in schools. The Department of Education announced a series of initiatives to address religious discrimination in public schools, including a new website with legal information regarding students' religious rights.
Beyond the Core
MO Wants to Remove Voting Rights from Constitution
When Missourians go to the polls this fall to elect a president and a senator, they will also decide whether voters will have to have a government ID in order to participate in future elections. The policy, if it passes, could disenfranchise 220,000 people in the key swing state.

Seniors, Guns and Suicide 
Older Americans are more likely to die in a suicide attempt than members of any other age group, and most of the fatalities are caused by a firearm. Gun suicides happen at a rate of 12 per 100,000 Americans over the age of 65 - the highest rate of all age groups, close only to the 10 per 100,000 reached by people between the ages of 45 and 64.
Political Byte
Government Funding Talks Stall
Negotiations over a stopgap measure to fund the government until Dec. 9 have stalled amid squabbling among Republicans over controversial riders related to Zika funding. Internal GOP discord is holding up work on the funding stopgap, the only must-pass legislation on the agenda before Congress can recess for the November elections.
White House Women Want to be in the Room 
When President Obama took office, two-thirds of his top aides were men. Women complained of having to elbow their way into important meetings. And when they got in, their voices were sometimes ignored. Female staffers forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution - and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.

13 Reasons Young Women Need to Vote in This Election
When women show up at the polls, society is better off. Women will help to determine the next four Supreme Court justices and prevent the election of candidates who want to roll-back women's access to reproductive health care.
Clinton, Trump Aren't Even Comparable in Media Eyes
During a rally in Philadelphia for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, President Obama said it's impossible to compare Clinton to Donald Trump in a speech that was critical of media coverage of the presidential election. "I'm not running this time, but I sure do get frustrated with the way this campaign is covered," he said. "You don't grade the presidency on a curve. This is serious business."

Hillary Plays 20 Questions With Donald Trump on Twitter
Hillary went on a Twitter tirade Wednesday against Donald Trump, asking the billionaire 20 questions about reported conflicts of interest that he may have if elected.

Eight Ways Hillary Changed the Lives of Children 
Over the past five decades, Hillary Clinton has gone from campus activist to Democratic Party presidential nominee; law student to secretary of state. But even amid all of this change, one thing about Hillary has remained a constant: Her dedication to defending and protecting America's children. 
100 Reasons to Vote for Hillary Clinton
A Republican friend dared me to name five reasons to support Hillary Clinton without mentioning Donald Trump. Challenge accepted times 20! Here are one hundred reasons from Clinton's background, character and views that make her worthy of our enthusiastic support.
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No, Hillary Did Not Start the Birther Movement
Trump isn't only going to (maybe) renounce birtherism, you see; he's going to open up a whole new can of worms around the issue by trying to tie it to Clinton. He's going to breathe all kinds of life into the story by not truly taking responsibility for his lengthy effort to question the legitimacy of the president of the United States, and he's going to do it with a specious charge. The allegation Clinton or even her campaign started this just isn't founded.
Trump Watch
Trump is Least Transparent Presidential Candidate in History
Trump remains the least transparent major presidential nominee in modern history. He is the first since 1976 to refuse to release his tax returns; declined to provide documentation of the "tens of millions" of dollars he claims to have donated to charity and offered few new details and  documentation to back up the claims about his wife's immigration.

Normalizing Trump
Despite all evidence to the contrary, the media insistently portray Trump as a normal candidate. Every effort by the media to treat Donald Trump as a "normal" presidential candidate brings us closer to the potential destruction of our democracy. And yet we can see it taking place at virtually every level of our media.
Donald Trump Jr. Makes 'Gas Chambers' Crack 
In his effort to point out a perceived double standard in how the media covers the 2016 race, Donald Trump Jr. said journalists would "be warming up the gas chamber" if Republicans carried on the way that Democrats do.

Trump's Weak Attempt to Win Over Women
He's trying to make inroads with women voters via a child care plan that doesn't add up. It seems Donald Trump and his campaign have woken up to the massive electoral damage they have done among women. Trump made a play this week for women voters that is characteristically empty.
Obama Names 1st Marine National Monument In Ocean
The first national marine monument in the Atlantic is designed to permanently protect nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the coast of New England, which has been called an "underwater Yellowstone" and "a deep sea Serengeti."

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