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August 21, 2020 
We just finished a historic week for the Democratic party. It was a convention unlike any other and one that we will certainly be remembered. Kamala Harris became the first women of color to be on a national ticket. The convention celebrated the diversity of our nation and highlighted the important work we need to do to restore our country.

Hillary Clinton summed up what this election can't be: "We can not have another should of, would of, could of election." 

Barack Obama described what this election needs to be: "You can give our democracy new meaning. You can take it to a better place... by voting like never before so that we leave no doubt about what this country we love stands for - today and for all our days to come."

As women, we are an important political force to make that happen. Women have outvoted men in every national election since at least 1964. 

Women were credited with the female wave of candidates, many of which JAC-supported, that came to Congress in 2018These women changed the make-up of the House and together became a loud voice for issues that matter most to us.

But it hasn't always been that way.

The Democratic convention coincided with the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of women's right to vote. That was also a battle for the soul of our nation. But the fight did not end on Aug 18, 1920. Blacks, Native Americans and Chinese immigrants were not granted voting rights.

Today many women - especially women of color - remain disenfranchised at the voting booth. We certainly have more work to do to ensure that all Americans have the secure right to vote. 

Women can make the difference in November. Let's vote for all those women that never had the opportunity to vote and for all those that suffered for us to have that sacred right. Most importantly, our daughters and granddaughters are counting on us. 

The greatness of this country, with all of its untapped promises and hope, awaits us. It is within our grasp, but we must first get out to vote. 

Don't forget - VOTE EARLY. Click here for information on voting early and requesting a mail-in ballot.
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Wednesday, August 26
Women for Dick Durbin Presents
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) & Valerie Jarrett
Celebrating 100 Years of Voting for Women
8:30 am CT 
Wednesday, Sept. 2
Virtual Conversation with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-8)
1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT | 10:00 am PT

Thursday, Sept. 3
Virtual Conversation with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
11:30 am ET | 10:30 am CT | 8:30 am PT
Thursday, Sept. 10
Meet the Women Turning Texas Purple
Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7)
Gina Ortiz Jones (Candidate TX-23)
State Sen. Wendy Davis (Candidate TX-21)
1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm  CT | 10:00 am PT 
Thursday, October 1 
2020 JAC Michigan Membership Meeting
Guest Speaker - Amb. Dan Shapiro
& Legislator Forum featuring
Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8), & Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11) 
12:00 pm ET | 11:00 am CT | 9:00 am PT 
Virtual Events to Support Joe Biden for President

Virtual Conversation
Senator Kamala Harris & the American Jewish Community
Wednesday, August 26 
3:45 pm ET | 2:45 pm CT | 12:45 pm PT 
Video call instructions will be provided prior to event
Wednesday, August 26
Virtual Conversation on the Value of Women Voters & Leaders with Reps. Abby Finkenauer (IA), Lucy McBath (GA), 
& Debbie Murcarsel-Powell (FL)
moderated by Debra Messing & Eric McCormack
8:00 pm ET | 7:00 pm CT | 5:00 pm PT
Thursday, August 27
Virtual Conversation with Jill Biden
6:00 pm ET | 5:00 pm CT | 3 pm PT
Tuesday, September 8
Virtual Event with Jill Biden & Jennifer Garner
6:00 pm  ET | 5:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm PT

Please note: Login links for Biden for President events are sent out directly by the campaign. 
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Netanyahu Says West Bank Annexation 'Remains on the Table' Following Israel-UAE Agreement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his plan to annex part of the West Bank "remains on the table," despite agreeing to suspend the move as part of an agreement to establish formal ties with the United Arab Emirates. "There is no change in my plan to apply sovereignty, our sovereignty, in Judea and Samaria, in full coordination with the U.S. I'm committed to it, this hasn't changed," Netanyahu said  
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'Wildly Irresponsible': FBI Bashed for Tweeting Link to Antisemitic 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion'
For more than a century, the fabricated text "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" has advanced a persistent anti-Semitic trope: that Jews are plotting to take over the world. From Hitler to Henry Ford, rabid anti-Semites have long shared the notorious text. On Wednesday, an FBI Twitter account did the same.
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Courts Are Already Cutting off Abortion Access - Without Saying a Word About Roe
Since President Trump nominated Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, everyone has placed bets about how long it would be before Roe v. Wade was overturned. What everyone forgot is that the Supreme Court can functionally eliminate access to abortion without saying a word about Roe itself.
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'Trump Says He Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem 'for the Evangelicals'  
U.S. President Donald Trump said that his 2017 decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as the capital of Israel was done for evangelical Christians. "And we moved the capital of Israel to Jerusalem," Trump said at a rally held at an airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, apparently referring to his decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv. "That's for the evangelicals." 
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How to Vote by Mail in Every State   
More Americans than ever are expected to vote by mail in this year's presidential election as states attempt to make voting safer amid the global pandemic. Five states -- Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah -- routinely conduct their elections almost entirely by mail. In response to the spread of Covid-19, at least four additional states -- California, Nevada, New Jersey and Vermont -- and the District of Columbia have pledged to mail ballots to all properly registered voters for the November election. Some other states made it easier to vote by mail in response to the coronavirus crisis by changing various rules. 
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Twitter Maintains Ban on Candidate Laura Loomer
Laura Loomer won't be getting her Twitter account reinstated despite winning the Republican primary Tuesday in her bid to represent Florida's 21st Congressional District. Loomer is a far-right activist whose confrontations with journalists and political figures helped her amass an online following. But her online antics ran afoul of rules set by social media companies, and she has been banned from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as other platforms like PayPal, Venmo and Uber. 
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Biden finally has his big moment - Highlights from his Democratic nomination acceptance speech
Biden finally has his big moment - Highlights from his Democratic nomination acceptance speech

Joe Donnelly: Joe Biden Is a Man of Faith. Donald Trump, a Man of Falsehood.  
Donald Trump has made a lot of fact-free statements in recent years, but his incoherent babbling about who qualifies as appropriately religious would be comical if it were not so pathetic and desperate. Every Sunday, he is on his knees attending Mass and praying for his country, his family, and all those in need in our beloved nation. I know this because I know Joe Biden and I come from the same Irish Catholic faith tradition.
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Biden Promises 'Light' After Trump's 'Darkness': 7 Takeaways from the DNC
Democrats have to be very happy with what they were able to accomplish this week with their convention. Their production of the first all-virtual convention went off mostly without a hitch. At times, the last night seemed like whiplash with a serious segment on faith and forgiveness followed by snark from emcee Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for example. But none of that will be remembered. What will be, and perhaps for a very long time, was the speech Joe Biden was able to deliver. Biden gave a lot of thunderous speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senate when he was a senator and he has appeared at conventions before, but no speech he has ever made was as important, and perhaps as well-delivered, as this one.
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'A National Crisis': As Coronavirus Forces Many Schools Online This Fall, Millions of Disconnected Students Are Being Left Behind
Before the pandemic, it was called "the homework gap," because of the growing number of teachers who assigned homework that required Internet access. Now, as the pandemic forces many schools to switch to remote learning, disconnected students will miss more than homework. They'll miss all of school. For all the talk of Generation Z's Internet savvy, a stunning number of young people are locked out of virtual classes because they lack high-speed Internet service at home.  
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How Black Women Have Continued the Fight to Vote 100 Years After Suffrage
The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which barred states from considering a voter's sex in determining eligibility, is commonly credited with expanding the right to vote to women, but the amendment didn't actually guarantee all women the right to vote. Although the amendment, which was ratified 100 years ago Tuesday, eased the obstacles some women faced at the ballot box.
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The Last Word
"That's the job of a president. To represent all of us, not just our base or our party. This is not a partisan moment. This must be an American moment. It's a moment that calls for hope and light and love. Hope for our futures, light to see our way forward, and love for one another."

- Joe Biden
Introducing JACII, a JAC group for young professionals, advocates, and those young at heart who are looking to get involved. Groups have started in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Events will feature elected officials and speakers in lively settings. JACII is by and for young people. Now is the perfect time to get involved.

Know someone who would be interested in joining or hosting a meeting? Let us know at info@jacpac.org. We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.

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