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January 14, 2022

What's On Our Mind ...


If you are lucky, your Representative or Senator is a Democrat who has been standing up for the issues that are important to you.


But what about those that live in other areas? Every member of Congress votes on every issue you care about. It takes 218 Representatives in the House to pass legislation. It currently takes at least 51, and often 60, Senators to pass legislation in the Senate. Therefore, we need to make sure that we support and help elect candidates across the board. But people must have the freedom and ability to vote for those candidates.


If people in Kansas City, KS are prevented from voting, then they can’t vote for Rep. Sharice Davids from that area. She has been a leader in fighting for gun violence prevention.


Securing the right to vote is essential to advancing progress on all of the issues that matter to our communities and our families. Without our ability to be counted at the polls and decide who represents us in the halls of power, we won’t see progress on gun violence prevention, reproductive rights, racial justice, climate change, and more.


As we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, it’s a solemn reminder that the fight to protect the sacred right to vote is far from over. The fight for civil rights was fought on behalf of all of us so that we all can live in a country that respects people regardless of gender, race, or religion.


Change does not happen overnight. It is the fight of many hours, days, months, and sometimes years. The Civil Rights Movement began in the 40s, but it wasn’t until 1963 that success was achieved with the Voting Rights Act. 


Today we are discouraged that there are not enough votes to pass these voting protections in the Senate. But we can't walk away from that fight and others like it. Apathy is not the answer or choice.


Stay involved with JAC. Continue your calls. Let your voice be heard. We need to keep working together to elect enough Senators to finally make the changes we are seaking.

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Upcoming Events

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Join JAC, JDCA, and JDWA for a special event

Elections Have Consequences: Life After Roe?


 Featuring Former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, reproductive rights attorney Kitty Kolbert, and Rabbi Julie Schonfeld.


Thursday, Jan. 20

4:00 pm ET | 3:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm PT


RSVP here

Special event for JAC Members

Join a virtual conversation with Rep. Kim Schrier (D-WA)

 

Wednesday, Jan. 26

3:30 pm ET | 2:30 pm CT | 12:30 pm PT


RSVP here

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Join a virtual JACPAC fundraiser for Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ)

 

Monday, March 14

7:00 pm ET | 6:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm PT


RSVP here

Get Involved

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Join JAC's voter mobilization team to write postcards and make phone calls to voters.


Sign up here

Instagram of the Week

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January 13, 2022


Call your Senators (202-224-3121) and urge them to amend or end the filibuster and pass these voter protection bills. We must take action to uphold and honor Dr. King’s legacy.


We need to put these laws in place before the 2022 midterm elections. Republicans are planning a disastrous effort to disenfranchise people of color, put partisan officials in charge of election counts, and create districts that dilute the power of Democratic voters.


Take a stand today.

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In the News

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ISRAEL


A senior diplomat observed that Israel benefits from reconciliation between Syria and Gulf states, predicting it could help curb Iranian influence in the region. China's bolstering its alliance with Iran. That will create ramifications for Israel. The Jordanian foreign minister appreciates the role that the U.S. is taking in the Mideast but warns that peace will only come through Israeli-Palestinian resolution.

ANTISEMITISM AND BDS


Federal officials are alarmed by the 'horrifying' rise in antisemitism in schools and businesses. The Simon Wiesenthal Center calls on Amazon Prime to remove Nazi propaganda films that are available for streaming. Stanford is investigating claims that it capped admissions for Jews in the 1950s.

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CHOICE


In Chicago, a white supremacist group showed up at an anti-abortion march last weekend. Texas-style abortion bans proliferate nationwide as a Court battle looms. An AP poll found that more Democrats will be prioritizing abortion rights in the midterm elections.

RELIGION AND STATE


The conservative Supreme Court will likely continue to erode religion-state separation. Biden’s bans on discrimination in healthcare for LGBTQ+ people face a rash of legal roadblocks. Less than two weeks into 2022, legislators in seven U.S. states have already filed legislation attempting to restrict the rights of trans people.

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BEYOND THE CORE



Former President Obama pens an op-ed-- the first since he left office-- about the necessity of passing legislation to protect voting rights. The DOJ is forming a new domestic terrorism unit to address the growing threat. The Energy Department is hiring 1,000 staffers to work on climate change in their new Clean Energy Corps.

POLITICAL BYTE


Play virtual mini-golf to see how politicians tilt elections using district maps. The RNC falsely claims that the Commission on Presidential Debates is partisan and threatens to bar candidates from participating in official presidential debates. ‘Let’s Go, Brandon’ goes from a vulgar meme to a campaign ad. Read how a republican joke became one candidate’s tactic for reaching the GOP masses.

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FYI



Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) explains the double standards and politics behind her choice to stop coloring her hair. Prince Charles announces a major project to memorialize Holocaust survivors through portraits that will be displayed in Buckingham Palace. Here are 22 ways to celebrate Tu Bishvat, the Jewish new year of the trees.

The Last Word

“I believe that the threat to our democracy is so grave that we must find a way to pass these voting-rights bills. Debate them. Vote. Let the majority prevail.”


— President Biden, in remarks on voting rights in Atlanta

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Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) is a pro-Israel PAC with a domestic agenda. We support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and advocate for reproductive health and the separation of religion and state and incorporate other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including gun violence prevention and climate change. In addition to providing financial support for U.S. Senate and House campaigns, JACPAC educates our membership with outreach events designed to inform and activate their participation in the political process.

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