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January 21, 2022

What's On Our Mind ...

Tomorrow is the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This year’s commemoration will be a solemn occasion, as the fate of that life-changing decision hangs in the balance. The solidly anti-choice majority on the SCOTUS will most likely strike down Roe, dealing a consequential blow to women for generations to come.

We will be living in a country where it will be illegal to exercise our own reproductive health care decisions unless you live in one of the few states where they have passed protections. A world without Roe is dangerous, punitive, and misogynistic.

Research shows that abortion access profoundly affects women’s lives by determining if, when, and how they become mothers, outcomes which then reverberate throughout their lives. This can impact marriage, educational goals, labor force participation, and earnings.

But women don’t give up, even when faced with defeat and despair. It took a decades-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the U.S. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus and launched a Civil Rights movement that changed our country for the better. Throughout American history, women have stood up, fought, led, and dragged our country forward toward the more perfect union we know we can be.

Even though we have marched, our greater strength is our political muscle. Nearly 10 million more women are registered to vote than men. Women have been voting at higher rates than men in every presidential election since 1980. Women won the election for Biden and many of our other candidates in 2020.

Women, however, have still not matched their voting commitment with political giving and involvement. Men outpaced women when it came to donating to campaigns and running for office. Now, at a time when our most basic rights are being threatened, we must reverse this. JAC began with a mission to enable women to be part of the political process through their own giving. We have a greater voice when we donate to candidates who champion the issues we care about.

Celebrate Roe by making a donation today to JAC’s top pro-choice candidates (Click here). Grab your friends and family and get involved in elections. Local elections are just as important as the national elections. Become a voter registrar. There are no political forces, Senate rules, courts, or legislatures that can take away our determination and passion. We just have to use it.


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Wednesday, Jan. 26

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In the News

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Mansour Abbas broke a longstanding taboo when he led his Arab party into Israel's governing coalition last year. The bold move appears to be paying off. Turkey's President is planning a visit with Israel's President, signaling efforts to foster closer relations with Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Bennett offered to host a Russia-Ukraine mediation summit — an initiative prompted by Kyiv, but rejected by Moscow.


In the wake of the Colleyville attack, five senators push for increased security funding for houses of worship and faith-based nonprofits. Read Deborah Lipstadt's op-ed in the NYT about how Jews are feeling increasingly vulnerable in the U.S. Read JAC-member Samantha Joseph's reflections on the Texas attack, as the daughter of a Rabbi, and protecting our right to pray safely.

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49 years have passed since SCOTUS issued its ruling in Roe — a lot has changed. People of color are losing their access to the ballot at the same time the constitutional right to an abortion is coming to an end. It's all connected. SCOTUS deals another procedural setback to opponents of the Texas abortion law, dragging the legal battle on for much longer.


Justice Gorsuch blasted a city in Virginia for looking into the religious practices of a church after it requested a property tax exemption for two of its ministers. President Biden released a proclamation for Religious Freedom Day. A Tennessee couple is suing the state's Department of Children's Services after they were denied services by a state-funded program because of their Judaism.

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The Trace considers whether the Texas abortion ban "bounty" could be used to restrict firearms. After the latest setback in the Senate, here are three lessons for the voting rights struggle going forward. Behind closed doors, Justice Clarence Thomas's wife is working with many groups directly involved in controversial cases before the Court.


President Biden reflects on his first year in office. After months of map-drawing, some Republicans are urging the party to be ruthless with congressional redistricting. An obscure provision of the Constitution that barred members of the Confederacy from holding political office is back in the national conversation — and some are hoping it can keep Trump and his allies off the ballot.

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New research tracks ancient artifacts looted by the Nazis. American Jews prepare for a Shabbat in the shadow of Colleyville. The Pfizer CEO was awarded the Genesis Prize for the development of the covid-19 vaccine.

The Last Word

"We are shaken. We are not OK. But we will bounce back. We are resilient because we cannot afford not to be. That resiliency is part of the Jewish DNA. Without it, we would have disappeared centuries ago. We refuse to go away. But we are exhausted."

— Dr. Deborah Lisptadt, in an op-ed to the NYT about Colleyville

Call Ted Cruz at 202-224-3121 and urge him and his colleagues to confirm her as U.S. Envoy to Combat and Monitor Anti-Semitism. He has been holding up her confirmation since July.


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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