July 12, 2019
WEEK IN REVIEW COMMENTARY
Freedom of speech got a thumbs up from a federal appeals court this week. The court ruled that Trump violated the First Amendment in blocking his critics on Twitter. Because the President uses his Twitter account for official government business, the court rightfully decided that blocking those who disagree with him amounts to the unconstitutional act of viewpoint discrimination.  
 
Trump has a pattern of using tactics to silence those who disagree with him. He denigrates his critics in the media, dismisses unfavorable coverage as "fake news,"   and limits journalists access to the White House and other events if they don't agree with him.

This week Trump held a "social media summit"   that featured many far-right conspiracy theorists and hoaxers. Sebastian Gorka was a prominent guest at the summit and whom Trump publicly praised for doing a "good job." Gorka, Trump's former national security aide, has a history of making inflamatory , Islamophobic statements and also has deep ties to a racist, anti-semitic party in Hungary.  

During the White House summit Trump gave a disturbing explanation of his views on the First Amendment. He argued mainstream media is not free speech. "To me free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposefully write bad. To me that's very dangerous speech... that's not free speech," he said.

Trump's authoritarian impulses extend even further than his apparent disdain for free speech. His administration also seeks to circumvent the rule of law and Constitutionally mandated checks and balances. Recently, he has prevented Congress from carrying out their Constitutional oversight responsibilities, instructing members of his administration not to comply with subpoenas.  

This week, he attempted to subvert a Supreme Court decision to block the addition of a citizenship question in the 2020 census. He wants to use an executive order to further abuse his powers and sidestep the constitutional checks and balances in our country.  

If you care about free speech, the importance of checks and balances, and the sanctity of our Constitution, then we each must take a critical role in electing candidates to Congress who will fight for these values. We need a House and Seante that will stand up to Trump's dangerous policies. 
 
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Source: The Hill
  • The Trump administration just announced more immigration raids beginning this weekend. These raids will tear families apart.
  • Join immigrant rights organizations and activists to protest the inhumane treatment of migrants at the border and the administration's destructive policies
  • Protests will be held in cities across the country this weekend.
Find more information and protest locations
 here.

#EndFamilyDetention #ThisIsNotUs
ISRAEL
The U.S. Is Worried About China's Investments-This Time in Israel
  
U.S. national-security officials have for years warned developing nations about the dangers of allowing Chinese investment in their countries. But now the Defense Department is worried about China's investments in one of America's closest allies, Israel. China's ultimate aim, defense officials fear, is the same as the one it has pursued in Africa, East Asia, and elsewhere: to chip away at America's influence.
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ANTI-SEMITISM & BDS
Florida Principal Reassigned After Refusing to Call the Holocaust a 'Factual, Historic Event'

A Florida high school principal was removed from his job and reassigned Monday after writing in an email to a parent that he couldn't "say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event." The decision to remove the principal came amid a firestorm of criticism and after he had apologized - and even after he spent a few days at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
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CHOICE
Appeals Court Denies Demands to Halt Trump Abortion Referral 'Gag Rule'
 
A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that the Trump administration can proceed with its overhaul of the Title X family planning program, setting aside demands to halt a recent decision allowing the administration to enforce a "gag rule" for abortion referrals.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against emergency petitions that sought to block the rule from taking effect while the changes are being challenged in court.
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SEPARATION
Mike Pompeo Unveils Panel to Examine 'Unalienable Rights'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday unveiled a new Commission on Unalienable Rights, a panel he said is aimed at providing him with "an informed review of the role of human rights in American foreign policy."  The panel will be headed up by Mary Ann Glendon. She is a social conservative who has been a prominent anti-abortion voice, which could lend credence to the concerns among human rights activists that the commission is a ploy to undercut LGBTQ and women's rights under the guise of religious liberty.
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BEYOND THE CORE
How to Dramatically Reduce Gun Violence in American Cities
 
A new book, Bleeding Out, by a criminal justice scholar   presents a vision for dealing with urban violence by fundamentally rethinking how law enforcement and other government resources are used - a cost-effective solution that could save lives, while being more palatable to both political parties than sweeping gun control.
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POLITICAL BYTE
Now US Couples Are More Willing to Disagree on Faith Than Politics

For decades, religion was considered a divisive issue for prospective couples, but now religious belief is taking a back seat to politics. According to recent surveys from the Pew Research Center 30 percent of Americans are married to someone from a different religion, but only 10 percent of Republicans and Democrats have stepped on the other side of the political aisle to wed. In short, American couples appear much more likely to tolerate religious differences than political ones.
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FYI
Manchin Pushes to Withhold Funding for 2026 World Cup Until US Women's Team Gets Equal Pay
 
JAC II
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.
 
Tuesday, July 18
(PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE) 
JACII Detroit - Abortion Access in Michigan 
featuring 
State Senator Mallory McMorrow 
The Michigan legislature has passed a ban on a common second semester termination procedure - D&E. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vowed to veto this bill, but it is critical we all know what is at stake in this ongoing fight.
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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.

The Last Word
"Your [Trump] message is excluding people. You're excluding me, you're excluding people that look like me, you're excluding people of color... You have an incredible responsibility as the chief of this country to take care of every single person, and you need to do better for everyone."

-Megan Rapinoe, U.S. Women's Soccer Captain
  
Saturday, July 13
 Show support for detainees on our southern border
11 am
Port Clinton Square
Highland Park, IL 
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Thursday, July 18
JACII Detroit
featuring
State Senator Mallory McMorrow
Join us to discuss the fight over abortion access in Michigan
Metro-Detroit Area
Address upon RSVP
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Sunday, July 21 
Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL)
4-5:30 pm
Chicago
Call the JAC office for details
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Thursday, July 25 
Congressional Candidate
 Kristine Schanbacher (D-IL)
5:30 pm - 7 pm
Chicago
Call the JAC office for details
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Wednesday, July 31
Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA)
Chicago
Call the JAC office for details
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Want to host a JAC event? Contact the office and we will help organize it.
info@jacpac.org or 847.433.5999
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