July 26, 2019
Congress has adjourned for their annual summer recess.  Our elected officials will travel back to their districts to take a break from the chaos on the Hill and focus on their constituents. They will hold events and town hall meetings. This is your chance for your voice to be heard.

Because they speak for the people, the most important aspect of any member of a representative government, like ours, is that they are accessible to the people whom they represent. This allows them to be of direct service to their constituents and ensures that they are familiar with their issues of concern. Then they can addresses these issues to find solutions in the larger government. (1)

Town halls and office hours are the perfect opportunity for you to urge your officials to support common sense gun legislation. The House has passed expanded background checks. But there is still more that can be done. Unfortunately, the Senate has done NOTHING. They won't even consider funding research into gun violence.

However, the majority of Americans support increasing federal funding for gun violence prevention research. The House recently passed an appropriations bill which included $50 million in funding for the Center for Disease Control and National Institute of Health  to study firearm injury prevention.

Gun violence is a public health crisis in America. We need additional research to guide policy-making. Research and data are integral to prevention. Without adequate resources, researchers are prevented from creating common-sense policies to address this problem.

Research into gun violence receives less funding from the government than research for other major causes of death. Research also suggests that gun violence acts like an infectious disease. If untreated, it spreads within communities from one individual to another.

Tell your Senators you want $50 million dedicated this year to funding gun violence research. The House already approved this amount. Now its time for the Senate to do its job to end gun violence and keep our communities safe.

Gun violence in America is a public health crisis that can be cured.

Click here to find out where a town hall meeting will be held near you.


JAC AROUND TOWN
JAC member Kristine Schanbacher (center left) launched her campaign for
the U.S. House (IL-7) this week with JAC support.

JAC members (l) Nancy Newberger and Barbara Koch (r)
with Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) in Chicago.

ISRAEL
Palestinians Have 'Halted' All Agreements with Israel, Says Abbas    
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced  that the Palestinian leadership has decided to "halt" all agreements signed with Israel. Abbas reached out to Hamas, offering to end the dispute between the movement and his ruling Fatah faction. "We announce the leadership's decision to stop dealing with agreements signed with the Israeli side," Abbas said during an emergency meeting of PA leaders in Ramallah.   
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ANTI-SEMITISM & BDS
House Overwhelmingly Condemns Israel Boycott Movement in Resolution Vote

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly condemned the movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel and endorsed a two state peace process. Rep. Brad Schneider, (D-IL), one of the resolution's lead sponsors, said that bringing a vast majority of the House, including virtually the entire GOP caucus, on board was a major achievement. The House vote on the non-binding resolution was 398-17.   
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CHOICE
Clinics Have Until September to Prove They're Not Referring Women for Abortions
 
The Trump administration is giving almost 4,000 health care clinics around the country until September to prove that they are not referring women for abortions. On Saturday, the administration told health providers that participate in the $286-million federal family planning program known as "Title X" that they have weeks to show they are complying with a new rule, put into effect this week, that clinics receiving Title X funds may not refer patients for abortions. 
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SEPARATION
Gay American Couple Sues State Department over Daughter's Citizenship

A gay U.S. couple is reportedly suing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for discrimination after the State Department denied citizenship to their daughter, who was born in the U.K. with help of a surrogate. The State Department has a policy requiring that children born abroad through assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy must show biological parentage in order to obtain citizenship.   
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BEYOND THE CORE
Justice Ginsburg: 'I Am Very Much Alive'
 
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in an interview that she does not favor proposals put forth by some Democratic presidential candidates who have advocated changing the number of Supreme Court justices if the Democrats win the presidency. Ginsburg, who got herself in trouble criticizing candidate Donald Trump in 2016, this time was critical not of any particular Democratic contender, but of their proposals to offset President Trump's two conservative appointments to the court.  
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POLITICAL BYTE
Congress Fails to Act on Warnings of Foreign Meddling in the 2020 Election

More than two years after Russia interfered in the 2016 election, Robert S. Mueller III warned this week of a direct threat to American democracy - a foreign government meddled in a U.S. election, it will happen again, and Congress needs to defend against it. "They're doing it as we sit here, and they expect to do it in the next campaign," the former special counsel told lawmakers . But with President Trump insisting that Mueller's work is a "ridiculous hoax," a series of legislative proposals aimed at boosting election security were bottled up in the Republican-controlled Senate as lawmakers prepare to leave for their August recess.
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FYI
The Jewish Reporter Who Brought the 1969 Moon Landing into America's Living Rooms
 
In the 1960s, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn were household names, idolized as god-like figures by a public enraptured by NASA's forays into space. There was also Jules Bergman, who almost attained the same fame despite never actually going into space.
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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.
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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
"The story of the 2016 election is also a story about disloyalty to country, about greed and about lies... But worst of all, worse than all of the lies and the greed is the disloyalty to country, for that too continues." 
 
- Rep. Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee  
   
 
Wednesday, July 31
Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA)
Chicago
Call the JAC office for details
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Monday August 5
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
3 pm
Chicago
Call the JAC office for details
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Thursday, October 10
Michigan Membership Meeting
Franklin, MI
Details to follow
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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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