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June 19, 2020 
This week the nation's highest court handed down two critical rulings that will impact millions of peoples lives. They did their job, absence of politics.

Earlier in the week, the Supreme Court ruled that LGTBQ people cannot be discriminated in the workplace. Yesterday, the Court blocked Trump's attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This was an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

The Court plays an essential role in ensuring that each branch of government recognizes the limits of its own power. It protects civil rights and liberties by striking down laws that violate the Constitution. The Supreme Court holds our democracy together. 

When we vote for a president, we are voting for our Supreme Court justices. The president nominates a Supreme Court judge and the Senate confirms that judge for a life time term.

We hope that these judges will hear cases with unbiased views and evaluate the cases based on law. But President Trump has nominated judges solely on their right-wing political leaning. These judges, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, are outside the judicial mainstream and are closely associated with the conservative Federalist Society. More often than not, judicial neutrality cannot be achieved.  

But this week Trump's judges ruled contrary to him. We will celebrate our victories when we can because we know that the battles over abortion rights and gun safety may not come down in our favor.

Today, on June 19th, our country commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Sadly racism and bigotry still exist in our country. But nevertheless, we still continue our quest for a more perfect union. We count on all of our courts now more than ever to guarantee life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as prescribed in the Constitution to all - African Americans, LGTBQ, children of immigrants and everyone else living in our country. 

Courts matter.
Tuesday, June 23
Turning Texas Purple 
A Virtual Conversation with
Gina Ortiz Jones
Candidate for TX-23
3:00 pm CT |4:00 pm ET | 1:00 pm PT
Monday, July 20 
Rep. Jan Schakowsky's 19th Annual
Ultimate Women's Power Lunch
Keynote Speakers Include:
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago
12:30 pm
Note invited by JACPAC in the RSVP box
Virtual Events to Support Joe Biden for President
Tuesday, June 23
Grassroots Fundraiser with President Obama
5:15 pm ET | 4:15 pm CT | 2:15 pm PT
Low donation event!
Wednesday, June 24
Virtual Conversation with Samantha Power
4:00 pm ET | 3:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm PT
Thursday, June 25
Jewish Women for Joe presents
What's Next for America's Students?
Education in the Era of COVID & Beyond
12:00 pm ET | 11:00 am CT| 9:00 am PT
No donation required!
Monday, June 29
ADA 30th Anniversary Virtual Reception with
Jill Biden, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Lynda Carter, & Tony Coelho
7:00 pm ET | 6:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm PT
Tuesday, June 30
Virtual Conversation about Hope & Democracy
with Vice President Joe Biden
moderated by Mark Hamill
Time TBA
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Jordanian FM Warns of 'Long and Violent' Conflict If Israel Pursues Annexation

Israeli annexation plans in the West Bank pose an "unprecedented danger" and could spark a "long and violent" conflict, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi warned during a rare visit to Ramallah.  Jordan's top diplomat traveled by helicopter to the West Bank headquarters of the Palestinian Authority for talks with PA President Mahmoud Abbas "If annexation occurs, it will kill the two-state solution and destroy all the foundations on which the peace process was based. It will deprive the residents of the region of their right to live in peace and stability," he said.
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Trump's Nazi Triangle Post the Latest in a Series of Seeming Dog Whistles

A red triangle. The number 14. The number 88.  President Trump has again provided fodder for the critics who have accused him of using Nazi and anti-Semitic symbols to signal his sympathies with white nationalist supporters.  His campaign posted the latest example on Facebook: an ad featuring an inverted red triangle - used by Nazis to denote political prisoners in concentration camps. Its first sentence had 14 words, which could be a reference to the 14-word credo of white supremacists. And and the campaign ran it  88 times.  "H" is the eighth letter of the alphabet, and white supremacists use the number "88" to mean "Heil Hitler."
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Will the Supreme Court Strike a Devastating Blow to Abortion Rights?
In  its first major test on abortion since President Trump appointed conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court is expected to render a decision soon that will signal to state lawmakers how far they can go in restricting abortion access. How the Court comes down on the case could also serve as an indicator of its willingness to dial back reproductive rights going forward.
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Trump's Effort to Resist Gay Rights Runs Into His Supreme Court Pick

Donald Trump ran for president four years ago with a conflicted message on gay rights meant to simultaneously broaden his appeal and fire up his base. He said he would "seriously consider" a Supreme Court justice who would once again outlaw same-sex marriage. But the court's decision Monday to extend workplace protections to gay and transgender employees underscored the significant challenge Trump will face as he continues to try to play both sides of the rapidly evolving issue during his reelection campaign.
Trump Is About to Land His 200th Judge, a Lasting Legacy Poised to Reshape U.S. Law

Justin Walker epitomizes the conservative judicial project. He became a federal judge at 37 with sterling right-wing credentials and no trial experience. Eight months later, he has been promoted to the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a frequent feeder to the Supreme Court.  Walker's confirmation by a Senate vote of 51-42 puts President Donald Trump one shy of his 200th  judicial confirmation , which is teed up for next week. It's a number not achieved by any president at this stage of his administration in four decades.
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It's Not Just Trump-the GOP Is Getting Crueler and Crazier

The result this past weekend in VA's 5th congressional district GOP primary, where first term Rep. Denver Riggleman lost to Bob Good, a Christian-sharia-loving, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant bigot, is just the latest example of where the GOP is heading with or without Trump. 
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More Republicans Back Biden in Unprecedented Rebuke of a Sitting President 
A growing number of Republicans are abandoning their own party to publicly back Democrat Joe Biden for president in an unprecedented rebuke of a sitting president.  The coordinated efforts far surpass the high-profile defections that occurred during Donald Trump's candidacy in 2016 and come amid his plummeting public support and intense scrutiny of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and police reform protests, both major domestic crises.
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Trump's COVID Data Crunchers See Coronavirus Racing Down America's Major Highways
Doctors behind a COVID-modeling study used by the president's coronavirus task force are now warning that virus hot spots are beginning to converge and jump from county to county as people increase their travel for work and summer vacation.  According to doctors working on a  study  put together by PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the virus is moving along major highways and interstates-such I-10 in California, I-85 in the south and I-95 on the East Coast-as states continue to reopen their economies.
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The Chef Who Blends Kosher and Soul Talks Juneteenth, Food as a Form of Resistance    
For chef and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty, studying the food of the past doesn't just uncover what people used to eat; it reveals the stories they wanted to tell.  "When you talk about people surviving to the next day or the next decade, what you're talking about is them making a commitment to their descendants," Twitty said. He was talking about the generations of enslaved people who lived, labored, and died in antebellum America, for whom cooking was one of the few ways to preserve, adapt and pass down their traditions.
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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 We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.

The Last Word
"F reedom isn't freedom without the right to vote and voter suppression disproportionately affects Black Americans. "

-- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
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