June 22, 2018
Former JAC President Gail Yamner and fellow JAC members at an event to support Kathy Manning for U.S. Congress in NC-13.
JAC interns are ready to march to demand the administration stop the separation of children at the border. (l to r: Zoe Kaufman, Naomi White, Taylor Shuman, Sydney Box)
JAC members met with Lauren Baer, candidate for U.S. Congress in FL-18, at the JAC office.
JACII Chicago met for cocktails and candidate conversation in Chicago this week. Be sure to check out upcoming events listed below.
Innocent, helpless children are being used for political gain by Donald Trump and the Republican party.

More than 2,000 children, as young as two-years-old, have been ripped from their parents at the border and held in detention camps. By July, that number could rise to 30,000 despite the GOP immigration "compromise" plans and Trump's executive order. There are no plans to reunite these children with family members.

According to the American Psychological Association, traumatic events that these children are experiencing at the border can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health disorders that can cause long lasting effects.

The Administration's inhumane immigration policy is counter to our Jewish American values. As a Jewish community, we understand these immigrants' strong desire to escape persecution in their homeland, at great risk, to build a better life for their families.

Trump's insensitivity to children was further underscored this week. The GOP pushed passage of a Farm bill, which cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This will be catastrophic for the 16 million children who rely on this program to help meet their basic food needs. Reducing poverty and providing access to the basics such as food, housing, and medical care is critical to the well-being of children.

We have a moral obligation to stand up for those that cannot.

What can you do?

Support JAC-endorsed candidates that are compassionate towards children and those in need.

Attend a Families Together Rally on Saturday, June 30. Click here to find an event near you.

Click here to send supplies to immigrant children separated from their families.

Elections matter. Elections have consequences.


Call Congress TODAY
Tell them to END 'ZERO-Tolerance' and to vote NO on Paul Ryans cruel immigration bill.
Speaker Ryan's bill would:
  • Offer harmful policies disguised as fixes
  • Continue the separation of families at the border
  • Hold Dreamers hostage in exchange for Trump's border wall and anti-immigration demands.
Make your voice heard now. Tell the House and Senate we object to these cruel fake fixes to our immigration system.  We demand a true bipartisan immigration reform package, the reunification of those families already separated, and an end to the current zero-tolerance policy.

#WhereAreTheBabies #WhereAreTheGirls #FamiliesBelongTogether #TakeActionNotChildren 
U.S. Withdraws from U.N. Human Rights Council over Perceived Bias Against Israel
The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday in protest of what it perceives as an entrenched bias against Israel and a willingness to allow notorious human rights abusers as members   
Trump's Palestinian Aid-for-Peace Moves Face Tough Challenges

The U.S. thinks its emerging plan to settle the Arab-Israeli conflict will have a better chance to succeed if the teetering Palestinian economy is shored up, but that's no easy task. While President Donald Trump strives to end the conflict with the "deal of the century," there is no evidence that focusing on the Palestinian economy would boost his peace mission's seemingly dim chances of success.   
Hamas Paid Family of 8-Month-Old to Say She Died During Gaza Border Clashes 

Hamas paid the family of an 8-month-old baby to say she died during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops, a family member said. Mahmoud Omar, 20, told Israeli investigators that his 8-month-old cousin Layla al-Ghandour died of a blood disease, the same disease the baby's brother died from a year earlier. The death of the baby inflamed Palestinian passions and led to a deluge of condemnation against Israel for what critics call its heavy-handed response to the border protests.  
Antisemitism at the United Nations Cannot Be Ignored
It was just another day at the office for UN officials. As it has done innumerable times in the last 50 years, on June 12 the General Assembly devoted an entire day of debate, procedural wrangling, and voting to an effort to condemn Israel. As was the case with almost every previous effort of this kind, it succeeded.
Charlottesville Organizer Gets Approval for 'White Civil Rights' Rally near White House
Jason Kessler, the white supremacist who organized last summer's deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is planning to mark the anniversary with an event in D.C.'s Lafayette Square, right across from the White House.
Israel Creates Hate Net Map of BDS Groups, Linking Activists to Terrorists
Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan detailed on Tuesday night links between organizations involved in the global boycott movement against Israel and Palestinian terrorist groups, alleging that the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), Hamas and the Palestinian Authority all have connections with radical, anti-Israel organizations. "The perpetrators of this hate-filled campaign, who derive their ideology from the PA and Hamas, are united in their goal of attacking Israel, and are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts," said the minister at this year's Global Coalition 4 Israel Forum (GC4I).
Pope Francis Says Abortion to Avoid Birth Defects Is Similar to Nazi Crimes

Pope Francis compared having an abortion to avoid birth defects to the Nazi era idea of trying to create a pure race. Speaking to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome, he also reiterated the Roman Catholic belief that a true human family is comprised of a man and woman.
An Abortion Provider Explains What's Really at Stake with Changes to Title X Funding
Every year, nearly 4 million people rely on the Title X family planning program for birth control, STI testing and treatment, and cancer screenings, among other things. For anyone unfamiliar, this federal grant program funds clinics to help guarantee access to a variety of family planning and preventive health services for primarily low-income people or those who are uninsured.
Trump's Abortion Policy Sheds Light on Ad Hoc Decision-Making
The Trump administration's policy of halting abortions among undocumented minors was established by email through an ad hoc process without formal legal vetting, according to new documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU, which is suing the administration over the policy, made public the December depositions of the director and the deputy director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the HHS office responsible for the care of undocumented minors who enter the country without their parents.
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Evangelicals Push Back on Sessions' Use of Bible Passage to Defend Immigration Policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions used a passage from the Bible to defend a controversial Trump administration immigration policy. Sessions' action is drawing criticism from some evangelicals.      
The White House Bible Study Group That Influenced Trump's Family Separation Policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ignited a public theological debate last week when he used the Bible, specifically Romans 13, to justify the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border. He likely took his cues from the White House Bible Study (WHBS), a weekly Bible study for members of the president's cabinet organized by Ralph Drollinger of Capitol Ministries.  
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The Supreme Court Punted on Gerrymandering, but America's Redistricting Problem Can't Be Fixed by Judges

The Supreme Court decided to return two major redistricting cases back to the lower courts for further proceedings. In other words, it punted on both cases (for now). While the court's decision has doubtless frustrated those who believe we need to find an immediate solution to gerrymandering, there is a silver lining here. The most effective solution for gerrymandering does not involve the courts, but it will also not be easy.
Gun Accessories Will No Longer Be Advertised to Minors, Says Facebook

As the topic of gun control in the United States becomes more heated, Facebook has announced that it's limiting adverts for gun accessories to just adults. Minors will no longer see such ads on the site, the company has now confirmed.
If the Supreme Court Won't Protect Voting Rights, Democrats Will

It was that ever-so-common secret in politics - the one everyone knows but no one is supposed to talk about. The fact is, preventing people from voting has arguably been a key part of the Republican playbook for decades - from voter roll purges to discriminatory voter ID laws. And that playbook just got a huge boost from the conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued an opinion allowing Ohio's aggressive voting roll purges under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).  
Behind Trump's Plan to Overhaul the Government: Scaling Back the Safety Net
President Trump, spurred on by conservatives who want him to slash safety net programs, unveiled a plan to overhaul the federal government that could have a profound effect on millions of poor and working-class Americans. The plan would reshuffle social welfare programs in a way that would make them easier to cut, scale back or restructure, according to several administration officials involved in the planning.
All Elections Have Consequences. 2018's Are Huge.
After one of the most consequential weeks of the Trump presidency (the furor over, and then the reversal of, the administration's family separation policy), it's worth a reminder about just how big the stakes are for the midterm elections - and which party ultimately controls Congress after November.
Analysis: The Wrong Fight at the Wrong Time for the GOP
Today, when jobs are relatively plentiful and Americans feel upbeat about the economy, people have time to think about other issues and problems - such as health care, gun control and how people should be treated. The controversy over separating children from their parents, like the White House's response to school shootings, helps push quality of life to the fore of this election cycle, taking voters' attention away from the economy.
5 Must-Know Facts About Prince William's Historic Visit to Israel
Prince William will soon embark on a historic visit to Israel. During the trip, which also includes stops in Jordan and the West Bank, Britain's Duke of Cambridge will visit important sites in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.  
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.

Chicago's JAC II will be hosting a Brunch for Baer for Lauren Baer, candidate for FL-18, on Sunday August 5th. An all you can eat breakfast & adult beverages - proceeds to support Lauren Baer for Congress. Details to follow.

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 [email protected]. We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.
The Last Word
"Kids in cages. That's the Trump approach to immigration."  

Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-IL)
Blue Illinois Fundraiser
Sean Casten, Brendan Kelly,  
Besty Dirksen Londrigan & Lauren Underwood 
Illinois candidates for U.S. Congress 
Tuesday, June 26
5:30 - 7 pm  
Mastro 's Steakhouse
520 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 
Call the JAC office for details 847.433.5999
Coffee & Conversation with 
Kathy Manning
(candidate for U.S. House NC-13)  
Wednesday, June 27
4 pm
JAC Office 
Highland Park, IL
Call the JAC office for details 847.433.5999 

Reception for
Representative Robin Kelly (IL-2)
Thursday, June 28
6:30-8:00 pm
Evanston, IL
Reception for
Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10)
Thursday, June 28
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Glencoe, IL
Call the JAC office for details: 847.433.5999  
Nationwide day of action to oppose the administration's policy of  
child separation from parents and no-tolerance at the border.  
 Saturday, June 30
Find a rally near you here 
Reception & Comedy Show Honoring
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)  
Friday, July 13
5:00 pm
Chicago, IL
Click here for details or call the JAC office:
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