June 29, 2018
JAC met with JAC member Kathy Manning, Congressional candidate in NC-13, at our office in Highland Park. (l to r: Marcia Balonick, Annette Lidawer, Kathy Manning, Hollis Wein, Taylor Shuman, Sydney Box)
Jill Zipin delivered JAC support to Chrissy Houlahan, Congressional candidate for PA-6.
Marcia Balonick with Brendan Kelly, Congressional candidate in IL-12.
Ann Lewis delivered JAC support to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23).
We knew this day - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement -  was coming. We have been waiting in fear. We don't know who his replacement will be, but we do know the nominee will be an extreme conservative committed to Donald Trump's anti-woman, anti-family and anti-immigration agenda.

Trump has promised to appoint justices who will overturn Roe v Wade. He was good to his word. Justice Neil Gorsuch's appointment was the beginning of the end to women's legal right to have an abortion. Kennedy, was a swing vote in that landmark case. Trump will make sure the next justice is firmly committed to overturning Roe.

The legality of abortion will then be up to individual states, which most likely will uphold a ban. Based on the amount and degree of anti-choice legislation coming from the state houses, women's reproductive freedom will not be protected on the state level.

With effectively no check on Trump's ability to control the destiny of the court, the far right could assert its ideological power for a generation. (1) Every issue you care about will be impacted. Our country will be permanently changed for the worse with a court that will cater to Trump's ideology.

Trump will leave a damaging, lingering mark on our nation, even after he leaves office. From women's rights to voting rights to same-sex marriage, every issue is under attack. No protection is guaranteed.

This week we have been focused on the Supreme Court. However, Trump has been nominating at a record pace judges to the Circuit Court. These judges, who are predominately white and male, also serve for life. He is dramatically remaking American's courts to reflect his dangerous, extreme ideology.

More than 80 years ago, President Howard Taft said, "Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever."  

Congress, however, does not. Every two years, we have a chance to make a change. In November, we must put the breaks on Trump's determination to weaken our country's democracy. Our only hope is to change the Senate and House.

"This is a moment that calls on all of us to stand up," said Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL). "We have to win back the House (and Senate). There isn't any other way to right the wrongs."

Elections matter. Elections have consequences.

Check your voter registration today here. Make sure your voice is heard.

Source: (1) Vanity Fair
TAKE ACTION
The next Justice could mean Roe v Wade WILL end


Call the Senate TODAY 
Tell them to vote NO on any nominee who opposes Roe v Wade and the right to safe, legal abortion.
202.224.3121 
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President Trump campaigned on the promise to nominate anti-choice justices to the Supreme Court, and now is his chance. He holds the balance of the Court in his hands.
  • The courts are our last line of defense
  • The Supreme Court is the ultimate backstop against policies that restrict reproductive rights
  • Trump has promised to overturn Roe v Wade and HE COULD DO IT
  • Marriage equality, and much more are also at risk
Senators MUST vote for judicial nominees who protect reproductive rights, not attack them. Tell your Senators to vote NO on any nominee who will not protect our rights. 
 
202.224.3121 
 
Then tweet to Senator McConnell:
 
@SenateMajLdr Follow your own rule: No #SCOTUS nominees in an election year. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice." #SenateTradition 
 
#SaveSCOTUS #CourtsMatter #ReproRights  
 
ISRAEL
Rival Palestinian Leaderships Divided over Gaza-Cyprus Port Proposal  
The rival Palestinian leaderships in the West Bank and Gaza Strip reacted in contradictory fashion to a reported Israeli offer geared towards alleviating the humanitarian plight in the Hamas-ruled enclave. According to an Israeli television report, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has advanced a proposal to build a port in Cyprus that would serve as a hub for the transfer of goods to blockaded Gaza. The plan is contingent on Gaza's Islamist rulers returning to Israel the bodies of two soldiers killed during the 2014 war, in addition to three living Israelis being held captive by Hamas.    
Israel Transferred Aid to Syrians Seeking Refuge Near Border in Overnight Mission  

Army says it provided tons of food, medicine and clothing to Syrians living in makeshift encampments on Golan border, but says will not allow them entry to Israel. Over 300 tents, 13 tons of food, 15 tons of baby formula and three large shipments of medical equipment and clothing had been delivered, according to the IDF.   
Citibank and Arab Bank Stop Service to NGO with Links to Terrorism  

The United Kingdom Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) announced that their organization succeeded in stopping the Defense for Children International Palestine (DCI-P) - a NGO accused of close links to a Palestinian terrorism entity from receiving donations by bank transfers from Citibank and Arab Bank PLC. The U.S., the E.U. and Israel have classified the PFLP as a terrorist organization. 
ANTI-SEMITISM & BDS
ADL Study: White Supremacist Propaganda on U.S. College Campuses Jumps 77 Percent
 
There was a precipitous 77% increase in the dissemination of white supremacist propaganda on US college campuses this year, according to new data published by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The ADL's Center on Extremism found 292 cases of white supremacist propaganda on campuses during the 2017-2018 academic year, compared to 165 the previous year. Since 2016, a total of 478 incidents have been recorded on 287 campuses across the U.S.
NC Republicans Withdraw Support for Candidate Who Wrote Jews Are 'the Children of Satan'
 
The North Carolina Republican Party withdrew its support for a candidate for the state's General Assembly over his racist and anti-Semitic statements. Russell Walker, 75, won the Republican primary in May for the General Assembly seat in District 48. "The North Carolina Republican House Caucus and our members will not support Mr. Walker's campaign given his comments and actions," Rep. John Szoka, the conference chairman of the caucus said in a statement.
CHOICE
Supreme Court Ruling May Pave Way for More Faith-Based Pregnancy Centers

The Supreme Court's ruling in favor of anti-abortion clinics in California will make it easier for similar facilities in other states to dissuade women from getting abortions. The court ruled 5-4 that a California law requiring clinics known as "crisis pregnancy centers" to inform women about how to receive low-cost abortions from the state likely violates the First Amendment. 
A Post-Roe World Would Pave the Way for a New Black Market in Abortion Pills
 
The availability of easy-to-administer abortion-inducing pills and the impossibility of stopping their flow from foreign pharmacies would create a situation unlike in previous eras when it was difficult or illegal to terminate pregnancies. Many states already have criminal laws against illegally induced abortions, and women have been prosecuted under these (and anti-fetacide laws) for illegally obtaining and taking pills to induce abortion.
'No Doubt' Abortion Will Be Illegal in 20 States in 18 Months
 
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin had a grim response Wednesday to the news that Justice Anthony Kennedy will be retiring this summer: " Roe v. Wade is doomed." "You are going to see 20 states pass laws banning abortion outright. Just banning abortion. Because they know that there are now going to be five votes on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade."
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SEPARATION
Supreme Court Grants Appeal of Florist Who Refused to Serve Gay Wedding

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday granted the appeal of a Washington state florist who was fined after she refused to sell flowers to a gay couple for their wedding, and the court erased a lower court ruling against her.       
Faith-Based Groups Turn up the Heat on ICE

Even before the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy led to the forced separation of immigrant parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, religious groups cast a jaundiced eye on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.   
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BEYOND THE CORE
"Speechless": Capital Gazette Opinion Page Left Blank After Deadly Shooting

The grieving and the reporting jumbled together for staffers at The Capital Gazette after a fatal shooting at the newspaper, but they were determined to put out the next day's edition. While the front page described the mass shooting in horrific detail, the opinion page offered a starker approach. "Today, we are speechless," the editors wrote. "This page is intentionally left blank today to commemorate victims of Thursday's shootings at our office."
Corporate America Takes Stand on Gun Control

In the wake of high-profile mass shootings, corporate America has been taking a stand against the firearms industry amid a lack of action by lawmakers on gun control. Payment processing firms are limiting transactions, Bank of America stopped providing financing to companies that make AR-style guns, and retailers like Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods imposed age restrictions on gun purchases.
A Huge Stretch of the Arctic Ocean Is Rapidly Turning into the Atlantic. That's Not a Good Sign.

Scientists studying one of the fastest-warming regions of the global ocean say changes in this region are so sudden and vast that in effect, it will soon be another limb of the Atlantic Ocean, rather than a characteristically icy Arctic sea.   
COURT WATCH
It's Not Just Abortion: 5 Issues Likely to Be Affected by Kennedy's Exit
  
When it comes to issues like abortion and affirmative action, it has seemed for years that Justice Anthony Kennedy was holding back the tide. Now, his retirement may unleash a crashing wave. The departure of the relatively moderate Kennedy from an ideologically polarized court has the potential to upend legal precedent on a slew of hot-button issues, but the most significant impact is likely on abortion rights, where Kennedy stood squarely with the court's liberals to defend Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that upheld a woman's right to choose.
Kennedy Exit Gives Trump Chance to Reshape Court for Decades
  
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement on Wednesday, handing President Trump and the GOP Senate an opportunity to shift the nation's high court to the right for decades.
Who's on President Trump's List to Replace Justice Kennedy?
  
The White House has previously circulated names of potential successors. "It will be somebody from that list," President Trump said in remarks at the White House Wednesday afternoon. "We have now boiled it down to about 25 people."
John Roberts Will Probably Be the Supreme Court's Next Swing Justice
  
Chief Justice John Roberts will be the court's new median justice. With a second Supreme Court vacancy in hand and two liberal justices in or approaching their 80s still on the bench, Trump appears poised to exert as much influence on the court as Richard Nixon, who appointed four justices in the space of three years. So if Roberts becomes the median justice next term and Trump gets another chance to expand the court's right wing, Roberts might not stay in the middle for long.
POLITICAL BYTE
Where Is Barack Obama?
  
Barack Obama was six months into his post-White House life when Donald Trump found a new way to grab his attention. It was a Tuesday morning deep in the mid-Atlantic summer, and, feeling a world away from the Pennsylvania Avenue grind, the former president was reading the New York Times on his iPad.
Fact Check: Trump Strays from the Truth Again and Again on Immigration
 
Fact check: Trump strays from the truth again and again on immigration. President Trump is distorting the truth when it comes to the impact of his administration's policy regarding separating children from their parents at the U.S. border.
Senator Blasts Administration for 'Cruelty and Incompetence' After Immigration Briefing
 
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) knocked the Trump administration's effort to reunite migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border following a closed-door briefing with senators this week. "It was clear from my meeting yesterday that the Administration is working harder to stop the court-ordered reunification of these families than returning the kids. In the well-worn words of President Trump: sad," Durbin said in a tweet .
FYI
France to Honor Rights Icon, Holocaust Survivor Simone Veil with Pantheon Burial
 
French Holocaust survivor and women's rights icon Simone Veil will be given the rare honor of burial at the Pantheon in Paris on Sunday, a year and a day after her death at age 89. After surviving Auschwitz she became a tireless crusader for women's rights as well as European reconciliation, securing her biggest political victory in 1974 by convincing parliament to legalize abortion despite fierce opposition. She also became the first elected president of the European Parliament in 1979, a post she held for three years. 
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.

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 info@jacpac.org. We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.
The Last Word
"Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."  

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
      
 
 
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 
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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:
847.433.5999
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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.
Federal law requires political committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation and employer for each individual who contributed to JACPAC. Maximum contribution per person may not exceed $5,000 per calendar year. According to law, JACPAC cannot accept corporate contributions. Membership, gifts, or other payments to JACPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.