June 5, 2020 
As we end an incredibly painful week in America, we are further reminded about the work and healing we need to do to repair and improve our country and to finally end systemic racism. We are hurting as a nation and in our communities. Our spirit is bruised and battered.

We have seen these graphic images again and again. Each time it fills us with pain and renewed calls for change. Yet we are left frustrated and feeling hopeless, just waiting for the next horrific event to rip at our souls.

Although the violence almost drowned out the voices of the protesters, people of all ages did peacefully take to the streets across the country to stand in solidarity, saying they care and we must do better.

Change is difficult and slow. At times we inch forward, then retreat. Today we seem more stalled than ever before. Our country is divided and angry.

We stand on the edge of the most critical election of our lifetime. Our democracy is stretched thin. Bigotry and hatred is choking us off from each other. If we don't change directions, the divide will become insurmountable.

Today, it is easy to become disillusioned and tired. But we can't. Despair will not lead us out of this dark period. Four more years of the same will cause irrevocable damage to our country.

In November we can begin a new chapter in our history. We can make the ground thunder with our vote.

There are 435 House races, 35 Senate races, 11 Governor races, 7 Secretary of State races, 10 Attorney General races and more than 19,000 various municipal races. Each of these elections is consequential . Pick a race. Get involved. Don't sit on the sidelines.

Become a postcard political activist. Join with JAC on Tuesday, June 9 at 3 pm CST and learn to send out GOTV postcards. (Click here to RSVP.) Postcards are easy, quick and effective.

Call your Representative and Senators and urge them to pass a comprehensive package to deal with the excessive use of force and racial profiling in police departments nationwide.

This is our moment.


Tuesday, June 9
Virtual Event: The Power of Postcards
3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Thursday, June 11
Virtual JAC Fundraiser for
Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN)
1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Sunday, June 14
Sit at JAC's "Table"
Women for Brad in support of
Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10)
11:00 am CT


Tuesday, June 9
Virtual Reception with Vice President Joe Biden & 
Sen. Kamala Harris
Time TBA

Wednesday, June 10
Jewish Women for Joe 
Issues & Answers - Voter Protection
Reyna Walters-Morgan - DNC Director of Voter Protection
Cori Flam - Florida Voter Protection Team & Statewide Co-Counsel
1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT
*Donations not required*

Thursday, June 11
Women for Biden & Women's Leadership Forum 
Virtual Conversation
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Connie Britton, 
and Alyssa Mastromonaco
7:30 pm ET |6:30 pm CT | 4:30 pm PT

Thursday, June 11
A Fabulous Evening with Vice President Joe Biden 
Barbra Streisand, John Legend, Andra Day, 
Jennifer Hudson, & Jay Leno
8:00 pm ET | 7:00 pm CT | 5:00 pm PT
Details here

Wednesday, June 17
Fireside Chat about the
Future of American Foreign Policy
Sec. John Kerry, Sec. Madeleine Albright, & Sen. Chris Coons
7:00 pm ET


Please note: Login links for Biden for President events are sent out directly by the campaign. 

Watch your inbox for more online events.
58% of Israelis Believe West Bank Annexation Could Lead to a 3rd Palestinian Uprising, Survey Finds

Half of the Israeli public supports applying Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank, a new survey found, while 58 percent of respondents believe unilateral annexation by Israel could lead to a third Palestinian intifada.  Twenty-five prevent of Israelis support annexation with the support of the United States, and the same percentage said they support such a move even without the backing of the Trump administration, according to the Israeli Voice Index monthly survey conducted   by the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute.
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President Trump Signs Never Again Education Act to Promote Holocaust Education 

President Trump has signed the Never Again Education Act into law.  The act will authorize the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to create educational materials about the Holocaust to be used as education resources to teachers and educators.  "This legislation will help ensure that future generations know and remember the tragic history of the Holocaust, reflect accurately on how evil and intolerance briefly overcame humanity, and how the strong march of American-led freedom across Europe ended the genocide of the Jewish people," Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.
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As the FDA Continues to Restrict Remote Abortion Access, Doctors Are Fighting Back
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over its refusal to loosen outdated restrictions on medication abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic. But some advocates are pushing a workaround, arguing that the FDA rules don't actually prevent providers from sending abortion pills through the mailIt's not the only way the pandemic has prodded doctors to ease the process for telemedicine abortion, eliminating some of the in-person visits usually required even for patients trying to access care remotely.
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'The Bible Is Not a Prop': Religious Leaders, Lawmakers Outraged Over Trump Church Visit

Lawmakers and religious leaders - including the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington - voiced outrage after police used tear gas against peaceful protesters outside the White House before President Donald Trump's photo op at nearby St. John's Episcopal Church on Monday evening.
Bishop Mariann Budde said that Trump held up the Bible in front of St. John's "as if it were a prop or an extension of his military and authoritarian position."
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Why Police Can Violate Your Constitutional Rights and Suffer No Consequences in Court

In theory, qualified immunity shields government officials from lawsuits involving novel legal claims. As the Supreme Court held in  Harlow v. Fitzgerald  (1982), "government officials performing discretionary functions, generally are shielded from liability for civil damages insofar as their conduct does not violate clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known." In practice, however, qualified immunity can protect truly egregious conduct by police. As the Supreme Court put it in  Malley v. Briggs  (1986), qualified immunity "provides ample protection to all but the plainly incompetent or those who knowingly violate the law."
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Obama Sees Hope in Protests: "There Is Something Different Here"

On a Wednesday afternoon livestream, President Obama delivered an optimistic message about the protests gripping the nation in response to police violence: "There is a change in mindset that's taking place," he said.  In a town hall, organized through My Brother's Keeper, an initiative he launched as president, Obama acknowledged that while the last few weeks have been "difficult, uncertain, and scary," we are also living through "an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened" to the ongoing reality of  structural racism -"the result of a long history of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and redlining."
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We Are a Nation Furious at Injustice. 
These last few days have laid bare that we are a nation furious at injustice. Every person of conscience can understand the rawness of the trauma people of color experience in this country, from the daily indignities to the extreme violence, like the horrific killing of George Floyd.  Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It's an utterly American response. But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. 
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Malaria Drug Promoted by Trump Did Not Prevent COVID Infections, Study Finds
The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine did not prevent Covid-19 in a rigorous study of 821 people who had been exposed to patients infected with the virus, researchers from the University of Minnesota and Canada are reporting. The study was the first large controlled clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that President Trump has repeatedly promoted and recently taken himself
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Israeli Films Included in Cannes Official Lineup    
The Cannes Film Festival, one of the most important in the world, will not take place as usual this year, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but it announced the lineup for its 73rd edition on Wednesday evening and two Israeli films have made the cutBeing selected for the festival this year means that the film can be promoted as an "Official Cannes Selection," which confers prestige and can help the film acquire distribution and attract audiences.  Fifty-six films were chosen out of more than 2,000 submissions.
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 info@jacpac.org. We will be happy to help organize a JACII in your city.

The Last Word
"It will take more than talk. We've had talk before. We've had protests before.  Let us vow to make this, at last, an era of action to reverse systemic racism with long overdue and concrete changes.
That action will not be completed in the first 100 days of my Presidency -- or even an entire term.  It is the work of a generation."

-- Joe Biden
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