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June 7, 2019
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More than 325 women gathered in Chicago this week for JAC's annual Power of Women Luncheon. The luncheon's theme was "Powerful Words."  We were honored to have Dr. Jill Biden and Sarah Hurwitz, Michelle Obama's former speechwriter.

Sharon Koltin and Tina Wolf, our co-chairs, spearheaded a successful event which raised critical funds for JAC's work heading into the 2020 election.

"Words - powerful words -  lead to action. Anti-Semitism, abortion bans, and school shootings. The use of hateful rhetoric by today's administration undermines who we are as Americans," Tina said at the luncheon. "We want to teach our children how to raise people up, not push them down. We want them to use their words to promote moral integrity, compassion and justice in our society."

As a child of Holocaust survivors, Sharon personally knows the devastation that hate-speech can cause.

"Our highly charged political environment is creating polarization and hatred. Dangerous words lead to deadly actions. All heinous acts throughout history have begun with hate speech," Sharon said.

Tina, who has been involved with JAC for more than 10 years, has joined JAC many times in Washington, DC for our policy conference, even having her children attend with her.

After attending her first JAC Conference last March, Sharon said that, "Every senator and representative I met with knew JAC and the issues we stand for. I had the opportunity to talk in-depth with them regarding the words that matter most to me such as, gun control, support for Israel and women's right to choose."

As an English teacher, Dr. Biden, understands the power of words to inspire and transform her students.

"We give our heart in little ways with the words we use," she said. "Each of us must choose every day the kind of world we want with the words we use."

This is a pivotal time in our country. Turn your powerful words about the issues you care about into action with JAC.
Thank you to our 2019 Power of Women Luncheon Co-Chairs Sharon Koltin (r) and Tina Wolf (l) for an outstanding event.
Luncheon Co-Chair Sharon Koltin (middle) with her family.
Luncheon Co-chair Tina Wolf (middle) with her family.
Thank you to Dr. Jill Biden for spending part of her birthday with us to discuss the power of words and importance of action.
Former JAC President Betsy Sheerr led an interview with keynote speaker Sarah Hurwitz discussing her work as speechwriter for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Thank you to our out of town members who joined us!

Thank you to the elected officials who joined us for lunch!
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Thank you to everyone who came and made this our best luncheon yet!

Another successful Win-Win Raffle
JAC members Jody Kasten (l) and AnnDee Levy (r) delivered JAC support to Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) in California.
Report: Kushner's Peace Plan Being Treated like a Thermonuclear Disaster 
Two and a half years ago, Donald Trump  boldly proclaimed  that his son-in-law,  Jared Kushner,  would be the guy to finally bring peace to the Middle East. "All my life I've been hearing that's the toughest deal to make, but I have a feeling Jared is going to do a great job," the president-elect said. Now  even the president's allies thinking Kushner's plan stinks, and a number of the administration's longtime defenders begging the first son-in-law to scrap the whole thing.
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Israel Forms Rare Partnership with Arab Nations to Protect Red Sea Corals

13 Democratic Candidates Delivered Videos to this Jewish Conference. The Different Messages Hint at What's to Come.

YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views
YouTube announced plans to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service. The new policy will ban "videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion," the company said in a blog post. The prohibition will also cover videos denying that violent events, like the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, took place. 
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Dr. Leana Wen: A State of Emergency in Missouri and Across the Country
Just hours before the last health center offering abortion care in Missouri was forced to halt that care, a state court jumped in to protect access to safe, legal abortion for at least a few more days. But this brief reprieve could end at any moment, and more than a million women of reproductive age in the state of Missouri could lose access to essential health care in their state-marking the very first time since Roe v Wade that the state would not have a single health center offering abortion care. 
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Washington Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Against Florist Who Refused Same-Sex Couple
  The Washington State Supreme Court upheld its previous ruling that a florist discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to sell them flowers for their wedding.  The court found in 2017 that the company, Arlene's Flowers, had violated state anti-discrimination law by refusing the same-sex couple.  But the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 ordered the state's justices to review whether there was "religious animus" in the decision after the high court narrowly ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple.
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Gov. Ralph Northam Will Convene Special Session of Virginia Legislature to Take up Gun Control

Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) is calling lawmakers back to Richmond for a special session of the General Assembly to take up a package of gun-control bills in the wake of Friday's mass shooting in Virginia Beach. "We must do more than give our thoughts and prayers," Northam said, indicating that he will schedule the session for late June. "We must give Virginians the action they deserve."
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What Republicans and Democrats Are Doing in the States Where They Have Total Power   
What laws are being passed in "trifecta " states, in which one party controls both houses of the legislature and the governor's office? These states are ripe for bills to pass easily because the other party can't stop them. And they serve as a good indicator of each party's priorities and what it might do at the federal level given unfettered power.
The Ghosts of D-Day
Charles de Gaulle found the memory of D-Day so painful that he refused to participate in commemorations of the Normandy invasion during his 11 years as president of France. He did not invite heads of government to mark either the 20th anniversary in 1964 or the 25th in 1969.  The experience of liberation was a complex thing for almost every country that experienced it from 1943 to 1945, but perhaps nowhere more than France.  
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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.

Thursday, June 13
JACII Chicago Wine & Hummus Tasting
Moran Birman
Israeli Consul for Public Diplomacy
Chicago, IL
Contact the JAC office for details
Tuesday, June 18
JACII Detroit - Abortion Access in Michigan
State Senator Mallory McMorrow
The Michigan legislature has passed a ban on a common second semester termination procedure - D&E. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vowed to veto this bill, but it is critical we all know what is at stake in this ongoing fight.

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.

"I don't want to see [Trump] impeached, I want to see him in prison. "
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Wednesday, June 12
9:30 am 
Talking Points
David Wasserman
of The Cook Political Report  
Deerfield, IL
Thursday, June 13
JACII Chicago Wine & Hummus Tasting
Moran Birman
Israeli Consul for Public Diplomacy
Chicago, IL
Call JAC office for details
Tuesday, June 18
7:30 pm 
JACII Detroit
State Senator Mallory McMorrow 
Discussion on the fight over abortion access in Michigan
Want to host a JAC event? Contact the office and we will help organize it. 
847.433.5999 or [email protected]
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.
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