March 19, 2021
What's On Our Mind ...
Xenophobia, Antisemitism, and Guns

The attack on the Asian community in Atlanta was a direct attack on all of us. JAC and the entire Jewish community stand with any individual or group that is targeted for their religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. We each have a moral responsibility to fight against hate, xenophobia, and violence.

On Monday, March 22, JAC will have a zoom call with Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who was recently named as one of the co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism. He is calling for an independent FBI investigation into the spa killings in Georgia on Tuesday after a sheriff’s office spokesman, who is helping to investigate the recent massage parlor slayings, promoted a T-shirt with racist language about China and the coronavirus last year. He has since been removed as office spokesman.


The dramatic increase in hate crimes can be directly linked to the past four years and Donald Trump’s continued use of antisemitic tropes and ethnic slurs. He continually referred to COVID as the Kung Flu. He could not resist one last racist remark as he left office. He again called the deadly disease the “China virus” during his last speech as President just before boarding Marine One to leave Washington, DC.

Upcoming Events

Special Event for Current Members Only
Discussion on Antisemitism with
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)
Co-Chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism
Monday, March 22
4:00 pm ET | 3:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm PT
Virtual Reception in Support of
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Wednesday, March 24
7:00 pm ET | 6:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm PT

Attendee $500 | Participant $1,000 | Co-Host $2,900 | Host $5,800
Virtual Reception in Support of
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI)
Wednesday, March 31
7:00 pm ET | 6:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm PT

Suggested Contributions
$100 | $250 | $500 | $1,000 | $2,900
Special Event for Current Members Only
Conversation with JAC Member & Superhero
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Senior Chief Deputy Whip, House Energy & Commerce Committee
Tuesday, April 6
5:00 pm ET | 4:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm PT
Consul General of Israel to the Midwest Aviv Ezra

Time and Date TBD
Instagram of the Week
March 18, 2021 - Yesterday, Senate Democrats introduced S.1: For The People Act. This sweeping reform bill, which just passed in the House, will protect our right to vote and strengthen the security and integrity of our elections. Since the 2020 election, Trump and his allies have been promoting the “big lie” that the election was unfair and stolen. As a result, Republican legislatures around the country are introducing hundreds of voter suppression bills. Tell your Senators to pass S.1, to stand-up to voter suppression, and to save our democracy. #ForThePeopleAct

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In the News
ISRAEL
A new Gallup study shows that favorable opinions of Israel remain high at 75% of Americans. With the Israeli election rapidly approaching, the number of undecided voters makes the race unpredictable. Israel delivered the world's fastest vaccine rollout -- here is how they did it.
ANTISEMITISM AND BDS
The ADL has reported that white-supremacist propaganda hit an all-time high in 2020. U.S. intelligence agencies warn of a heightened domestic extremism threat. After the Atlanta shootings, Jewish groups around the country are standing in solidarity with Asian-Americans.
CHOICE
The Atlanta shooting suspect bought his gun faster than a woman in Georgia can get an abortion. The Supreme Court conservatives want to topple abortion rights, but they can't agree on how. The troubling COVID vaccine rollout might help Americans realize why abortion access is such a big deal.
RELIGION AND STATE
The Equality Act is creating a historic face-off between religious exemptions and LGBTQ rights. The Supreme Court's COVID-19 cases are stirring up a battle between religion and same-sex couples over foster care. The House chaplain criticized lawmakers in prayer for failing to unite around pandemic relief.
BEYOND THE CORE
The Violence Against Women Act runs into GOP objections on guns and trans-rights. Dr. Fauci said the U.S. might need to vaccinate children in order to reach herd immunity from COVID-19. The Senate needs to go big on climate change -- or face irrevocable environmental damage. Here is how Congress can counter the Republican assault on voting rights.
POLITICAL BYTE
President Biden endorsed plans to change the Senate filibuster rules. U.S. intelligence says that Vladimir Putin targeted people close to former president Trump in a bid to influence the 2020 election. Here is why H.R. 1 is the most significant democracy reform bill in decades.
FYI
Fusing African and Jewish cuisines, Richmond's JewFro restaurant that was inspired by the George Floyd protest movement. From 'Mank' to an Israeli short film -- 5 notable Jewish nominees for the 2021 Oscars. Learn more about Lily Renee Phillips, the Jewish female comic book artist who was overlooked for decades.
The Last Word
"You targeted people in three different locations. That wasn't a bad day. That was a massacre."

— Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) responding to the GA sheriff spokesman who said the man accused of the killing spree this week in GA had a "bad day."
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