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October 15, 2021

What's On Our Mind ...

Floods, tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes, droughts - climate disasters in the U.S. and around the world continue to increase in frequency and ferocity. An entire city burst into flames this summer! So far in 2021, 18 weather disasters have wrecked homes, destroyed livelihoods, and killed hundreds of people in the U.S. Costing at least $1 billion each, these extreme weather events will total into the most expensive year ever. This is no coincidence.

Climate change is happening now and is intensifying natural disasters. No one is free from its effects. 85 percent of the world’s population has already been impacted by changing climates from human activity, especially the reliance on fossil fuels, which release greenhouse gases and warm our earth.

Climate change threatens national security. Global warming causes sea levels to rise which, in turn, erode our coastlines, destroying infrastructure and making towns susceptible to ecological disasters. Out west, higher temperatures create heat waves that strain power systems and instigate drought. In the Mideast, scarce clean water causes violent conflicts, breaks down governments, and contributes to mass migration. Natural resources drive tensions among Israel’s neighbors.

This is Congress’s last chance to prevent our globe from worsening beyond repair. Biden’s Build Back Better agenda must be passed. This legislation will transition us to clean energy sources and rebuild our electrical grid. Between the reconciliation bill and the infrastructure bill, Congress can slash U.S. pollution by 45 percent.

JAC-supported candidates have tangible solutions for this crisis. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) put clean energy tax credits in the infrastructure bill. He is also responsible for provisions that secure the power grid from natural disasters and prevent wildfires sparked by an aging and fragile system. JAC will hear from Sen. Wyden on October 25th. RSVP here.

We have only one more year to act to ensure our future security in the face of climate change. Redistricting and the midterm elections could strip our majorities in the House and Senate.

139 Members of Congress are climate deniers, despite scientific and public consensus about global warming. We can’t afford to wait or let these deniers strip away our children and grandchildren's futures through greediness, thoughtlessness, and spite. Donate to JAC to support our candidates taking a strong stance to prevent and mitigate climate change.


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Upcoming Events

Join us for a special Zoom with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)


Monday, Oct. 25


12:00 pm ET | 11:00 am CT | 9:00 am PT

RSVP here

In-person and online discussion with Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI)


Friday, Oct. 29

11:00 pm ET | 10:00 am CT | 8:00 am PT

Highland Park, IL or Zoom

RSVP here

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In the News

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Israel says it will keep the Golan Heights as Assad's fortunes and U.S. views shift. Israel and the U.S. sounded more in sync on the Iranian threat at a recent trilateral meeting. The U.S. will go forward with reopening the Jerusalem consulate that traditionally engaged with Palestinians, according to Sec. of State Antony Blinken.


For the first time in its more than 70-year history, the Organization of American States has designated a person to tackle antisemitism in the Western Hemisphere. Covid conspiracy theories are driving antisemitism online. A top administrator at a Texas school district advised its teachers to offer students an "opposing" perspective about the Holocaust in their classrooms.

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As the Texas abortion ban is reinstated once again, the Justice Department will turn its efforts to the Supreme Court. What happens after the Court reverses Roe? Christian evangelicals will fight for personhood to start at conception, making contraception and IVF illegal. Meanwhile, read the Justices' views on abortion in their own words.


Religious exemptions for vaccines should not exist — here's why. There is a not-well-talked-about school voucher case that threatens the separation of religion and state. Beyond abortion, rights protecting birth control and LGBTQ+ people are under threat from the Mississippi Supreme Court case.

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Gun violence is claiming an increasing number of American children, from toddlers caught in crossfire to teenagers gunned down for posting the wrong thing on social media. Attorneys general take a creative aim at Postmaster General DeJoy's USPS service slowdowns. The Biden Administration is transforming immigration reform by targeting employers, not undocumented workers.


Senate Republicans are terrified Trump will run in 2024 but will support him anyway. Trump, who has insistently pushed the baseless notion that the 2020 election was stolen, is dissuading his supporters from voting in the 2022 and 2024 elections if Republicans fail to "solve" the so-called fraud. House Democrats outraised Republicans by $10 million in the third quarter.

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Israel harvests dates from 2,000-year-old seeds. The church is honoring my father, Elie Wiesel — and his legacy includes unapologetic Zionism. Venezuela has one of the world’s most tight-knit Jewish communities. They are still mourning their Surfside victims.

The Last Word

"In 2009, Democrats controlled both Congress and the White House for the first time in nearly two decades. Yet Democrats failed to resolve many of the urgent priorities they had pledged to address... We have all heard the parallels to 2010. But there is one significant difference between 2009 and 2021—we will not break our promises to our voters."

Reps. Angie Craig (MN-02), Colin Allred (TX-32), Susie Lee (NV-03), Kim Schrier (WA-08), Susan Wild (PA-07), and Tom Malinowski (NJ-07) on Biden's Build Back Better agenda


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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