October 19, 2018
Now Available for download:
2017-2018 Jewish Community Voter Guide.

See how your elected officials have voted on issues important to you over the last year.

The Jewish Community Voter Guide is a non-partisan guide of Congressional votes compiled by the JAC Education Foundation for 2017 through June 2018 on key issues important to the Jewish community.

Also available in printed format. Contact the JAC Education Foundation at info@jaceducationfoundation.org to order.

JAC members met with Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-25) in Chicago. (l to r: Joan Reed, Sydnei Levin, Adrienne Glazov, Ron Port, Lynn Goldman, Adam Schiff, Susan Berk, Jacki Parmacek, Lois Mills)
Allan & Josh Swartzberg with Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) in New Mexico.
Allan Swartzberg delivered JAC support to Deb Haaland, candidate for NM-1.
Jamie Sher (left) delivered JAC support to Katie Porter, candidate for CA-45.
JAC met with Phil Bredesen, former governor and current Senate candidate for TN when he came to Chicago.
JAC met with Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) in Chicago. (Howard Swibel, Linda Rae Sher, Marcia Balonick, Hollis Wein, Susan Insoft, Tina Smith)
Postcard writing for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) with Lynn Goldman & Sydnei Levin.
Marcia Balonick delivered JAC support to Jason Crow in Colorado.
JAC members turned out to hear Jennifer Duffy of The Cook Political Report this week for a special Talking Points featuring her analysis of the upcoming election. (l to r: Marcey Bernstein, Susan Insoft, Janna Berk, Jacki Parmacek, Jennifer Duffy, Marcy Barichello, State Sen. Julie Morrison, Susan Berk.)
On Friday, October 5th, as the Senate held the final vote on Brett Kavanaugh, I stood outside a Walgreens in North Las Vegas armed with my clipboard and pen. A devastating day to be sure, and if I was home, in Los Angeles, hearing the news on TV or in my car, it would have gotten the best of me for the better part of the day. However, standing on that corner, wearing my JAC get out the vote tee, and registering people to vote, I felt energized and grateful I had something critically important to do.

Like so many others, since Trump's election, I have found myself doing things I never imagined I would do. Knocking on doors, talking to strangers in front of a market and making cold calls were things other people did. What if people slammed doors in my face? What if I couldn't find the words to persuade someone? While I have had a couple of doors slammed in my face, I also have had incredible conversations with people in every neighborhood I have canvased in, from suburbs in Michigan canvasing for Elissa Slotkin's House race to recently for Rep. Jacky Rosen in running for the Senate in Nevada.  

If you are on the fence about getting involved, reach out to JAC. Together we are stronger. #GOTV

Eileen Stringer
 
Canvassing in Las Vegas (l to r: Las Vegas resident, AnnDee Levy, Eileen Stringer)

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Do you know a high school or college student who would like to intern at JAC during the school year or next summer? Call the JAC office at 847.433.5999 about opportunities.

Do you know where your polling place is?

EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED IN MANY STATES.
HIGHLIGHTED CANDIDATES
 
Jason Crow
Candidate for CO-6
Jason Crow served in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division where he led a platoon of paratroopers during the invasion of Iraq and earned the Bronze Star for his combat actions. He also served in the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. Jason is a leader who has always put selfless service above politics and isn't afraid to fight for what is right.
Abby Finkenauer
Candidate for IA-1
Abby Finkenauer, as a state representative, became know as a staunch defender of working families and a vocal advocate for women. She will fight in Congress against bills that target women's health. She will also work to maintain Israel's security, which continuing the deep economic ties between our two nations. An important part of this is to defend Israel from anti-Semitic diplomatic attacks at bodies like the UN.
Haley Stevens
Candidate for MI-11
Haley Stevens served as chief of staff for the Auto Rescue under the Obama Administration, which helped return the auto industry to financial stability and saved over 200,000 jobs. She has spent her career in economic and workforce development. She has worked in the Office of Recovery for Automotive Communities and the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy. She is a fierce defender of women's rights and autonomy. She believes that the strong and enduring U.S.-Israel relationship is a cornerstone of safety and security.
Mike Levin
Candidate for CA-49
Mike Levin vows to fight for women's rights by defending Planned Parenthood and a woman's right to choose.He is committed to solving the gun violence epidemic and supports both the assault weapon ban and expanding the Brady background checks. He continues to emphasize his support for a two0state solution, and engaging Jewish voters who care about peace in the Middle East.

JAC bundles member donations to House and Senate candidates. These donations will be hand delivered to increase the impact of JACPAC and to further the importance of our issues. Click the button below and select your candidates to support. You can also call the JAC office to make your donation via credit card. 847.433.5999.
 

TAKE ACTION
2 WEEKS TO GO!
 
   
Phonebank, knock on doors near and far - do whatever you can to make sure people get out and vote on November 6.
  • If you want to go with JAC to Florida, Wisconsin, Southern Illinois, Indiana, the Chicago area or somewhere else, give us a call at 847.433.5999
  • The JAC office is open for phone banking going forward. Bring a laptop, phone, and charger.  

If you are out knocking on doors or calling, be sure to send us a photo to include in the EZ Read!  
 
#ElectionsMatter #GetOutAndVote
#Election2018 #GetOffTheSidelines 
 
ISRAEL
U.S. to Merge Diplomatic Mission Serving Palestinians with Embassy in Israel   
  
In a move likely to further strain relations between the United States and the Palestinian Authority, the State Department announced that it will merge the diplomatic mission serving Palestinians with the U.S. Embassy in Israel.    
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ANTI-SEMITISM & BDS
Donald Trump to Speak at Hate Group's Annual Event, a First for a President
 
President Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to address the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit, which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) described as a "rogues' gallery of the radical right." Trump will be the keynote speaker at the  event, which will also be attended by his former strategist, Steve Bannon. Other speakers include the founder of anti-Islam group ACT for America and former Trump strategist, Sebastian Gorka.   
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CHOICE
Women in the U.S. Can Now Get Safe Abortions by Mail

For years, an organization called Women on Web has given women a way to perform their own medication-induced abortions at home. The organization would remotely do online consultations, fill prescriptions, and ship pills that trigger miscarriages to women who live in countries where abortion is illegal. Several studies have shown that the service is safe. or American women who've wanted pills, though, there's been one major problem: Women on Web wouldn't ship to the United States.  
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SEPARATION
Deep in the Desert, a Case Pits Immigration Crackdown Against Religious Freedom 

In January, Border Patrol agents walked up to a ramshackle old building on the outskirts of a small town in Arizona's Sonoran Desert. They found three men. Two were Central Americans who had crossed the border illegally; the third was an American, who was arrested and ultimately charged with two federal criminal counts. One aspect of his defense is based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, also known as RFRA. At root, Warren is saying that his faith compels him to offer assistance to people in dire need, including immigrants. 
BEYOND THE CORE
McConnell's Laser Focus on Transforming the Judiciary

A handful of Republican senators did something unusual: With the Senate not even in session, and no Democrats in sight, they convened the Judiciary Committee to advance a half-dozen of Donald Trump's judicial nominees.
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POLITICAL BYTE
President Obama Doesn't Have Time For These 7 Excuses Not To Vote
Obama Takes on '7 Excuses Not to Vote'
  
Former President Barack Obama is urging young voters to get to the polls next month in a new video that "tackles seven commonly made excuses for not voting." The nearly five-minute video was released on by ATTN: and features Obama reading and responding to the seven reasons, which include: "I don't care about politics," "I don't know where I'm supposed to vote" and "Midterms are boring."
FYI
Why Megabrands Come Shopping for Israeli Retail Technology
 
The total number of Israeli firms working in some aspect of retail-tech is put at 419 by Startup Nation Central. Two of them were acquired last month alone: Upstream Commerce by India's Flipkart and Tapingo by the US-based Grubhub. On October 28-29, Re:Tech's Retail Disrupt conference will bring together startups with retailers from several countries seeking innovation for anything from instore and online customer experience and stock management to fraud prevention and marketing.
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.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

JAC II Chicago: Evening with Moran Birman, Israel Consul for Public Diplomacy, November 29. Details to follow.

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
"The challenge to democracy is the attack on truth,"

- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
 
Wednesday, October 24
Meet & Greet with 
Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA-38)
Chicago
3:00 pm
Call the JAC office for details
847.433.5999
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Wednesday, October 24
Meet & Greet with
Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
Chicago
4:00 pm
Call the JAC Office for details
847.433.5999
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JAC GOTV
 
Join JAC this Sunday as we canvass for Sean Casten in IL-6.
Email Hollis Wein for details.
holliswein@jacpac.org 
 
Join JAC in Florida as we Get Out the Vote for
Sen Bill Nelson (D-IL)
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7)
Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) 
Lauren Baer (Congressional Candidate FL-18
Donna Shalala (Congressional Candidate FL-27)
Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21) 
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
and others   
October 25-28
 
Downstate Illinois for  
Brendan Kelly  (IL-12)
and
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (IL-13)
Thursday & Friday, October 1-2 
 
Details to come. Call the JAC office for more information.
847.433.5999  
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Election Night Watch Party
Tuesday, November 8
7:30 pm
at the home of
Amy Small 
Highland Park 
 
(Want to host a JAC watch party? Contact the office and we will help organize it. 847.433.5999 or info@jacpac.org) 
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 contributes over $200 in a calendar year. 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.