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October 8, 2021

What's On Our Mind ...

The Senate’s inability to pass meaningful gun safety legislation is costing lives. Every day, over 100 people are shot and killed in America and hundreds more are injured. Despite the surge in gun violence, the NRA has doubled down on its extremism and dangerous rhetoric. 

Now House-passed bills aimed at curbing gun violence and promoting safety for our children, families, and neighbors, languish in the Senate while our communities continue to be at risk.

Currently, the Senate needs 60 votes (referred to as a filibuster) to pass most legislation. With only 50 Democratic Senators, the GOP would need to support many of these important bills. The lack of bipartisanship leads to gridlock.

More than 50 million children this fall finally returned to the classroom. While their studies resume, so does the growing fear of gun violence in the school.

So far — and we are only in October — we have seen the most number of people shot during this back-to-school period since 2013, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.

JAC-supported candidates Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Lucy McBath (D-GA) introduced the School Shooting Safety and Preparedness Act this week. The Act will allow the public and policy makers to gain a complete and accurate picture of gun violence in and around school campuses. By providing accurate data, public officials can build effective strategies to prevent bloodshed at our places of learning.

Two days after the bill’s introduction, an 18-year-old student in Arlington, Texas shot and injured three people after an altercation with another classmate escalated. The time for passage and enactment of meaning full legislation addressing the epidemic of gun violence is NOW.

Has your Representative sponsored this bill? Call 202-224-3121 and ask them to do so NOW.

There’s no excuse for this senseless gun violence, especially when legislative solutions are sitting before the Senate. We cannot allow tens of thousands of Americans to be killed because of the Senate’s inability to pass meaningful laws to prevent gun violence. The House is doing their job. It’s time the Senate did the same.

What can we do? We need to elect more Senators — like Val Demings (D-FL) — who are committed to ending the soaring gun violence in our country. We also need to find ways to make the Senate work more efficiently and effectively for the American people, such as ending or modifying the filibuster, which is preventing crucial legislation from getting stuck by political obstructionism.

Support JAC candidates who care about you and your children's' safety.

JAC Around Town

Gottheimer with JAC

From l to r: Merle Styer, Stacy Rudd, and Janna Berk with Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ).

Women's March 10-2-21

Ashley Wexner (l) and Lesley Katz (r) showed up at the Women's March.


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In the News

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Hamas in Lebanon is not just orchestrating terrorism in the West Bank, it is also shaping an offensive force in Lebanon itself. An Israeli senior Foreign Ministry official hints that Oman is at the top of the list of countries that may normalize relations with Israel next. An Israeli cybersecurity company details how Iranian actors are running an operation to steal information from Israel.


The EU released its first official strategy on fighting antisemitism, protecting and fostering Jewish life, and promoting Holocaust education and remembrance. The fall academic semester has begun — so has BDS on campus. Jewish groups launch an online portal for college students to report antisemitic incidents.

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The Texas abortion law was temporarily blocked by a federal judge and the state of Texas has already appealed the ruling. More abortion restrictions have been enacted this year than any other, with 19 states passing 106 new limitations on the procedure. The Biden administration has revoked a Trump-era rule, saying it would no longer bar clinics that receive federal family planning aid from advising people about abortion.


Here are the four faith-related cases to watch in the Supreme Court’s new term. The number of white Evangelicals surged between 2016 and 2020. This growth was fueled almost entirely by Trump supporters, who began to embrace an Evangelical identity after he was elected. It’s time to close the religious vaccine objection loophole.

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About 1.6 million guns were sold in September. Read about how that breaks down state-by-state. The White House is moving to restore several environmental review requirements that were rolled back by the Trump administration. Neither expanding gun rights nor overturning Roe v. Wade would be popular among Americans, yet the Supreme Court is considering both this term — a sign of how conservative it has become.


The lack of Senate supermajorities and votes across party lines has produced a political environment where presidents need to achieve complete unity in their party to pass their agenda. Senate leaders announced an agreement to extend the government’s borrowing authority into December, temporarily averting a financial crisis. Political independents are among the most heavily scrutinized electoral bloc in American politics, but they aren’t united. Their backgrounds and viewpoints cover a wide spectrum.

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The ‘Spanish Schindler’ saved 5,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Now Spain wants to find their descendants. Read about the secret Jewish history behind the Chicago fire. The latest My Little Pony iteration is under fire from Fox News because the villainous pony bears striking similarities to Trump.

The Last Word

“I’m not shy about protecting the U.S.-Israel relationship. It’s the right thing to do for America.”

– Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ)


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