December 2, 2016

JAC members meeting to get ready for the 2018 election cycle. Now is the time to renew your membership and get involved!

Contact the JAC office if you would like to host a meeting to discuss our goals, issues, and the road forward to the 2018 mid-term election.

  • Claimed that when Donald Trump grabbed a woman inappropriately it was not sexual assault. 
  • Voted to allow violent, convicted anti-abortion offenders to escape their court-levied fines in bankruptcy.
  • Voted against a resolution in support of Roe v. Wade.
  • Voted for the unconstitutional 20-week abortion ban. 
  • Opposed protections against clinic violence.
  • Voted to defund Planned Parenthood. 
  • Joked that the KKK was OK.
  • Blocked from a federal judgeship by the GOP-led Senate because he was viewed as too racist and controversial.


Where Do We Go From Here?
 Post-Election Discussion 
Friday, Dec 9
Philadelphia, PA


For more information and to RSVP, contact the JAC office at 847.433.5999 or
Trump's Choices --
A Brief Overview

Steve Bannon
As the former Chief Executive of, Bannon was responsible for the news content that promoted anti-semitism, racism and xenophobia. He also believes in "genetic superiority" for "certain" people.

Sheriff David Clarke
He doesn't believe that police brutality is a problem. He has used Twitter to call for riots to support Donald Trump.

Betsy DeVos
She is known for her extremely conservative views and strong desire to "gut" public schools in favor of charter schools. She is a strong supporter for the use of public funds to support religious schools in the form of vouchers. 

Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
He was fired from the Defense Intelligence Agency for his temperament. Flynn has made public anti-Muslim statements and advocates working closely with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Rep. Tom Price
As one of the most anti-choice Members of Congress, Price has tried to outlaw abortion even in the cases of rape and incest. He believes all women are able to afford contraception.

Sen. Jeff Sessions
He opposes funding for Planned Parenthood and efforts to curb violence at abortion clinics. Sessions was denied a federal judgeship by his GOP colleagues because of his racist and controversial views.
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Israel & the Middle East
John Kerry: We Can Preserve Two-State Solution 
Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry signaled in a speech that the Obama administration was still considering action on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in its final days, although it might fall short of a direct intervention on the issue.
U.S., Israel Set To Boost Teamwork on Cybersecurity  
Israel and the United States are poised to collaborate more closely on cybersecurity research and development as lawmakers passed two bills that aim to strengthen the collaboration between the nations. The bills, the United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016 and the United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2016, now await action in the Senate.

Netanyahu Thanks Abbas for Sending Firefighting Crews 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for sending firefighters to assist in putting out massive fires throughout Israel. The Palestinian Authority sent eight fire trucks and about 40 firefighters.
Anti-Semitism & BDS
100 Anti-Semitic Incidents Reported in U.S. Post-Election
One hundred anti-Semitic incidents occurred in the 10 days following the presidential election, representing about 12 percent of hate incidents in the U.S. recorded by a civil rights watchdog.
Trump Health Czar Tom Price Is A Nightmare For Women
Now that Donald Trump  has nominated Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price  as Secretary of Health and Human Services, it's not only time to get your IUD, it's also time to stock up on birth control pills. 
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Texas Will Require Funerals for Fetuses   
Texas lawmakers have finalized a controversial rule mandating that fetal tissue be burned or cremated after abortion--and the repercussions for women throughout the state could be devastating.
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Abortion Foes Plot Wave of Legislation in the States  
Opponents of abortion rights are planning to push a raft of new rules and restrictions after their allies scored big wins in state legislative chambers and gubernatorial races. Legislators in some states have already filed measures to prohibit or limit abortions that occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy and to ban abortions conducted by dismembering a fetus. 
Separation of Religion & State
Church-State Separationists Fear Trump's Education Pick
Last week, just before Thanksgiving, the president-elect named Betsy DeVos, a billionaire education reform activist and champion of charter schools and public funding for private schooling, as his education secretary.
Beyond the Core
Future Looking Bright for the Gun Lobby Under Trump
Of all the issues that Donald Trump ran on, the one he was arguably the most consistent and clear about was his support for Second Amendment rights. In return, the NRA committed to Trump wholeheartedly.
The Fight to Confirm Trump's SCOTUS Nominee Starts Now
President-elect Donald Trump has not been sworn in, nor has he said whom he intends to nominate to the Supreme Court once he is inaugurated. But a key activist group is starting to mobilize for the bare-knuckle fight that is sure to follow that nomination. 
Political Bytes
Women Take Running For Office Into Their Own Hands
On Wednesday, she woke up inconsolable. On Thursday, angry. But on the Friday after the presidential election, as she prepared posters to join thousands in protesting Donald Trump's victory, Mia Hern├índez came to a quiet realization: If she found her country's direction intolerable, she would have to try to change it. 
Greatest Exit Interview with President Obama
In an interview conducted the day after the election, the commander in chief reflected on the stunning results and how he'll spend his time post-White House.
Top Democrat Leaves Post on Ways and Means Committee
Rep.  Sander M. Levin  of Michigan is stepping aside as ranking member on Ways and Means, opening the door to a competition for the tax-writing panel's top Democratic slot. 
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Pelosi Prevails 
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi swept aside a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan to win another term atop the Democratic Caucus, ensuring continuity for Democrats despite their poor performance on Election Day. 
7 Moments that Defined Castro's Relationship with Jews and Israel
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, whose death was announced  late Friday, had a complicated history with Jews. Under Castro, who seized power in 1959, and his brother Raul Castro, who took over as president in 2008, Jews in Cuba were extended religious freedoms and received special rations from the government for kosher meat. But the former Cuban leader also frequently expressed hostile views on Israel. 
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What Queen Victoria Would Have Told Hillary Clinton
So what lessons would a doughty queen like Victoria have for Clinton in the days ahead? What could a woman who inherited power say to a woman who almost won it? Apart from: "there's no one depressed in  this  house"?

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