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What's On Our Mind 9-10-2021

What's on Our Mind
 
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks which claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people. The memories of that day still fill us up with horror, disbelief, and sadness.
 
An ever-growing number of Americans have no personal memory of that day. They were either too young or not yet born. However, they are living in a world defined by that tragic moment, from how they travel through airports to the war in Afghanistan.
 

What's on Our Mind 8-27-2021

What's on Our Mind...
 
Fleeing our homes from persecution to the unknown in hopes of safety and freedom is etched into our collective Jewish experience. That is why the unfolding events in Afghanistan are even more upsetting for us to witness.
 

What's on Our Mind 8-20-2021

This week marked the 101st anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. It was a 72-year effort that began in 1848 after the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY. The convention included a resolution that women should seek the right to vote. 
 

What's on Our Mind 7-30-2021

 
 
JAC was saddened to learn of the passing Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI). Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this difficult time.
 
First elected to the Senate in 1978, JAC was proud to call Sen. Levin our friend. Our members always looked forward to visiting with him in Washington and hearing him address us during our annual policy conference. 
 

What's on Our Mind 7-23-2021

 
JAC is proud to endorse Shontel Brown for Congress. She is running to fill the vacated seat of Rep. Martha Fudge (OH-11), who was appointed Secretary of Housing & Human Development by President Joe Biden.
 
Shontel has expressed her strong support for Israel and will work to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. She vehemently opposes BDS because it "seeks to weaken, isolate, and delegitimize Israel." She believes it is "also counterproductive to peacefully resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

What's on Our Mind 7-16-2021

Tomorrow will be the one-year anniversary of the passing of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). He spent his life working to end injustice and to ensure that every citizen has the same easy access to voting. That was Rep. Lewis' hope for this country. Yet today, we are further from the finish line than ever before. 
 
Congress can't seem to pass a voting rights bill. Antisemitism is a growing threat on campuses and communities. The GOP continues to find new ways to engage in race-baiting to strengthen its base.
 

What's On Our Mind 7-9-2021

It’s not just about roads and bridges. President Joe Biden’s sweeping infrastructure plan will also have a major impact on women and their ability to access birth control, infertility treatments, and other reproductive healthcare services.

High-speed internet is a woman’s passport to the world of healthcare. More than 30 million Americans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure with minimally acceptable speeds. This, along with states’ abortion restrictions, has created a growing crisis for women.

What's On Our Mind 7-2-2021

Unlike last year, this Independence Day we will be with friends and families at barbeques, parades, and fireworks.

But for me, this occasion feels surreal. On Thursday, the House voted to form a committee to investigate the January 6th Capitol attack, an event that still leaves deep scars on our nation’s soul. I won’t forget that day, the day my country let me down.

This July 4th we celebrate our freedom, yet much of our freedom feels fragile and desperately needs protecting. That is exactly what I have been working for at JAC for the past four years.

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