Within 11 minutes of Israel declaring statehood in 1948, the U.S. announced its support and recognition of the new Jewish state. Thus began a 70-year relationship that has endured despite changes in Congress, the Knesset, prime ministers and presidents. Today, Israel still remains one of the closet allies of the U.S. in the world.
This week, we honored the victims of the Holocaust. According to a study from the Claims Conference, there are critical gaps both in awareness of basic facts as well as detailed knowledge of the Holocaust amongst young adults. Nearly half of millennials cannot name a single death camp.
Since the tragic shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month, our nation has been captivated by the spirit of those students and other young people from across the country.
Like Nachson, who jumped in and took the first steps to split the Red Sea for the Jews to escape the approaching Egyptian forces, these young people have parted the political waters. They have also leapt into the unknown with nothing but their faith and courage guiding them as they forge ahead.
Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.s death on April 4, 1968. King raised the consciousness of a nation embroiled in the ugliness of segregation and racial hatred.
While he was only 39 when he was gunned down, he did see the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. These bills were seen as major accomplishments for the civil rights movement. Unfortunately, today we still grapple with the same issues those Acts were meant to address.
While the victims' families struggle with the pain and heartbreak following the high school shooting, the entire country is debating an action plan. Many ask what can be done. It is clear that we need common sense gun laws such as expanded background checks, which would include gun shows and the internet, and a ban on assault weapons. But getting there is nearly impossible with the NRA standing in the way
Today, in an unprecedented move, the White House released a highly sensitive intelligence document for political gain. Donald Trump's aim is to discredit his critics. There is a dark shadow hanging over Trump and his associates with alleged ties to Russia and other unconstitutional actions, and a dark cloud over the country.
The Mueller and FBI investigations, the government shutdown, and the overall gridlock in Washington, D.C. does not give the public a great deal of confidence in Congress and our elected officials.
Monday marks the 45th Anniversary of Roe v Wade when the Supreme Court ruled that the constitutional right to privacy "is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy," thereby ensuring that women had a protected right to a safe and legal abortion.
Prior to that, women went to extreme, dangerous and desperate measures to end a pregnancy. Women were willing to risk their lives to have control over their bodies.
Last May, I was lucky enough to join JAC at their annual Washington D.C. meeting. At that time, I was frustrated, dismayed and dejected following the 2016 election. However, those days changed my life and renewed my passion.
We arrived in DC and after a briefing by JAC staff and policy experts we immediately headed to the Hill to begin our advocacy work. I met with dozens of Members of Congress whose commitment and dedication to public service, despite the political climate, reassured me hope was not lost.
2018 is starting off in an upside down world.
There are blizzards in the South and on the East Coast, while the Rocky Mountains are begging for snow. And our leaders deny climate change.
White House staff is coming and going, and publicly turning on each other.
We have a president tweeting at world leaders, potentially inciting war.
Let's make history together in 2018 and elect candidates across the country who will fight to keep the U.S.-Israel relationship bipartisan and strong, protect women's reproductive freedom and guarantee that the separation between religion and state remains solid.
There will only be 309 days until the November election once we usher in 2018. JAC will be working hard to support and help elect candidates that will fight for the values we care about.
We can't do this without you. Here's your 2018 JAC To-Do-List: