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Week In Review 6-5-2020

As we end an incredibly painful week in America, we are further reminded about the work and healing we need to do to repair and improve our country and to finally end systemic racism. We are hurting as a nation and in our communities. Our spirit is bruised and battered.
 
We have seen these graphic images again and again. Each time it fills us with pain and renewed calls for change. Yet we are left frustrated and feeling hopeless, just waiting for the next horrific event to rip at our souls.
 

Week in Review 5-29-2020

President Trump's attack on the media to delegitimize them and cast doubt has been a prime focus of his since he took office. But on Thursday, he attacked the very media that allowed him to build followers for his hateful, spiteful, and untrue speech. He signed an executive order targeting social media companies, namely Twitter and Facebook, for applying fact checks to two of his tweets. 
 

Week In Review 5-22-2020

We will celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, in our new virtual world. There will be no parades and picnics. The streets and parks will be empty. We will need to remember on our own the men and women who believed that serving our country was an honor and privilege
 

Week in Review May 15, 2020

Time is running out. Our election is only 171 days away, and we have done little to ensure that our elections are secure from foreign influence. 
 
A recent bipartisan report from the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that in 2016 all 50 states were likely targeted by Russian operatives seeking access to election infrastructure, at least one major election vendor was successfully breached, and that future attacks should be expected. Cyberattacks against political campaigns tied to both Russia and Iran have continued.

Week In Review 5-10-2020

 

This week we want to highlight several important developments that are too important to get lost in the Coronavirus news of the week.

Title IX and Sexual Assault

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released new regulations for schools dealing with sexual misconduct under Title IX, the law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational settings. These new regulations offer more protections for the accusers than the victims.

Week in Review 5-1-2020

One of the big lessons we learned form the 2016 campaign is DON'T LISTEN TO POLLS. 

Recent polling in key battleground states show Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump. However, the election is still six months away, a lifetime in elections. Optimism is welcomed, especially during these difficult dark days, but optimism can be lethal. It can lead to complacency. 

Week in Review 4-24-2020

This pandemic has clearly shown us that elections have consequences. Those we helped elect, and those who were already in office, are now charged with making decisions that literally will determine who lives and who dies. There is a complete lack of leadership in Washington during a time that we need it most. 

Week in Review 4-17-2020

The GOP is more committed than ever to restricting women's access to reproductive health care. They are continuing to wage war on women by declaring that abortion is not an essential service during the Coronavirus pandemic.

States have placed restrictions that have effectively banned or blocked the availability of abortion services.

Week In Review 4-3-2020

 

Jews have been forced to find unique ways to celebrate holidays when antisemitism and persecution threatened their existence. Jews learned to be creative - and daring. Today we face the challenge of celebrating Passover in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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